Asking, Offering, and Refusing Help (meminta, menawarkan, dan menolak bantuan) merupakan salah satu materi belajar bahasa Inggris di kelas VIII SMP. Materi ini tentu saja sangat penting dan menjadi materi pokok. Di samping asking, offering, and refusing help, ada juga materi asking, offering, and refusing for something.
1. Could you . . . . (for me) ?
2. Would you please . . . ?
3. Would you mind V+ing . . . .?
4. Could you possibly . . . ?
5. Okay, no problem.
6. Sure, I’d be glad to.
7. Sorry, I’m (kind of) busy now.
8. I’m sorry. I don’t have time right now.
9. Do you have a minute?
10. Can you spare a few minutes?
11. Could you do me a favor?
12. Could I ask you a favor?
13. Can I ask you to . . . ?
14. I need some help (if you have time).
15. (If you’re not busy) I could use your help.
When offering help, we say:
• Would you like some help?
• Can I give you a hand?
• Do you need any help?
• May I offer my assistance?
• Need any help?
Staff: Excuse me ma’am, could I help you with your bags?
Guest: That would be great thanks.
Staff: Pardon me sir, but it looks like you could use some help with those packages.
Guest: I sure could, thanks.
When responding to help:
Guest: Excuse me, but can you help me?
Staff: Of course ma’am, what can I do for you?
Guest: Someone just stole my purse off my shoulder outside the hotel.
Staff: That’s terrible. Are you OK?
Guest: Yes, just shaken up a bit.
Staff: Why don’t you seat down here and I’ll call the police for you.
Guest: Thank you; I appreciate your help.
Guest: I don’t understand what the taxi driver is trying to say. Could you translate for me?
Staff: Of course sir, I’d be delighted to help.
Guest: Oh, thank you. I would really appreciate that.
Work Sheet – Asking and offering help
Write the correct word on the line that will complete the sentence.