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If someone asks if you would mind letting them borrow a pencil, how do you let them know it's okay?

Which of the following is the most formal?

What is the least polite way to ask permission?  This is usually acceptable between friends.

How do you ask for permission if you feel your action(s) might inconvenience the person you are asking?

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276 Comments on “How to Ask Permission Politely in English – CAN, COULD, MAY, and DO YOU MIND”

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Hi, very nice lesson, but I couldn’t understand what you said
at 1:37 of the video, Do you mind to write that sentence?
“maybe ???? pencil, who Knows”


Monday, April 13th 2009

    Hi Marcos,

    At 1:37, I said “Maybe they need their pencil. Who knows?”

    Let me know if you have any other questions, or if you would like anything else clarified!

    Thanks for watching. :)

    Wednesday, April 22nd 2009

      hi Alex ^_^

      I didn’t find the word who said

      where is it ????

      thank you :)

      Thursday, July 2nd 2009

      i said there is a mistake mr Alex in :do you mind if i borrow….the right form is :do you mind if i borrowed ;we put the vurb after if in past form ok can you correct please

      Wednesday, May 18th 2011

        i think it’s if you’ve already borrowed it before you ask , then ” do you mind if i borrowed ” would be correct . you use borrowed because its in the past . you’ve already done it

        Monday, June 6th 2011

      hi Alex,, nice to know you,, i’m ega from indonesia,, may i ask you about english? because i want to improve my english,, and need your advice,
      if you don’t mind,, please replay to my email.. thank you..

      Monday, September 19th 2011

      Hello Alex, could I say “Do you mind borrowing your pencil?” or for example “Would you mind turning the stereo down?”. If yes, when can I use this expression and how politely is it regarding the others presented? Thanks a lot!!!

      Monday, May 6th 2013

    thx mr/alex

    Saturday, March 25th 2017

That’s nice. Sometimes i have troubles to ask somethings using (can, could, may), now is clearly to me.

Sunday, April 19th 2009

Hi Alex

Your video was very nice and intersting. I hope you could do some video with the usage of words “must”, “should” and “have to”. I always have problem how I should use those word.

Thank you for your lesson


Thursday, April 23rd 2009

Hello~~this is my first time to watch your video lesson, it’s very interesting it can help me to build my english, thank you….

Wednesday, April 29th 2009

    2! what’s your name and where are you from. I am trying to improve my English so I want to be friends with others to practice English together. So may you be friend with me? I am waiting for your respond.hi

    Tuesday, July 26th 2011

      Could I be friend with you?
      If you want, give me a e-mail.
      My e-mail adress is sure-of @nate.com.

      Monday, October 24th 2011

      i would like to learn english so could you help me to build the sentences.

      Tuesday, January 17th 2012

      I would like to practice English with you

      Friday, September 7th 2012

      OH my little friend, if you want, its an honor to be your friend, send a message to my email. ruli_hispavista@hotmail.com

      Thursday, February 21st 2013

and me it’s a first time. its wonderful video. i need o continue beacause i want same.

Thursday, May 7th 2009

Alex, Thanks alot for a nice lesson,

useful to understand english more.

Monday, May 25th 2009

Alex thanks a lot

Saturday, May 30th 2009

Alex nice presentation, you can include other modul auxialaries, how does it help asking permission?

Sunday, May 31st 2009


Saturday, June 13th 2009

June 14,2009

Hello Mr Alex,

My best wishes for you, you realy teach good grammar and writing,
this is Enrique Gonzalez nice to meet you. I ‘m learning very much with you, I am actualy taking English clases at Santiago College in Orange California and you have helped me a lot thanks God bless you

Sincerely Enrique Gonzalez

Sunday, June 14th 2009

Thankyou very helpful!!

