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Упражнения на тему offer, request, suggestion, advice


Модальные глаголы в английском языке практически всемогущи. С их помощью можно выразить просьбу, оценку вероятности действия, совет, приказ, спросить разрешения, рассказать о возможности что-либо сделать, запретить, раскритиковать кого-то и в целом передать все богатство отношения к действиям. Поскольку тема эта объемная, обычно ее разбирают по смысловым группам. И сегодня мы поговорим о том, как попросить, предложить и дать совет в английском. И для этого предлагаем вам несколько упражнений на отработку offer, request, suggestion, and advice. Shall we?


1. Imagine that you’re a boss who has a new assistant at the office. Encharge him with some tasks using the expressions from the list below. Also, don’t forget to use “can”, “could”, and “would/do you mind”.


  • bring a cup of coffee

  • open the window

  • remind about today’s errands

  • send an email to the business partner

  • water the flowers

  • cancel tomorrow's meeting

  • buy a plane ticket to Florida

  • work extra today

  • play banjo

  • give you a gentle head massage


2. Fill in the gaps with the correct words.


so kind as / can / certainly / would like / would you mind / could you


  • Hello, how ……………………….. I help you?

  • I ……………………….. to speak to Mr. Hendricks, please.

  • I’m afraid he’s not in the office at the moment.

  • ……………………….. tell me when he’s coming back, please.

  • In about 2 hours.

  • Would you be ……………………….. to ask him to call me back?

  • Yes, sure. Could you tell me your name and phone number?

  • It’s Gavin Belson, the CEO of Hooli Inc. My phone number is 2128506.

  • Got it. Mr. Hendricks will call you back as soon as he comes back.

  • Perfect. Also, ……………………….. telling him it’s kind of urgent, so the sooner he calls, the better.

  • ………………………... Anything else?

  • No, that’s all for now. Thank you. Bye.

  • Bye. Have a nice day.


Now use this dialogue as an example and role-play a similar situation with your partner. Make up your own reason for the business call. Try to use as many polite expressions as possible.


3. Imagine that your close friend, whom you haven’t seen for a long time, has come to visit you for a few days. You’re glad to see him and trying to think of different ways of entertainment. Discuss some options with him. Use “shall”, “why don’t”, “let’s” and “would you like me to”.


  • go to the concert

  • buy tickets

  • eat out

  • check out a new hipster bar

  • play laser tag

  • visit a modern art exhibition

  • show some interesting places around

  • go hiking

  • cook the most splendid burrito in the city

  • hang out with some old friends


4. Match the questions with the correct answers.


1) Can I help you?

2) Would you like a drink?

3) I’ll buy some snacks on the way home if you like.

4) Shall I help this old lady cross the street?

5) Would you like another beer?

6) Would you like me to bring some flowers tomorrow?


a) Yes, it would be very nice of you. She’ll be glad if you do it.

b) If you could. It’d be a great decoration for our party.

c) Yes, please. Do you have this T-shirt in green color?

d) No, thank you. Enough beer for today. In fact, can you bring the bill, please?

e) Yes, please, I’d love a cup of espresso.

f) Don’t worry, I’ll do it. There is a shop next to my office.


5. Your friend has got a run of bad luck lately and asking you for advice. Give him some advice regarding the situations below. Use “why don’t/why not” and “what/how about”.


  • my girlfriend broke up with me

  • I smashed my car last week

  • my boss hates me

  • I had my purse stolen

  • I need to find a well-paid job

  • I don’t get on well with other people

  • I want to quit smoking

  • I’m too uptight and anxious

  • My friends don’t invite me to their get-togethers

  • I don’t know how to pay off the mortgage


6. Now let’s imagine that you’re a doctor giving prescriptions to your patients. Comment on the situations below. Use “should” and “ought to”.


  • overweight

  • constantly tired

  • insomnia

  • bad cough and a fever

  • a suspicious rash

  • frequent headaches

  • a sore throat

  • a stomachache


7. Rewrite the following questions in the negative form and translate them into your native language. When do we use requests in the negative form?


E.g. Can you give me a cup of coffee? - Can’t you give me a cup of coffee?


  • Will you help me? - …………………………………….……………………………………………..

  • Would you like something to drink? - ………………………………………………………

  • Will you go to the cinema with us? - …………………………………………………………

  • Can you pass me a knife? - ………………………………………………………………………

  • Can I have another slice of cake? - ……………………………………………………………


8. Answer the following questions.


  • What modal verbs do we use to make a request?

  • What is the difference between “can” and “could” when we make a request?

  • What polite ways to answer the requests do you know (both positive and negative)?

  • What modal verbs do we use to offer help?

  • What is the meaning of the expression “Can I give you a hand?”

  • In which situations “shall” is typically used?

  • What is the difference between an offer and a suggestion?

  • What informal ways of making suggestions do you know?

  • What modal verbs do we usually use to give advice?

  • What is the difference between “should” and “ought to”?


Поскольку эта тема в основном актуальна студентам в контексте живого общения, большая часть упражнений, описанных выше, представлена в виде диалогов и призвана помочь отработать речевые навыки. Надеемся, что подборка придется вам и вашим ученикам по вкусу, а также поможет разобраться и более глубоко и разносторонне усвоить особенности использования модальных глаголов в английском.


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