Connect with us

English Mentors Tips

Jen’s English Tips – Giving Instructions in English





.Giving orders and instructions in English


How can you ask someone to do something for you without sounding rude?  Here are some of the ways that you can use to give orders and instructions.

  1. Use the imperative form

We use the imperative form to give orders, warnings and advice:

Be quiet!
Take care!
Sit down.
Get me something to drink.
You should soften the imperative form with let’s or please while talking to an adult.

Let’s go now, shall we?
Let’s take a break, shall we?
Please listen to what I’m saying. (More polite than ‘Listen to what I am saying.’)

  1. Use a modal verb to turn the order into a request

Modal auxiliary verbs can make orders and instructions sound more polite. For example, ‘Could you help me?’ is more polite than ‘Help me!’

More examples are given below.

Could you make me some tea?
Could you post this letter?
Could you lend me 50 dollars, please?
Could you bring me that file, please?
Could you pick up the kids from school, please?
Can you come here please?
Can you do something for me?
Can you do this for me?
Can you wait a minute?
Can you give me a lift?
Can you fetch Mary from the airport?
Will you keep quiet please?
Would you wait here until I’m back?
Could is more polite than can. Both can and could are followed by a verb without to.

Could you help me with this? NOT Could you to help me…?


Learn English on Skype

Inexpensive, Personal, Effective and Enjoyable.


Do you like studying English by yourself with a book or video? Wouldn’t you prefer to learn with a live coach who will guide you to learn faster?

With SKYPE you can learn from the comfort of your home or office. Your online coach will help you with Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Listening and Speaking. You choose where you want to learn and when you want to learn.

Why not take your first step now?
Reserve your first lesson today.
Only 116 (THB) Thai Baht per half hour.

The CTNNews editorial team comprises seasoned journalists and writers dedicated to delivering accurate, timely news coverage. They possess a deep understanding of current events, ensuring insightful analysis. With their expertise, the team crafts compelling stories that resonate with readers, keeping them informed on global happenings.

Continue Reading