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Stage 12

Would you mind if I left early?

1 . Ouça a gravação e indique quem:

1 want something from somebody

Speakers … and …

2 want somebody to do something for them

Speakers … and …

2 . Agora ouça a próxima gravação, em que sete pessoas pedem alguma coisa. Relacione o número de cada pessoa ao lado da situação a ela correspondente.

a) leaving work early

b) borrowing some money

c) having problems with a computer

d) moving a piece of furniture

e) checking some work

f) getting some medicine

g) watching television

Do you know?

Numa situação em que queremos fazer um pedido ou pedir permissão para fazer alguma coisa, quanto mais longa a frase, mais formal ela é.

Lend me some cash, would you? (muito informal)
I was wondering if you would lend me some cash. (mais formal)
I was wondering if you would mind lending me some cash. (muito formal)

3 . Ouça a gravação novamente e indique se a pessoa está sendo informal ou formal.

Grammar: Polite requests

Lembre-se: quando queremos pedir um favor a alguém, usamos Would you mind  + verbo na forma –ing .

Would you mind helping me with this?

4 . Imagine que você está nas situações abaixo. Faça um pedido usando exemplos dessa lição.

1 You are on the bus. A stranger lights a cigarette. Smoking is not allowed. What do you say?

2 You are in a supermarket. There is something on a top shelf that you cannot reach. Ask a shop assistant to get it down for you.

3 You are in a restaurant. You want the bill. What do you say to the waiter?

4 Your boss is in a very bad mood today. You want to go for an early lunch. What do you say?

5 Your neighbour is playing his music very loudly. You are trying to work. Ask him to turn the music down.

20 minutes+

As frases abaixo são respostas às situações do exercício 2. Indique qual resposta corresponde a cada situação.

1 Sure. Oh look, here’s your problem. You haven’t plugged it in.

2 Here’s the remote control. You change the channel.

3 Not a problem. Just give me two minutes, and I’ll look at the report with you.

4 Of course. How much do you need?

5 Not at all. There’s not much more work to do today anyway.

6 No problem. I’ll stop at the chemist’s on the High Street.

7 OK. Oh dear. It is heavy, isn’t it?


Word Bank

channel (substantivo) = canal de TV

password (substantivo) = senha

stranger (substantivo) = estranho, desconhecido (pessoa)


Respostas:

Exercício 1

1 Speakers 2 and 3

2 Speakers 1 and 4

Exercício 2

a 6

b 1

c 3

d 5

e 4

f 2

g 7

Exercício 3

1 Informal

2 Informal

3 Informal

4 Formal

5 Informal

6 Formal

7 Informal

Exercício 4

Model answers:

1 Would you mind putting that out, please? / Would you mind not smoking on the bus, please?

2 Would you mind getting one of those down for me, please?

3 Could I have the bill, please?

4 I was wondering if you would mind letting me go for lunch early, please.

5 Turn it down, would you?

20 minutes+

1 c

2 g

3 e

4 b

5 a

6 f

7 d