Business English – Requests
Would you (please write up the report by tomorrow)?
Do you (want another opinion)?
Could you (please make a copy of this document for me)?
May I (see the agenda that you have drawn up for the meeting)?
Why don’t we (continue this meeting tomorrow)?
Do you mind (if I bring my partner along to the meeting)?
Would it be possible (for you to complete this by tomorrow)?
Can I (get you a cup of coffee)?
How about (getting together after the meeting)?
Why don’t we (discuss this over lunch)?
Yes, of course
I would be happy to
No problem (informal)
I’d rather you didn’t, (I really need the report completed by tomorrow).
I’m sorry but it won’t be possible because (I have a lot on my plate right now).
My apologies but (I won’t be available to meet at that time).
I’m afraid not, (I will be in a meeting until late tonight).
I wish I could but (I am unavailable at that time).
Phrases and Idioms
Write up – to write a report or document
Draw up – to compile, put together
A lot on my plate – to be very busy