A. Making an Offer
|Shall I ...?|
|Can I ...?|
|Would you like ...?|
|How about ...?|
|What about ...?|
|Do you want me to ...?|
|I'll ..., if you like.|
B. Responding to an OfferTo accept or refuse an offer, you can use one of the following expressions.
|Accepting an Offer||Refusing an Offer|
C. Example DialogueRead and practice the dialogue between two friends, which contains offers and responses to offers, below.
|Andy:||Good afternoon, Anne.|
|Anne:||Good afternoon, Andy. How are you?|
|Andy:||I'm very well, thank you, Anne. How are you?|
|Anne:||I'm well, thank you. I'm glad that you feel well again.|
|Andy:||Yes, I don't have a cold now. My head isn't aching, and I'm not coughing, and I'm not sneezing.|
|Anne:||That's wonderful! Andy, afternoon tea is ready now. Would you like some tea?|
|Andy:||Oh yes, please, Anne.|
|Anne:||Would you like to sit here, Andy?|
|Andy:||Yes. Aah, this chair feels comfortable.|
|Anne:||Here's your tea.|
|Anne:||Would you like some sugar, Andy?|
|Andy:||Yes, please Anne.|
|Anne:||I think your tea is very strong. Is it too strong?|
|Andy:||No, no, Anne. It's very good. I don't like weak tea. I like strong tea.|
|Anne:||Oh, I don't. I like weak tea. Would you like a biscuit, Andy? Or a piece of cake?|
|Andy:||I'd like some cake, please, Anne. Mmmmmm, it's lovely!|
|Anne:||Is it good? It's home-made.|
|Andy:||Really? Oh, you're a very good cook, Anne. Do you often make cakes?|
|Anne:||Yes, I do. Oh, but your cup is empty now. Would you like some more tea, Andy?|
|Andy:||No, thank you, Anne. But I have a cigarette here. I think I'll have a cigarette. Would you mind if I smoked?|
|Anne:||Not at all, Andy. Please do. But I think you should stop your smoking habit.|
|Andy:||Oh dear, where's my lighter? I can't find it.|
|Anne:||There it is, under the chair. You may have dropped it.|
|Andy:||Oh thank you, Anne.|
|Anne:||Where's Linda today? Is she at home?|
|Andy:||No, she isn't, Anne. She's visiting some friends.|
|Anne:||Oh, but she has a cold! She should stay at home.|
|Andy:||No, she doesn't have a cold now. She's well again.|
|Andy:||Yes, it's good. When she's sick, I make tea for her - and I always do something wrong!|
|Anne:||Oh, poor Andy. But now she's well, and she makes tea for you.|
|Anne:||Well, I hope you don't get another cold!|
|Andy:||Yes, I hope so.|
|Anne:||I'm sure you catch colds because you smoke much. Smoking decreases your immune system.|
|Andy:||You're right. I've read about that too.|
|Anne:||So, why don't you try to quit smoking and start living a healthy life?|
|Andy:||I'm thinking about it. Linda doesn't like my smoking either.|
- Read the above dialogue again and identify all offers and the responses you can find, then write them in the table below. Number 1 has been done as an example.
- Write polite offers using the expressions and gambits you have learned. Look at the example.
- Some bread?
Answer: Would you like some bread?
- go to the beach?
Answer: How about going to the beach? / Would you like to go to the beach?
- try our new dish?
- some candies?
- use my umbrella?
- give you a lift?
- try to repair your printer?
- Some bread?
- Write an appropriate polite response for each of the following situations.
- Your teacher is carrying a pile of books. You offer to help her with it.
- Your colleague is printing a very important document. Suddenly, her printer broke down. You offer her to print the document using your printer.
- You are receiving a call from someone who wants to speak to your manager, but your manager is not available. You offer him/her to leave a message or call back later.
- The commuter train is full when an elderly woman gets on and she can't find a seat. You offer your seat to her.
- You are a shop assistant at a fashion store. You are serving a customer who does not seem satisfied with the dress she has just tried on. You offer another style of dress.
|Offering||Responding to an offer|
1. Would you like some tea?
Oh yes, please.