Unit 12.1

Polite Requests and Offers with Would

Modal Verbs

For polite requests we can use would, would like or would you mind doing…?
{see Would Like, A1 Level}

The structures for requests and offers with would are:

Would

  • Affirmative: Subject + would + noun/verb…
  • Negative: Subject + would + not + noun/verb…
  • Interrogative: Would + subject + noun/verb…?

Would like

  • Affirmative: Subject + would + like + noun/verb (to-infinitive form*) + noun + …
  • Negative: Subject + would + not + like + noun/verb (to-infinitive form) + noun + …
  • Interrogative: Would + subject + like + noun/verb (to-infinitive form) + noun + …?

*If we use it with verbs, we need to add to before the verb.

 Would you mind verb + (-ing form) … ? is:

Its structure, in the interrogative form, is:
Would + subject + mind + verb + gerund + …?

  • I would like to study astrology and astronomy.
  • I wouldn’t like to study astrology and astronomy.
  • Would I like to study astrology and astronomy?
  • Would you mind helping me to cut down these trees?

We can use would to make indirect requests. 

We can use would Like to make polite offers. 

We use would you mind -ing … ? for asking polite requests.

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