Can I request or request?
Could and May A third modal for making polite requests is could.
For example, “Could I please have some water?” Could is the past tense of can.
However, when asking for permission, could does not have a past tense meaning.
Could has the same meaning as may when making requests..
How do you politely ask for request?
Here are some better phrases to make polite requests in English:“Do you mind…?.”“Would you mind…?“Could I…?”“Would it be ok if…?”“Would it be possible…?”“Would you be willing to…?”
Could you please vs May you please?
In this case, may is wrong because she is not asking or giving permission: she is making a request. So: may and can are used interchangeably when asking or giving permission. would (or will) and can (or could) are used interchangeably when making a request.
Can you vs May you?
May is the more formal word, and if you are at all concerned about being tut-tutted, a safe choice. Can is now the verb of choice for ability, and both can and may are still used in the “possibility” sense. You may use can if you wish, and you can use may if it makes you feel better.
When to say may I?
As for May I at the start of a sentence, its commonest use is as a rhetorical device – typically in a speech or official meeting – for introducing a statement or suggestion (rather than a question): May I say how deeply honoured I am to be invited to chair the NCVO.
Can I request or request may?
‘May’ is more correct, as it is asking for permission. ‘Can’ literally means ‘is it (physically) possible?’ but is often used in this way by native speakers and would not be misunderstood or sound at all strange. ‘Could I use your bathroom?’
Can I speak to or may I speak to?
“May I speak to …” asks for permission. “Can I speak to …” says you’re not asking for permission, you want so speak to … if it’s at all possible. You have a better chance of getting through to … if you use “can.” No, actually there’s no difference, except that “may” marks you as a stickler for formal grammar.
How do you use may in a sentence?
May sentence examples”May I sit with you?” she asked shyly. 2K. … May we come in? 943. … Do you think they may have given up? 820. … They may be too busy running. 665. … “You may buy something, if you wish,” said his mother. 568. … You may follow me. 468. … You may do as you wish. 333. … “You may choose any subject that you like best,” said the teacher. 317.More items…
Can I ask you or may I ask you?
But the permission use of can is not in fact incorrect in standard English. The only difference between the two verbs is that one is more polite than the other. In informal contexts it’s perfectly acceptable to use can; in formal situations it would be better to use may.