Monday, June 22nd 2009

Alex u doing great job,carryon….bes of lucks~

Thursday, July 2nd 2009

You are teaching us English very well. You are successful in teaching us English. I am interested in English. I am making attempts at new ways of learning English. It’s worth being able to speak English. You help us learn English. I am anxious to thank you. You are excellent.

Thursday, July 2nd 2009

Hi Alex I´m glad for your classes,do you mind continue teaching us,can we to learn faster?.
Thank you a lot.

Saturday, July 4th 2009

hi Alex…nice job!
however, my student said that she learned from her studies that the most polite way to ask permission is …..do you mind if i borrow your pencil…..how do you think???

Friday, September 25th 2009

    As mentioned in the lesson, “do you mind” is the most polite way to ask for permission, because you feel that your request might bother the other person. It is the most kind and gentle way to ask for something.

    Wednesday, October 28th 2009

Thank you Alex! Good lesson. :)

Wednesday, November 18th 2009

This lesson was really interesting. I have a question,though.
Is it possible to answer: “Sure” to a question beginning by “Do you mind if I….?”

Sunday, December 6th 2009

Hello, Alex

Can I borrow your pencil?(permission)

Can you sing?( request)

Is it true that we use the pronoun”I” to ask for permission and the pronoun”you” to ask for requaest with the modal verb ”can”.
i will be very grateful if you answer my question.

Friday, January 8th 2010

Hi, Alex ! It was a good lesson. This questions are very common, and you had clarified all the items. Thank you a lot 1

Tuesday, January 19th 2010

Hello, Alex!
The lesson is really great!!! The explanation is so simple and clear, that even a beginner will understand it easily!

Thursday, January 28th 2010

    yeah right! :D

    Friday, February 11th 2011

How can I ask permission from the teacher to leave the class in the middle of the lecture, as I must arrive somewhere else?

Friday, February 12th 2010

Excellent class.

Wednesday, March 31st 2010

Hi Alex! Your lessons are very, very clear to understand. You are a fantastic teacher. Congratulations!

Friday, April 9th 2010

these lessons are very useful for me and my students. i would like to say thanks so much. umm..

Monday, May 3rd 2010

you are very good

Monday, May 10th 2010

Alex.Thanks a lot.You did great job.But actally I cant see diferents between could or may.

Friday, May 14th 2010

Thanks. The lesson is great.

Friday, May 14th 2010

i want to learn english lesson but i dont know how do to learn

Sunday, May 16th 2010

Hi i m Asif from Pakistan, i like your programme & teaching methods, thanks for this

Sunday, May 16th 2010

Hi Alex. I’m confused here.
what is the most formal? is it can or may.

Monday, May 17th 2010

your lessons is very nice and we quickly understand everything from you
you are amazing teacher
thank you
best regards

Tuesday, May 18th 2010

Alex.Thanks a lot.You did great job.But actally I cant see diferents between could or may.
your lessons is very nice and we quickly understand everything from you,
Excellent class

Sunday, May 23rd 2010

hi sir i want to know abt would be how it use

Thursday, May 27th 2010

nice lesson alex.

Tuesday, June 1st 2010

Thanks Alex, it’s helpfull

Tuesday, June 1st 2010

Its so helpful to me in Indian school scholar examination.Thank you very much.

Monday, June 7th 2010

Do you mind if i say thank you very much Alex…………

Wednesday, June 9th 2010

hello Alex, thank you for clarifying the difference and how ask permission politely instead of using canI…? all the time.
I’m confused concerning some verbs, how i use them( lie, lay, sit, set,rise,raise)
I will be very grateful if you help me in this case.
thank you once again.

Sunday, June 13th 2010

Hi Alex,
I really like your lessons, definitely those that use in conversations. Actually I’m a newcomer to Canada and it is very vital for me to handle with English as soon as possible. Do you mind introducing some books to help me? And also I have another question. what is the deference between “Do you mind” and ” Would you mind”.
Thank you.

Sunday, June 13th 2010

Thank you, Alex! Very good lesson. For me it was always difficult to understand “do you mind”, but now it`s clear.

