Wednesday, December 8, 2010

English conversation with words Shall , should and would

A : Would you like to come and watch a game of cricket with
me tomorrow?
B : Thank you, I’d love to.
What time does the game start?
A : It’s at nine in the morning.
B : Shall I come and pick you up around half past eight?
A : That’s fine.

A : We should be delighted if you could come and have dinner
with us this evening.
B : Thank you. That’d give me great pleasure but what’s the
A : My daughter has passed her MCA Exam with distinction.
B : O great! My congratulations to her.
A : Thank you.

A : We’re going to Ooty Flower show tomorrow.
Do you fancy coming along?
B : I’d love to, but I’ve got an exam tomorrow afternoon.
A : Its OK. Join us next time.


We see different kinds of phrases / utterances used for inviting in
the above three dialogues. In the first dialogue, the situation being
neutral, the expression for inviting is ‘would you like to ………’ It
could also be ‘I’d like you to come and watch …………..’ In the
second dialogue, the situation is formal and the expression has to be
polite and so it is ‘we should be delighted if you could come ………’
In the third, the persons involved are very close and the situation is informal and hence the expression,

‘Do you fancy coming along’?
Similarly, in the first two dialogues, the invitees accept the
invitation and in the third, the invitee declines it.

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