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How to ask permission_2?

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 10/08/13

Some students are sitting in an auditorium listening to their teacher. You open the door and want to invite one of the students to talk to you, and for that you need to get permission from their teacher. What should be said in situations like this one: 'May I...?'

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Unless it were very urgent, I wouldn't interrupt the class. If I were to interrupt, I would knock on the door, and when the teacher acknowledged me, I would say, "I'm really sorry to interrupt, but may I please speak with Steve a moment?"

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 10/08/13

Thank you, Richard! Richard, you wrote "a moment", if I say "for a moment", won't it be a mistake?

Richard Detwiler Richard Detwiler (0) on 10/08/13

No mistake; either is equally fine.

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 10/08/13

Thank you!
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May I make a couple of announcements to your class?

May I have a quick word with your class?

May I interrupt for a moment and make a few quick announcements?

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 10/08/13

Thank you, Patrick! But if I want to talk to only one of the student and not in the lecture hall but outside it? 'May I have a quick word/a couple of words with Steve?'

Patrick Haley Patrick Haley (1) on 10/08/13

Sorry I misunderstood, but to are exactly right. Richard said it pretty well too.

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 10/08/13

That's OK. Now, I know how to ask permission to make an announcement to the whole class. Thank you for that, Patrick!

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