Monday, June 14th 2010

you really good teacher and i like your methods


Thursday, June 17th 2010

Thanks! I have been arguing with my friends the most polite way to ask for permission. They don’t believe me. Here you hit the nail on the head!!
Will watch more of your lessons and recommend them to others.

Monday, July 5th 2010

Dear Sir,
I have problem I can’t understand the word like when it is used in the starting of a sentence. For example, Like my father she gets up early in the morning. Please tell what is the word “like” in parts of speech in the above example?
I would be highly thankful to you if you kindly teach me about the word “like” with examples.

Tuesday, July 6th 2010

hi teatcher im very happy to send you and may allah to help us THANKS your saudi student

Thursday, July 15th 2010

Hi Alex!Good job!
Alex,can i say”WOULD YOU MIND giving me PENCIL”?

Monday, July 19th 2010

    Would you mind giving me (YOUR) pencil? Don’t forget the article (YOUR).

    Monday, April 25th 2011

nise lesson thank you very much.

Tuesday, July 20th 2010

This is my first time to watch engvid.com videos. It is really a wonderful and powerful webside.I would like to thank you Mr. Alex your video was easy and gave me a good idea about how to use the above auxiliaries. I have a little problem about how to use the present perfet and the present perfect continuous. Do you mind if you explain me what is the different between them? What is the different in the meaning between “I have been studying English for 8 years” and I have studied English for 8 years”

Tuesday, August 3rd 2010

Like you!!!! :-*

Thursday, August 5th 2010

I like your lesson very much. Thanks for your teaching.

Wednesday, September 1st 2010

hello really now i undrstand which polite words use d for permission .Thank u and rest of engvid teachers.with best wishes to all

Wednesday, September 1st 2010

thanks teacher taht was really amaising and so simple.every thing is clear

Tuesday, October 19th 2010

Thank you sir, your lectures are very simple & easy to understand….

Monday, November 8th 2010

Thanks a lot, I never thought about,I used can I in every situation

Wednesday, November 10th 2010

thank you mr alex,very good lesson,god bless you

Wednesday, November 24th 2010

thank you alex. i learned something again.

Wednesday, November 24th 2010

Thanks teacher Alex,it’s very important lesson,.but it’s very short but it was well.i would like to explain next time what’s diffrence between can,could,would,will and etc.in diffrence situation i mean past tense or present tense and feture tense.
thank you very much.

Monday, December 6th 2010

What is difference between will and will be

Thursday, December 9th 2010

hi sir.thanks for lessons plz how meet you on the skpe lessons thank you .

Saturday, December 11th 2010

Thank you.

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

Hello, Alex
I am a beginner in English
I know a little about the English Language.
And I want you to guide me to the right as a way to learn ..
What is the first step to learn English?

Thursday, December 16th 2010

hello Alex
i’m sure that once day i’ll have an accent like a native speaker
thank you

Friday, December 24th 2010

Very interesting lesson. Some students are having difficulties when asking for permission to go to the bathroom or to borrow a pencil (very common with teenagers). Thank you Alex.

Sunday, December 26th 2010

    hello my teacher
    how are you ?
    i hope to chat with you and be friends
    my mail is sdjamir@gmail.com

    Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Hi ,Alex
Can i say you are polite teacher .

Sunday, January 16th 2011

hi how are things please present new teach

Sunday, January 16th 2011

thank you very much i start stadying english and ilearn much with you you are a good teacher.

Wednesday, February 2nd 2011

Hello teacher!! i just wanna tell u that u r an excellent teacher, i like ur teaching method. Well i have a question, what is the difference between can i borrow ur pencil? and can u lend me ur pencil? (borrow, lend) ,, i hope u can answer it .. take care ..

Sunday, February 6th 2011

I like the way you teach and it seems to be very simple and easy to understand for everybody. Just wanna say it thank you.

