#EngTalk: Asking For Help

There are times when we need help. Well, we can’t just say “Give me this” or “Get that”. Who would help anyone who acts so rude? Therefore, the least we can do when asking for help is to be polite. So, today admin will share some polite ways to ask for help.

“Can you (v1) … ?”

E.g.: Can you help me with the door?
Arti: Bisa tolong bukakan pintu? *Belanjaan segunung & gak bisa buka pintu*

As shown above, “Can you…” is followed by a bare verb or V1. That means no: -s, -ing, -ed.

Misal kamu diminta tolong seperti itu. Gimana respon kamu? You can say: Sure. Of course. *apalagi klo yang minta tolong cakep*

“Could you (v1) … ?”

E.g.: Could you lend me some money?
Arti: Bisa tolong pinjamkan uang? *akan dibayar pake bunga mawar & melati*

Again…, as shown above, “Could you…” is followed by a bare verb or V1. That means no: -s, -ing, -ed.

Q: Trus apa bedanya “Can you…” dengan “Could you…”?
A: Pada dasarnya sama” minta tolong, tapi “Could you…” jauh lebih sopan.

Lalu gimana respon kamu? Seperti saat merespon pertanyaan “Can you…”, you can help by saying: Sure. Of course.

“Do you mind (v-ing)…?”

E.g.: Do you mind moving a bit?
Arti: Bisa tolong geser sedikit? *di angkot pas jam pulang kantor*

“Do you mind…” is followed by a gerund or V-ing which acts as a noun.

Ketinggalan sesi soal “Gerund”? Click the following LINK

“Would you mind (v-ing) … ?”

E.g.: Would you mind closing the window?
Arti: Bisa tolong tutup jendelanya? *mager*

Seperti di bagian sebelumnya, “Would you mind…” diikuti dengan gerund atau V-ing.

“Do you mind…” dan “Would you mind…” sama-sama digunakan saat minta tolong. Namun “Would you mind…” terkesan lebih sopan.

Then, how would you respond when someone say “Do you mind…” or “Would you mind…”?

Secara harafiah, “Do you mind…” dan “Would you mind…” berarti: Apa kamu keberatan… ? Selain akal, “mind” juga berarti keberatan (k.kerja).

Bayangkan kalau kamu ditanyai “Apa kamu keberatan…?”. Kalau dijawab “Ya”, berarti kamu keberatan, bukan? Therefore, if someone ask you “Do you mind…” or “Would you mind…”, you can agree to help him/her by saying: “No, not at all” or “No, not a bit.”

And… That’s a wrap, fellas! I hope today’s #EngTalk could somehow help you. :D Remember, learning isn’t only about reading. Practice! XOXO

Compiled and written by @Miss_Qiak at @EnglishTips4U on May 11, 2013

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