Unitat 7

Asking for permision

Asking for permission to do something takes place in different contexts.

Contingut exercicis

Perhaps you need to get permission from your parents to do something, or perhaps you need to ask a friend for permission to use one of his or her possessions, or maybe you need to ask the teacher if you can go to the toilet.

Look at some examples: 

 

Politeness → We will always use the word 'please' to make the request sound more polite. It's not grammatically necessary to use 'please' but you may sound rude if you don't use it. 'Please' can be put in different places in the sentence; at the start, end or before the verb:

Please can I borrow your car?

Can I please borrow your car?

Can I borrow your car, please?

Intonation →  Even if you use the word 'please' you can sound rude if your pronunciation is not correct, but pronunciation is always very important in a spoken request for permission. Remember you have to stress the end of the sentence.
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Structures → There are multiple ways of asking for permission; here you have some of the most common ones:

Can I…? Can I go out tonight?

Can we have dinner with you?

Very, very informal but used in everyday speech, although some people consider it refers only to ability.
May I…? May I have another beer?

May we go out tonight?

It is considered a bit formal nowadays.
Could I…? Could I please see your passport?

Could we go on the excursion at the weekend?

 
Do you think I could…? Do you think I could repeat the exam?

Do you think I could borrow your car?

 
Would you mind if I…? Would you mind if I stayed a bit more?

Would you mind if I took your umbrella?

Remember to use a verb in the past!
If you want to say "yes" to someone who asks permission, use these phrases:

Sure
No problem
Go right ahead
Please feel free to (do it)

 

Exercici 1

Respon a les següents preguntes per avaluar el que has après.

Exercici 2

Respon a les següents preguntes per avaluar el que has après.

Exercici 3

Respon a les següents preguntes per avaluar el que has après.