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  • Hey. Excuse me. Sorry.

  • Or sometimes you can say all three together.

  • Hey, excuse me, sorry. Yes sir.

  • Hello everybody.

  • So, making requests, and asking questions, in English isn't always as simple as saying directly what you want.

  • I want the bill. I want a milkshake. Give me the menu.

  • Doing this can make you seem a bit rude and impolite.

  • So, today we're looking at ways to make your requests, and your questions, in English a bit more polite.

  • But before I continue, please remember to hit the Like button and to subscribe to the channel.

  • So, before we look at ways of making the actual question more polite, you need to say something to begin the conversation appropriately.

  • To do this you could say, hey, excuse me, or sorry.

  • Hey. Excuse me. Sorry.

  • Or sometimes you can say all three together.

  • Hey, excuse me, sorry. Yes, Sir.

  • So, of course all questions in English have modal verbs.

  • But you still might want to consider which modal verbs you want to use.

  • Less formal, but still polite, modal verbs are can and could.

  • Can I have the salad? Yes. Could I have the salad? Sure.

  • While more formal modal verbs are would and may.

  • Would it be possible to have the salad?

  • Sure, no problem. May I have the salad? Of course.

  • Okay, so one way of asking a question politely is to use the following structure.

  • Use a negative question, but with a positive question tag.

  • For example, you could say, you wouldn't mind bringing me another napkin, would you?

  • Sure.

  • You couldn't put some extra sauce on here could you?

  • Of course.

  • To avoid directly blaming someone for a situation, we sometimes use the passive in questions.

  • So, instead of saying have you made my drink yet, you could say.

  • Sorry, has my drink been made yet?

  • And, finally, sometimes in English we use past or continuous forms to make the question even more softer and polite.

  • Often they're technically not part of the question, but just used to introduce it.

  • I was wondering if you could turn the music down a little?

  • Sure.

  • Or sometimes they do form part of the question itself.

  • And that's all. Did you want the menus back? Yes please.

  • And of course, you could always end your request, or question, with a please or thank you, to make sure you're being extra polite.

  • May I have the salad please? Yes.

  • You couldn't put some extra sauce on here could you?

  • Sure, no problem. Thanks.

  • Now, let's recap on how to make your questions, or requests, a bit more polite in English.

  • Okay, so there you go.

  • How to make your requests, and questions, a little bit more polite in English.

  • And please don't forget to comment below with your own examples.

  • Of course, today, we've looked at examples from a restaurant context.

  • But you can choose to use whatever setting you like.

  • And while you're doing that, please don't forget to Like the videos, and subscribe to the channel.

  • Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time for more language fun.

Hey. Excuse me. Sorry.


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How to politely ask questions in English | Learn English with Cambridge

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