Languages › English as a Second Language Learn How to Offer Help in English Share Flipboard Email Print Hero Images / Getty Images English as a Second Language Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Business English Resources for Teachers by Kenneth Beare Kenneth Beare has taught English and English as a second language teacher since 1983. Updated January 27, 2019 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 Formula Verb 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 Continue Reading How to Ask for Information - ESL Education Basic English - Essential Lessons for Beginning English Learners Learn the Correct Use of Please, Thank You and You're Welcome Discussion Questions to Use in Conversation These Are Very Common Mistakes in English for ESL Learners Learn Basic English Questions for Small Talk Workplace Communication Skills for ESL Classes ESL Dialogue: Making an Appointment Practice Shopping in English With These Vocabulary Words Learn how to form indirect questions in English to be more polite Here Are Some Ideas on How to Practice Telephone English Practice Making a Doctor's Appointment Common Job Interview Questions for ESL Learners Practice This Role-Play to Master Your Next English Business Call 10 Tips to Speak English Should You Use "Have" or "Have Got"?