Following on from the first post about functions, here is another set of language functions for you to consider:
Asking for something.
The most important thing here is to add please at the end of your statement.
Remember also that you are asking a question, so use rising intonation.
A very polite way to ask for something is to use would you mind +ing…
- Could I get by, please?
- Would you mind changing the meeting next week?
Asking for permission.
- Do you mind if…?
- Is it alright if…?
- May I get your email address?
- Do you mind if I use this computer?
- Is it alright if I sit here?