Reading: Advanced Dialogues (Suggesting, Requesting, Instructing)


Reading: Advanced Dialogues (Suggesting, Requesting, Instructing) – Responding to the meaning and rhetorical stages of a monologue text that uses a variety of written language accurately, fluently and acceptable in the context of everyday life and to use science in text form: narrative and reviews

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In this lesson you will learn about how to understand in using suggesting, Requesting, Instructing in the daily life context.

Look these pictures below.

What do you see in the pictures above? Have you ever got same experience?

The pictures describe a boy who is trying to get some help. He has a problem with his bike. If you are in this situation, what will you do? You need help, right? If people come to you, what will you say? When you need a help, you will request something or ask for a suggestion. However, you should know how to use its expression in proper context. Thus, in this lesson, you will learn about how to make a suggestion, request, and instruction in the daily life context.


Suggesting is expressing an idea or feeling about what someone should or not should do. It is commonly expressed without stating it directly. For example, your friend seems to need a help because of getting some problems. Then, you try to help him by giving suggestion. To express suggestion, there are various ways to express suggestion. Pay attention to the following phrases:

Giving Suggestions
 You should ….
 You’d better ….
 You could (might) ….
 You really should/ought to ….
 I suggest/recommend that you ….

Accepting Suggestions

  • I’ll do/try that.
  • I think you’re right.
  • Thank you/ Thanks.
  • Why didn’t I think of that?
  • That’s a good/nice/wonderful, idea/suggestion.

Rejecting suggestions

  • I tried that, but ….
  • That’s a good idea, but ….
  • I don’t want to/can’t do that because ….
  • Thanks, but that won’t work/help because ….

For examples:

  • You should take this way
  • Why don’t you go to the cinema?
  • If I were you, I would take the chance.
  • You could take a rest before attending the meeting.
  • How about going to Bromo Mountain this weekend?


Requesting is expressing or asking for something or someone to do something politely. To make a polite sense, you should put the word “please” in the phrase. You can also use question tag in requesting something. Modals of ability such as can, may, and might are used to asks someone whether is able to do it or not.

For examples:

  • Switch on the lamp, please.
  • Close the door, will you?


  • “Would you mind …, please?” is more polite than other phrases. It is usually used in formal context. For example: Would you mind washing my clothes, please?
  • “Can/Could/Will/Would you …?” is using modals of ability. For example: “Can you take a drink for me?”
  • “Please …” is polite request.

Accepting Requests

  • Sure, I’d be glad/happy to ….
  • Of course/Certainly.
  • No problem.
  • Sure. Just a moment.

Refusing Requests

  • I’d loved to, but ….
  • It sounds great, but ….
  • I’m/sorry, but ….
  • Sorry to say that ….

For example:

  • Would you mind having dinner with me tonight?
  • Could you please call my mom to come to school, please?
  • Will/Would you come to my birthday party?
  • Please tell me what happen to you.


Instructing is expressing order or asking someone to do something, especially in a formal way.

For example:

  • “Put the flowers over there, Fin.”
  • “Step out of your bike, sir.”

To understand how to use instruction, you can pay attention to the following phrase:

Giving Instruction
Using bare infinitive in the first sentence. For example:

  • Bring a bottle of water for me, please.
  • Close the door before I’m getting cold
  • Listen to the audio before you answer the question
  • Buy me some drinks, please.

Responding to instruction
 Okay.
 Alright.
 I’ll do it.

Do you understand?

To understand how to use the expression of suggestion, request, and instruction, read the following conversations:

Conversation 1
Teacher: Show me your homework.
Hadi: I’m sorry. I didn’t do my homework.
Teacher: Why didn’t you do your homework after school?
Hadi: I stayed along night for helping my mother.

Conversation 2
Fina: What are you doing?
Dila: I’m reading news. There is a huge earthquake in Nepal. The victims are almost 900 people.
Fina: Really? I’m sorry to hear that.
Dila: Do you mind if I borrow your phone?
Fina: Sure. What for?
Dila: Browsing the internet. I want to know how bad the damage there.

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