OFFERING AND RESPONDING HELP

There are some ways to offer helps and to respond them. For example:

  • May I help you?
  • Can I help you?
  • Are you looking for something?
  • Would you like some help?
  • Do you need some help?
  • What can I do for you today?

OFFERING HELP

Or offering to do something for someone.

If we classify into their level of formality (situation), consider the speaker and listener, here they are:

INFORMAL NEUTRAL FORMAL
Can I help u?

Let me help you …

Shall I …

If you like I could …

What can I do to help …?

Would you like any help …?

Is there anything I can do …?

I will …zx

Need some help?

I’ll do it for you.

Want a hand …?

Can I help out?

You look like you could do with some help…

May I be of assistant?

Might I help at all?

Perhaps I could assist in some way?

If we can be any of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us again.

(usually for written)

RESPONDING HELP

To respond help, people may accept or refuse an offer of helps. The common respons for help is “Thank you”. The examples of the responses are:

ACCEPTING AN OFFER OF HELPS:

NEUTRAL INFORMAL FORMAL
That’s very kind of you.

Yes, please.

If you’re sure it’s no trouble.

Cheers!

Thanks very much.

Just what I needed …!

Lovely! / Great!

You’re most kind.

That’s extremely kind/good/thoughtful of you.

REFUSING AN OFFER OF HELP

NEUTRAL INFORMAL FORMAL
No, thank you.

No, really, I can manage.

That’s very kind f you, but …

Don’t think so, thank you.

No, it’s all right, really.

Thank you for offering, but …

No, don’t bother, really.

No, it’s OK. Thanks

Thanks a lot, but …

Nice thought, but …

No, don’t worry.

It’s very good of you to offer, but …

Please don’t trouble yourself about …

That’s extremely kind of you, but …

I’m very grateful for your offer. However, …

Reference:

Blundell, John. 1982. Function in English. Oxford University Press

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