Jen’s English Tip’s – Asking Permission
Whenever someone asks you for permission to do or use something you can answer in many ways other than a simple yes. Look at the examples below.
Yes you can
Yes you may
Yes, please do.
Sure, go ahead.
Please feel free.
Go right ahead.
Additionally there are more ways than one to refuse permission. Look at these examples.
Refusing to give permission:
No you cant
No, please dont.
I’m afraid that’s not possible.
I’m sorry but you can’t.
I’d prefer if you didn’t / don’t.
Sorry, but I’d rather you not do that.
Unfortunately, I must say no.
Can I + verb (informal) May I + verb
Can I go out tonight? May I have another piece of pie?
Can he have dinner with us? May we go out with our friends tonight?
Could I please + verb Do you think I could + verb
Could I please go to the movie with Tom? Do you think I could use your telephone?
Could we please go for drive this weekend? Do you think I could borrow your car?
Would it be possible for me + verb Would you mind if I + verb
Would it be possible for me to have a drink? Would you mind if I stayed a few minutes longer?
Would it be possible for me to study here? Would you mind if I took a five minute break?
Would you mind my + verb + ing + your + object
Would you mind my using your telephone?
Would you mind my playing your piano?
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