Language structures – Invitations

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To invite someone we can use the following expressions:

  • Would you …….?
  • Would you like to …..?
  • How about……?
  • What about …..?


  • Would you come to the cinema with me?
  • Would you like to come to the cinema with me?
  • How about going to the cinema?
  • What about going to the cinema?

Accepting an invitation (saying ‘yes’)

  • I’d love to.
  • It would be lovely.
  • It would be great.
  • I can’t wait to (go).
  • That’s a great idea.

Refusing an invitation (saying ‘no’)

  • I’m afraid, I can’t.
  • Sorry, I’m busy.
  • It would be great but…..
  • I’d love to but……

A dialogue

  • Joe: Hello Suzann. I’m free at the weekend and I was thinking about watching a new film on Friday. Would you like to come to the cinema with me?
  • Suzy: I’d love to but I’m going to a birthday party on Friday.
  • Joe: How about Saturday then?
  • Suzy: I’m afraid I can’t. I’m travelling to my parents.
  • Joe: Ok, and what about Sunday evening?
  • Suzy: That would be great.
  • Joe: That’s settled then. I’ll call you about the details at the weekend.

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