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    Default May I have a word? Can I take the floor?

    Is it all right to use the phrases in the title at a presentation, lecture or a similar event when the audience is supposed to ask questions to the lecturer?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Default Re: May I have a word? Can I take the floor?

    If the audience has been invited to ask questions and you have been selected after raising your hand, there's no need to say either of those; just go ahead and ask your question.

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    Default Re: May I have a word? Can I take the floor?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    If the audience has been invited to ask questions and you have been selected after raising your hand, there's no need to say either of those; just go ahead and ask your question.

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    Yes, that's right, but in less formal atmosphere during various group discussions I sometimes need to say it. Would "Can I have a word?" be suitable for this type of communication?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up.)

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    Default Re: May I have a word? Can I take the floor?

    Yes, that's right, but in less formal atmosphere during various group discussions I sometimes need to say it. Would "Can I have a word?" be suitable for this type of communication?

    If you are in a group discussion and want to say something to the group, you could say "Can I say something (here)?", or "I'd like to say something".
    "May I have a word" is normally used when you want to say something to an individual, often in private or away from other people. Typically, you would approach the person and say "May I have a word, John?". Then both of you would move away from the group for a conversation.

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