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Offering Help / Accepting or Declining It – Useful Phrases

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Sometimes, we offer help to people when they are in need. Some will accept our help and some won’t. In this article, we are going to learn some phrases to adapt to these situations.  

Offering Help – Useful phrases

Below are some useful phrases for offering help to someone.

  • Can I help you?
  • May I help you?
  • If you like, I/we could…….
  • Could I help you?
  • Do you need my help?
  • Could I be of any help?
  • Should I help you?
  • May I be of any assistance?
  • Would you like me/us to help you?
  • Will you be happy to receive my help?
  • Would you like me helping you?
  • What can I do for you?
  • Is there anything that I can do for you?
  • I’ll do it for you.
  • It’s my pleasure to help you.

Example Dialogue

Villager: May I help you?

Traveller: Yes, sir. I am new to this place.

Villager: What can I do for you?

Traveller: I would like to meet the president. May I know his residence?

Villager: Walk straight and turn right. You will see a big bungalow and that is the place.

Traveller: Very kind of you.

Accepting or Declining an Offer of Help – Useful Phrases

Accepting an Offer of Help

  • I’d be delighted (if)…..
  • You are most kind.
  • I am happy about….
  • That’s very kind of you.
  • It’s very nice of you.
  • If it’s no trouble for you.
  • I surprised to…
  • If you don’t mind.
  • Thank you.

Declining an Offer of Help

  • No, please don’t bother.
  • Sorry, thanks for your help.
  • No, I can manage. Thank you.
  • No, thank you.
  • Thanks a lot, but….
  • No thanks.
  • Sorry, thank you.
  • No, don’t worry (about….)
  • I’m very grateful to you for your offer….But….

Example Dialogue (Accepting and Declining an Offer of Help)

Pedestrian: Shall I carry the bag for you?

Blind Man: It’s very nice of you. Thank you.

Pedestrian: It’s my pleasure.Can I hold your hand to help you cross the road?

Blind Man: Of course. Thank you.

Pedestrian: Should I help you to climb the bus?

Blind Man: No thanks, I can manage.

Hope this article helps you. Your comments and inputs are welcome.

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