How to ask questions politely using could, would and may

How to ask questions politely using could, would and may

How to ask questions politely using could, would and may?

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Being polite is an important part of learning how to speak English naturally and there are many ways of making our questions more polite.

 
 

 

How to ask questions politely using could, would and may  1. “Could” and “would” for asking polite questions

 

 

Could and would are often confused by English learners as they can have many meanings.

 

Here, we will look at asking questions politely using “could” and “would”. In informal situations it is possible to use “can”, however, if you want to sound super polite, the best way to do it is to have the following:

 
 

Excuse me / pardon me + could / would + please

 

  • Excuse me, could you help me get off the bus, please? (rather than “Can you help me..”)
  • Pardon me, could you show me the way to the station, please?
  • Could you explain this to me, please?
  • Excuse me, would you give me a hand with these bags, please?
  • Pardon me, would you tell me the time, please?
  • Excuse me, could I ask you something?

 

 

How to ask questions politely using could, would and may  2. “Would you like

 

 

“Would you like” is used for polite offers. It has the same meaning as “Do you want” but it is much more polite and should be used in situations when we are offering something to somebody or making a suggestion about doing something.

 

  • Would you like anything to drink?
  • Would you like to join us for dinner?
  • Would you like to see my house?
  • Would you like to go out with me?

 

 

How to ask questions politely using could, would and may  3. “May

 

“May” is used to ask for permission
 
 
“May” is used as a formal means to ask for permission and is very polite. It is usually used with ‘I’, and sometimes ‘we’.
 
 
  • May I come in, please?
  • May I use the telephone?
  • May we ask you for help?
  • May we make a suggestion?

 

Study these different forms and practise politeness in everyday situations. Make a simple statement, ex. “Open the window” and try saying it in a polite way, ex. “Could/would you open the window, please.” Or “wait a minute” can change into “Could you, please, wait a minute?” Make “please” and “excuse me/pardon me” part of your everyday vocabulary. You may not believe it, but you can never be too polite in English! It really makes a huge difference how you sound and how you come across to (especially) a native speaker.

 
 

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