Student or Learner
They are coming due tomorrow, but I'm not even half way done.
How do I ask the library so I can keep the books longer?
Many thanks in advance
p.s.: Should the question word be "how" or "what"? I can never decide.
Sorry riverkid, I was confused in my previous message.
I guess what I want is the "collocation" after all, because the "how" and "what" issue came secondary to my original question. Really, I'd like to sound a little "formal" over the phone, I'd hate to say:
I'm not done with the books, can I keep them longer?
I know there's procesure for them to allow me to do that, so I'd like to know what native-speakers say to get the permission. thanks.
Using "I was wondering + ---" is always good if you want to be extra polite/soft and sometimes, well, we just wanna do that, right?
I was wondering if I might /could renew them for blah blah blah.
I was wondering if it would be possible to renew them for ... .
Might/Could I renew them for ... ?
Would it be possible to get a short extension on these books?
Thank you Angelika and riverkid,
"renew" and "extention" are the words I'm looking for. Thank you so much.
initially I had thought of saying "renew the books", but over-analyzed on the point that it's tenichally not "the books" I want to renew (how does one renew a book? change the content or the look of the book?) rather it's the "period of time" I have the books in my possession I want to extend, therefore I was caught up in my own judgement, and very luckily I have you guys I can relay on. Thanks a lot!
You guys rock!