Asking for things
To ask for something you can use ‘Can I have…?’ or ‘Could I have…?’. You can make your question more polite by adding please.
Can I have some more potatoes, please?
Can I have two tickets?
Can I have a timetable, please?
Can I have a map of the city, please?
Could I have the keys, please?
Could I have a cup of coffee, please?
Could I have another towel, please?
To say that you want something, use ‘I’d like…’
I’d like a single room, please.
I’d like an apartment in the suburbs.
I’d like a home with a terrace.
I’d like a room with an attached bathroom.
To describe what you want, say ‘I want…’ or ‘I’m looking for…’
I’m looking for a house with a garden.
I’m looking for a small laptop with a CD drive.
I’m looking for a private English tutor.
I’m looking for a stenographer.
I want to rent a car for two weeks.
I want a good camera.
Use ‘I need’ to say that it is important for you to have something.
I need someone to mow my lawn.
We need a guide who can speak English.
I need two tickets for the concert.
To ask if a shopkeeper sells what you want, use ‘Do you sell…?’ or ‘Have you got…?’
Do you sell cameras?
Do you sell books?
Have you got any mangoes?