ASKING FOR PERMISSION
- We use CAN to ask permission from someone we know well
Can I speak to John Wilson, please?
Can I borrow your pen for a minute?
- We use MAY as a slightly more formal way to ask for permission
May I ask a question, please?
May we go home now?
- COULD – WOULD are used as more polite ways of asking for permission
Could I submit the assignment tomorrow morning?
Would you permit me to leave the meeting at half past ten?
- Do you mind …?
Do you mind if I sit next to you?
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