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Lesson03

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How to make invitations both in formal and informal ways

 

Key Expressions for Lesson 3
I was wondering if you would like to `.
Would you like to `?
Why donft we `? / Letfs `.

 

Todayfs Tip: How would you ask a friend out for lunch?
gI was wondering if you would like to have lunch with meh can be used in formal situations.
In more casual situations, you can say gWould you like to have lunch with me?h Remember that gWould you like `?h is always followed by the infinitive form of verb.
Itfs also common to use suggestion forms in informal settings to invite other people to join you in doing something. For example, these forms include gWhy donft we `?h or gLetfs `.h So, you could say gWhy donft we go out for lunch?h or gLetfs go out for lunch.h
Letfs try the following exercises.

Q: What would you say both in casual and formal ways when youfd like to invite someone to exchange business cards?
A: In casual settings, you could say gWould you like to exchange business cards?h or gWhy donft we exchange business cards?h
gI was wondering if you would like to exchange business cardsh is a formal expression.

 


Q: What would you say both in casual and formal ways when youfd like to invite someone to join you for dinner after work?
A: In casual settings, you could say gWould you like to join me for dinner after work?h or gWhy donft we go out for dinner after work?h
In more formal settings, you could say gI was wondering if you would like to join me for dinner after work.h

 


Q: What would you say both in casual and formal ways when youfd like to invite someone to have a drink with you?
A: In casual settings, you could say gWould you like to have a drink with me?h or gWhy donft we have a drink?h
gI was wondering if you would like to have a drink with meh is a formal expression.

Q: What would you say both in casual and formal ways when youfd like to invite someone to talk about an upcoming sales promotion over lunch?
A: In casual settings, you could say gWould you like to talk about an upcoming sales promotion over lunch?h or gWhy donft we talk about an upcoming sales promotion over lunch?h
In more formal situations, you could say gI was wondering if you would like to talk about an upcoming sales promotion over lunch.h

 


Q: What would you say both in casual and formal ways when youfd like to invite someone to have a coffee break?
A: In casual settings, you could say gWould you like to take a coffee break?h or gWhy donft we take a coffee break?h
In more formal settings, you could say gI was wondering if you would like to take a coffee break.h

 

Letfs learn some expressions you can use in accepting invitations.
--That sounds great.
--That sounds lovely.
--Ifd be happy to.
--Ifd love to.
--Thatfd be fun.
--OK, cool.

 

Here are some useful expressions you can use to decline invitations politely.
--Ifd like to, but I have a previous commitment.
--Ifd love to, but Ifm tied up with work.
--Maybe next time?
--Maybe another time?
--If m afraid I canft make it.
--Can I take a rain check?
(gTake a rain checkh means to reschedule an appointment or plan.)

 

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