REQUESTING THINGS 20/9/19 REQUESTING THINGS Yes/No Questions We usually ask people to do things for us by making yes/no questions. (This is because a yes/no question appears to leave people free to refuse.) Some typical structures used in requests: Could you possibly help me for a few minutes? (very polite) Would you mind helping me for a few minutes? Would you like to help me for a few minutes? Could you help me for a few minutes? (more informal) Do you think you could help me for a few minutes? You couldn’t help me for a few minutes, could you? (informal) Indirect yes/no questions are also used in polite requests. I wonder if you could (possibly) help me for a few minutes. By Gonzalo Re|September 20, 2019|Categories: E-LESSONS, For Lawyers, For translators| About the Author: Gonzalo Re Marketing y Comunicación | The TR Company SA Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.