Oct 172012

Politeness, formality, and necessity are all important parts of asking permission. In this lesson We explain how CAN, COULD, MAY, and DO YOU MIND can all be used to ask permission in English, with different effects. If you would like to learn more about how to be a polite English speaker, have a look.

Can I borrow your pencil?

Could I borrow your pencil?

May I borrow your pencil?

Do you mind if I borrow your pencil?

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