Offering Help

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There are a number of formulas used when offering help in English. Here are some of the most common:

  • 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?

After you study these constructions, take the offering help quiz to check your understanding.

Construction

FormulaVerb Form

May I help you?

Use 'May I' or 'Can I' the base form of the verb in a statement.

Are you looking for something?

Use 'Are you looking for' something OR anything in particular OR specific object

Would you like some help?

Use 'Would you like' some help OR some advice OR a recommendation

Do you need some help?

Use 'Do you need' some help OR some advice OR a recommendation

What can I do for you today?

Use 'What can I do for' you, her, him, etc. today OR this morning, this afternoon, this evening

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Beare, Kenneth. "Offering Help." ThoughtCo, Apr. 8, 2018, thoughtco.com/how-to-offer-help-1211127. Beare, Kenneth. (2018, April 8). Offering Help. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-offer-help-1211127 Beare, Kenneth. "Offering Help." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-offer-help-1211127 (accessed May 23, 2018).