When you ask for permission to use something that belongs to someone else you have to do your best to be polite. It is desirable to use the word "please."

Asking for Permission:
  • Can I go out, please?
  • May I open the window, please?
  • Please, can I have a look at your photo album?
  • Please, may I taste that hot spicy couscous dish?
  • Do you mind if I smoke?
  • Would you mind if I asked you something?
  • Is it okay if I sit here?
  • Would it be all right if I borrowed your mobile Phone?
  • Do you mind if I leave now
  • May I come in ?
  • Could I ………, please ?
  • Excuse me, could I try to turn on the computer ?
  • I wonder if I could borrow your camera?
  • Etc.
Giving permission (positive response):
-By all means                -Yes, of course Not at all
-Go ahead                     -Yes that’s fine
-Yes, why not                -Yes certainly
-All right please do       - Etc.

Refusing permission  (negative response):
-I’m afraid you can’t do that
-You’re not allowed to…..
-You should not……
-No, I am sorry you can’t

Examples of English Conversations:

On the Train

Armand   : Excuse me. Would you mind my opening that window?
Bryan      : Not at all, please go ahead.
Armand   : Thank you. It’s very hot here.
Bryan      : True. Can I take some water from your pitcher?
Armand   : Certainly. Can I have that magazine for a while?
Bryan      : I’m sorry, I haven’t finished reading it. I’ll give it to you as soon as I've finished.
Armand   : Thank you.


Making invitations

Do you know how to invite someone to your house for dinner or to go to the movies?
What do you say in English when someone invites you? 

Here are some common expressions you can use when making or responding to invitations


  • Do you want to go to the movies tonight?
  • Would you like to go to the theater tomorrow?
  • Would you be interested in going to the the stadium next Sunday?
  • How do you fancy going to the the restaurant for dinner?
  • How about going to the movies?
  • Care to come over for lunch?
  • I was just wondering if you would like to come over for a drink.
  • We'd be delighted to have you over for my birthday party.

Accepting invitations:

  • Sure. What time?
  • I'd love to, thanks.
  • That's very kind of you, thanks.
  • That sounds lovely, thank you.
  • What a great idea, thank you.
  • Sure. When should I be there?

Declining invitations:

  • I can't.  I have to work.
  • This evening is no good.  I have an appointment.
  • I'm busy tomorrow.  Can I take a rain check* on that? 
  • That's very kind of you, but actually I'm doing something else this afternoon.
  • Well, I'd love to, but I'm already going out to the restaurant.
  • I'm really sorry, but I've got something else on.
  • I really don't think I can - I'm supposed to be doing something else


Here are examples of expressing commands, prohibitions and requests:
- Will you open it please ?
- Could you help me please ?
- Would you hold on a moment please ?
- Please sit down!
- Sit down please !
- Keep quite would you please !
- Would you be quite please ?
- Would you please come on time ?
- Would you mind opening the door please ?
- Don’t disturb me please !
- Don’t go home please !
- Please don’t smoke here !
- Don’t ever cheat!
- Don’t be naughty!
- Don’t be careless !

Responses for command. Prohibition and request :
A. Possitive response :
- Yes of course
- Certainly
- Sure
- All right
- All right, I won’t
- Trust me
- That’s OKEY
- No, that’s all right (khusus jawaban would you mind)

B. Negative response :
- I’m sorry I can’t
- Sorry I can’t
- I am sorry but I have to ….

- I am afraid I can’t


Learn some expressions of offering somethings and how to accept or refuse.

Offering :
-Would you like to go out for dinner ?
-Would you care to dance Mrs Brent ?
-Would you like desert ?
-What about dance Denise ?
-Do you want me to clean the machine ?
-Should I get food for the picnic ?

Accepting an offer :
-I’d love to
-That would be nice
-OK, sound great
-Yes, please
-Just what I need

Refusing an offer :
-Sorry I can’t
-Sorry, I can’t. Thanks anyway.
-No, I can’t
-Thanks but I….
-No, it’s Ok. Thanks
-No, it’s all right really



(ungkapan yang dipakai untuk membuat dan menangani pesanan).

Making reservation :
Handling reservation :
-I’d like to book………. please.
-I would like to reserve……….
-Can I make a reservation……
-Could I reserve……
-I want to book……
-I’d like to make ……..
-Yes, sir. ………
-Yes, madam. ……
-I’m sorry sir. We’re full this weekend
-Yes, of course.
-I’m afraid that all….have been reserved
-Certainly sir.
-I am sorry. All……have been sold out


A: Shogun Restaurant.
B: Hi, I would like to make a dinner reservation.
A: Of course, what evening will you be joining us on?
B: We will need the reservation for Tuesday night.
A: What time would you like the reservation for?
B: We would prefer 7:00 or 7:30.
A: How many people will you need the reservation for?
B: There will be 4 of us.
A: Fine, I can seat you at 7:00 on Tuesday, if you would kindly give me your name.
B: Thank you. The last name is Foster.
A: See you at 7:00 this Tuesday, Mr. Foster.
B: Thank you so much. I appreciate your help.


sumber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVo0_01S2jY

ENGLISH FOR SMK "Expression of Gratitude/ Thanking"

Expression of Gratitude/ Thanking

Gratitude is an expression that we show or say to express grateful feeling to other people, when speaking English, you say “thanks” very often please say “thank you” when people give you something and give you compliment, etc.

A.Expression of Gratitude/ Thanking
The common expressions to thank somebody are :
·         Thank you
·         Thanks
Emphatic ways of thanking:
·         Thank you very much
·         Thank you so much
·         Thank a lot
You can not say “thank you a lot” or  thank  lots”
If you want to indicate way you are thanking, you can say:
“Thank you for …” or “ Thank for …”
Eg :
·         Thank you for your coming
·         Thanks for your presence
If you want to make your gratitude more formal, you can use :
·          I want to thank you for ….
·         I want to tell you for ….
·         I want to tell you how grateful I am ….
·         I’m extremely grateful to you for ….
·         I’m grateful for ….
B. Expressions that need response of thank
·         Congratulations
·         Congratulations to you
·         Congratulations on your success
·         Congratulations on passing your exam
·         Congratulations on getting a new job etc
Note :
The response is “thank you”,
To respond to thanks can say :
·          You’re welcome
·         That’s all right
·         That’s OK
·         It’s a pleasure
·         Pleasure
·         It is no trouble
·         It is nothing
·         Not at all 
Don’t mention it (old fashioned)

Gerunds as Subject, Object or Complement

Try to think of gerunds as verbs in noun form.

Like nouns, gerunds can be the subject, object or complement of a sentence:
  • Smoking costs a lot of money.
  • I don't like writing.
  • My favourite occupation is reading.
But, like a verb, a gerund can also have an object itself. In this case, the whole expression [gerund + object] can be the subject, object or complement of the sentence.
  • Smoking cigarettes costs a lot of money.
  • I don't like writing letters.
  • My favourite occupation is reading detective stories.
Like nouns, we can use gerunds with adjectives (including articles and other determiners):
  • pointless questioning
  • a settling of debts
  • the making of Titanic
  • his drinking of alcohol
But when we use a gerund with an article, it does not usually take a direct object:
  • a settling of debts (not a settling debts)
  • Making "Titanic" was expensive.
  • The making of "Titanic" was expensive.
Do you see the difference in these two sentences? In one, "reading" is a gerund (noun). In the other "reading" is a present participle (verb).
  • My favourite occupation is reading.
My favourite niece is reading.