Polite Requests - Stating a PreferenceRevision:
Past Continuous Notes:
The language is neutral or formal. * Would you mind....?
* Do you think you could possibly...?
*Also used when speakers don't feel comfortable asking a question, i.e. asking for a favour, or
to borrow money.Vocabulary
Would + pronoun + mind + ing / if -
* The exact meaning here is would the listener object, and can be in the negative, i.e.
- Would you mind looking after the children for half an hour while I go shopping?
- Would you mind cooking lunch, I'm a bit tired?
- Would you mind if John came to the party too?
Would you mind not smoking in the house, please?Could + pronoun + please + infinitive…? -
i.eCould you please help me clear up the house?Could you please not put your feet on the coffee table?pronoun + rather that + pronoun + simple past…
Do you think you could / could you possibly + infinitive…? -
- She'd rather we finished the project before we take a holiday.
- I'd rather that you didn't use your phone at the dinner table.
i.e.Do you think you could possibly drive me to the airport tomorrow?Could you possibly lend me twenty pounds?