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    #1

    I'm at your service

    Do you native English speakers use the expression "I'm at your service"?
    I mean is it usual or grammatically correct to say to say I'm ready to help?
    Last edited by atabitaraf; 27-Oct-2014 at 22:13.

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    #2

    Re: I'm at your service

    I don't, but I do not, of course, speak for everybody.

    (I'll say anything if you pay me enough. )


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    #3

    Re: I'm at your service

    It is grammatical, and it is used. It is pretty formal.

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    #4

    Re: I'm at your service

    My butler says that all the time.


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    #5

    Re: I'm at your service

    When pigs fly.

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    #6

    Re: I'm at your service

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    When pigs fly.
    Pardon me? What do you mean by 'When pigs fly?'

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    #7

    Re: I'm at your service

    It's an expression that means something that is impossible. Pigs can't fly.

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    #8

    Re: I'm at your service

    I think "When pigs fly" was directed at Tarheel's comment about having a butler, rather than being an answer to your original question, abitaraf.

    I find "I am at your service" very old-fashioned.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: I'm at your service

    The more modern way of saying it is : how may I help you?

    not a teacher

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    #10

    Re: I'm at your service

    Other than Tarheel's butler, probably the most common place you'll see the phrase "at your service" in AmE is in print - like, for example, in the list of services placed in your hotel room. It will say something like "If you've forgotten to pack anything - toothbrush, razor, toothpaste - please ask at the front desk. We are at your service."

    (Of course, any time I happen to go down to the front desk at 2:00AM and say, "I'm sorry to trouble to you, but can I get some change for the pop machine?" I end up with some cranky clerk who apparently hasn't gotten the memo that he is at my service and vociferously resents me interrupting his game of Candy Crush Saga.)

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