Asking and Giving Permission. It is wise for us to ask permission when we want to start to use something that belongs to someone else or we want to do something, for example if we want to leave the classroom while the studying happens, we need to ask the teacher’s permission.
Don’t forget to use the word “Please” in asking permission to do something to make it is more polite. The word “please” can be put in different places in the sentence, it can be at the start, at the end or before the verb.
Please, can I use your computer?
Could we please go on trip this weekend?
May I borrow your phone, please?
Below are the expression of asking permission, giving permission and refusing permission.
Asking for Permission:
May I . . . .?
Do you mind if I . . . .?
Would you mind if I . . . .?
Would it be alright if I . . . .?
Would it be okay if I . . . .?
Is it okay if I . . . .?
Can I . . . .?
May I go to the office, please?
Do you mind if I go to the bath room, please?
Would you mind if I sit here, please?
- Generally it is very polite to make our asking for permission by using the expression “Excuse me” before we ask permission.
Excuse me, May I go to the teacher’s room?
Excuse me, would you mind if she does homework with me?
Excuse me, would it be alright if I finish it later?
2. we can also use other subjects in asking permission.
Would you mind if Rahma go with me, please?
Do you mind if they join us to study?
Can she accompany me to go to the market?
Sure, go ahead.
Please feel free.
Refusing to give permission:
No, you can’t.
No, please don’t.
No, you would not.
I’m sorry, but that’s not possible.
I’m afraid, but you can’t.
Example in dialogue
Yenny: Excuse me Mom, can I use the computer, please?
Mother: No, dear you can’t. It’s time to go to bed.
Yenny: May I read a story before I sleep?
Mother: Sure! But try to sleep early.
Yenny: Thanks a lot Mom.
Teacher: Would you mind if I came in late to work tomorrow?
Headmaster: I’m afraid I’d prefer if you didn’t.
Teacher: Hmmm. What if I work overtime tonight?
Headmaster: Well, I really need you for the meeting tomorrow. Is there any way you can do whatever it is you need to do later.
Teacher: If you put it that way, I’m sure I can figure something out.
Headmaster: Thanks, I appreciate it.