Getting help

If you have got a problem and you need help, you can use the phrases given in this chapter.

Explaining what the problem is

When you ask someone for help, you will have to explain what the problem is.

You can use a structure with ‘There is…’

There is something under my bed.

There is something behind the curtain.

There are rats in the kitchen.

There is a smell of gas in the kitchen.

If you don’t have what you need, you can say There isn’t… or There is no…

There is no water in the bathroom.

There are no loaves.

There isn’t any milk in the fridge.

There isn’t any petrol in the car.

You can also use the expression I’ve got… to say that you are facing a problem.

I’ve got a problem.

I’ve got too much work.

I’ve got a bad headache.

I’ve got too much luggage.

If you don’t have something you need, say I haven’t got…

I haven’t got his number.

I haven’t got a nice pair of jeans.

I haven’t got enough money.

I haven’t got a car.

I haven’t got a friend.

If you are not able to do something, use I can’t…

I can’t speak English.

I can’t work on this computer.

I can’t type a letter.

I can’t open the door.

I can’t find my mobile phone.

If you don’t understand something, you can say I don’t understand…

I don’t understand what you mean.

I don’t understand what I should do.

I don’t understand what he wants.

I don’t understand French.