Part C. Requests for Permission

Part C. Requests for Permission

  • People are sometimes confused by the difference between requests for action and requests for permission. It is important to remember that most requests for action use the pronoun you. In requests for permission, on the other hand, we ask permission to perform an action ourselves or for another person to perform an action.


May I sit here?             Very formal

Could I sit here?              Polite / Formal

Can I sit here?                 Familiar

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