Level: beginner

Requests

We use could you … and would you … as polite ways of telling or asking someone to do something:

Could you take a message, please?
Would you carry this for me, please?

can and will are less polite:

Can you take a message, please?
Will you carry this for me, please?

Offers and invitations

We use can I … to make offers:

Can I help you?
Can I do that for you?

We can also use shall I …:

Shall I help you with that?
Shall I call you on your mobile?

We sometimes say I can ... or I could ... or I'll (I will) ... to make an offer:

I can do that for you if you like.
I could give you a lift to the station.
I'll do that for you if you like.
I'll give you a lift to the station.

We use would you like (to) ... for invitations:

Would you like to come round tomorrow?
Would you like another drink
?

Level: advanced

We can use you must … or we must … for a very polite invitation:

You must come round and see us.
We must meet again soon.

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