Watch and read the following conversation in which people make requests and give permission.
Jacques: Mark? Would you mind sending me those concert dates?
Mark: Of course not. Ben, are you busy?
Ben: Me? Never.
Mark: Could you help me? I can’t open this document.
Allie: Hi, Nicole.
Nicole: Could you sign these, please?
Nicole: Is it OK if I take tomorrow afternoon off?
Allie: I’m sorry, but tomorrow’s really difficult.
Nicole: What about Friday afternoon?
Allie: Friday? That’s fine. Do you think you could send me the request by email?
Nicole: Er, yes, of course.
Allie: Hello? Hi, Mark. Could you hold a moment, Mark? Thank you, Nicole. Can you come and see me when you have a moment?
Now practise repeating the red phrases. Copy the rhythm.
Adapted from: Oxenden, Clive, and Christina Latham-Koenig. New English File Intermediate. Student’s Book. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.