Expression and Response of Invitation. Generally all of us have activities that need to be attended by others. There are many situations that probably happened in our daily life, such as meeting, wedding party, birthday party, graduation party etc. Sometimes, we have such situation in which we have to invite some of friends to come. of course, we have to make an invitation for our guests. There will be two answers for them who are invited by us, they may come or accept the invitation and they may not come or decline or refuse the invitation.
If we want our friends or relatives come to our party, we have to invite them to come and join. We might invite them orally (informal) or writing (formal). It depends on situation. Here are some common expressions we can use when making or responding to invitations.
- Would you like to . . . ?
- I would be very happy if . . . ?
- We would be delighted if you . . . .
- Would you care to . . . ?
- We would be pleased if you could . . . .
- Could you come to . . . ?
- I’d very much like if . . . .
- Would you care to ….
- I’ll really happy if you come to….
- I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed to come to….
- Would you care to . . . ?
- Why don’t you come to . . . .
- Like to come to . . . .
- Come and . . . .
- Shall we come to . . . .
- You must come to . . . .
- That’s very kind of you
- We’d like very much to . . . .
- What a delightful idea
- With the greatest pleasure
- Thank you very much for inviting me
- It’s delightful to . . . .
- I would/will . . . .
- Thank you for inviting me.
- I would/will ….
- That would be very nice.
- I’d like to love to come.
- That’s fine.
- Sure. Why not?
- That would be very nice
- OK,I will be there !
- I’d like love to come.
- All right.
- Sure, I am coming
Declining / Refusing Invitation
- I’m very sorry, I don’t
- Think I can.
- I’d like to, but . . . .
- I’m afraid I’ve
- Already promised . . . .
- Thank you for asking me, but . . . .
- Unfortunately , I can’t . . . .
- Sorry, I can’t.
- I’d love to, but . . . .
- I don’t think I can.
- In wish I could, but . . . .
- Sorry, I am very busy
- Sorry, may be next time
- Thank you, but I can’t
- Sorry, I don’t think
- Can’t make it
- I’m so sorry I can make it
Handy Invites Intan to go to an Art Show
Intan : Yes, I’d like it very much. When will you pick me up?
Handy : I’ll pick you at 7.00. Be ready, OK!
Intan : Alright.
Benny is very busy doing his homework. Paula, her friend, asks him to come to her party.
Paula : Hello, this is Sheila speaking. May I speak to Benny?
Benny : This is Benny speaking.
Paula : Oh, hi Benny. • I would be very happy if you come to my house right now.
We’re having a great party.
Benny : I don’t think I can. I’m doing my homework. My parents won’t let me out before I finish my homework.
Paula : That’s alright.
Paula : Bye.