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    #1

    Question How would you answer, and why?

    ---I'm terribly sorry to interrupt, but may I use your phone? It's rather urgent.
    ---Yes, ___________.
    A. with pleasure B. of course


    Which one would you prefer? And why?

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    Re: How would you answer, and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    ---I'm terribly sorry to interrupt, but may I use your phone? It's rather urgent.
    ---Yes, ___________.
    A. with pleasure B. of course


    Which one would you prefer? And why?
    I'd use B. It's more natural.

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    Re: How would you answer, and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    ---I'm terribly sorry to interrupt, but may I use your phone? It's rather urgent.
    ---Yes, ___________.
    A. with pleasure B. of course


    Which one would you prefer? And why?
    I would answer "May I use your phone?" with "Yes, of course". However, if the question was "Would you lend me your phone?" then both "Yes, of course" and "Yes, with pleasure" would be appropriate.

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    #4

    Re: How would you answer, and why?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    ---I'm terribly sorry to interrupt, but may I use your phone? It's rather urgent.
    ---Yes, ___________.
    A. with pleasure B. of course


    Which one would you prefer? And why?
    For me "with pleasure" as a response to that request is rather condescending and unless you would be trying to obviously patronize your boss, I would avoid its use.

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