Please plus Verb for Offers and Commands in Emails
Lesson Plan Text
Please + verb for offers and commands in emails
Are the following sentences offers or commands (= orders/ instructions)? Label them O for
offers or C for commands. A few could be both, but most are clearly one of the other.
For more information, please click on this link.
If you have any more questions, please let me know.
If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
If you need any more info, just drop me a line.
Please accept our apologies for…
Please arrange for someone to pick me up from the airport.
Please be patient.
Please book a hotel for me.
Please call me if you’d like to talk about it.
Please change the venue of the meeting.
Please check my report and give me some feedback.
Please clarify what you mean by…
Please confirm if you’d like…
Please confirm receipt of this email.
Please contact your boss immediately and tell her…
Please contact… for further details.
Please feel free to cancel…
Please find my homework attached.
Please get back to me ASAP.
Please give me a bell if more explanation is needed.
Please go ahead.
Please let me know if you’d like me to reserve a table.
Please let me know straightaway if anything isn’t clear.
(First of all) please let me say how sorry I am about…
Please make sure you that you attach…
Please postpone the meeting.
Please reply to this email by Friday.
Please see the attachment for more information.
Please send me… right away.
Please sort out this problem as soon as possible.
Please take your time.
Please let me know if that doesn’t answer your question.
Please update the information and resend it.
Please use this number if you get lost on the way.
Please write back as soon as you can.
Which function do phrases with “if” above have? Make sure that you have given all the
ones above with “if” that function and check if the others should have the same or a
different function. Then check all your answers as a class.
Rewrite any commands above which aren’t polite enough, e.g. should actually be
requests. Use as many different forms as you can (so not just “Could…?” all the time).
Check as a class and then test each other in pairs or small groups.
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