Monday, February 7th 2011

I like the way you teach and it seems to be very simple and easy to understand for everybody. Just wanna say thank you.

Monday, February 7th 2011

Thanks Alex this way was very simple.

Sunday, February 13th 2011

thank you very much

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011

hi Alex. very nice lesson. i just wanna know if we can use the present continuous after ‘ do you mind…’ here is on example: do you mind staying home tonight? thank you

Thursday, February 24th 2011

Nice vidio thanks for teaching us.

Monday, March 7th 2011

Nice explaine

Saturday, March 19th 2011

ilike the way you teach and it seems to be very simple and easy to understand for everybody. Just wanna say it thank you.

Saturday, April 16th 2011

hi how are you diong to cheach actualy when iam very happing to heart your study ,well i wanna say you thank you so much about any act and i tell you please continue on that way becouse you became for me good tcheacher,and i wish you have good luck with your life,i hope so , actualy when you are speaking ,iam undersand anything ,but sometime to be stuped ,when i speak with my someone i say ,that,in fact sometime i have some problem about prononted , i was learning enghlish in my coutry marroco ,but when i came to amreca ,i found some problem about it,but i wanna ask you about that ,how can i get enghlsh very quucly ? and when i speak ,i have to reaspect rules or not ,thank you so much,iam waiting for awnsrn me

Sunday, April 17th 2011

Thanks for the lesson Alex..

Tuesday, April 19th 2011

your video it’s very interensting but…
Can I say?
“No,I wouldn’t mind”

Thanks for your video!!I’m begginger,I have 1 months studying English.Excuse me if my grammar is bad.

Sunday, April 24th 2011

    “No, I wouldn’t mind.” is correct. :)

    Sunday, April 24th 2011

Hey Alex You teach better than my teacher and i really understood everything thank you Benny:)

Thursday, April 28th 2011

nice and thnks

Saturday, April 30th 2011

I have a question for you. How do I use “MIGHT” Could you help me? Thanks.

Saturday, April 30th 2011

You are a good teacher and you have good method to explain something.

Saudi Arabia

Sunday, May 8th 2011

You are a wonderful English teacher Alex. Now I know the difference between may, can and could. Remarkable video!!! take care.

Friday, May 13th 2011

hello everybody i want just tp say that there is a mistake in this lesson mr Alex could you check please in this “do you mind if you i borrowed not borrow ” and excuse me for this comment…

Tuesday, May 17th 2011

hey alex.. you are a good teacher.. but i dnt still get it what’s the difference among the three.. can u explaun it further?

Saturday, May 21st 2011

how about when u say would u mind? wht does it mean?

Saturday, May 21st 2011

hello! sir I Really want to watch this video lesson but their is an error cccured , what should i do now?

Thursday, June 16th 2011

Thank you so much Alex for your kind teaching method and very clear sound with sweet example. please keep it up more video to help a as me guys..

Thursday, June 16th 2011

Do you mind if i tell you that your lessons are great??
i love what you and your friend doing! Good luck

Wednesday, June 29th 2011

Hi Alex

Just wanted to say that you have a very good way of explaining things. I wish i could do that in my classes.

Monday, July 4th 2011

hi sir………..very good lesson but can you tell me use of could?…….

Friday, July 8th 2011

hey Alex I really like your videos cause I am on intermediate level but I didn’t know many phrases you used! so, I really want to keep in touch with you. do you have an email or something? msn ?

Wednesday, July 13th 2011

Hi Alex, very nicely explained lesson. The way you teach is awesome. I especially like your accent and clear voice. Are all these lessons downloadable too?

Thursday, July 14th 2011

hi..teacher Alex ,ur lesson is very useful .and i’m so happy that i can do the test 100 % cause of your teaching…. thanks and in laos language if u ‘ll say thanks we say “khop chai”

Sunday, July 17th 2011

Hi Alex, i have recently watch your videos and i found them wonderful and outstanding lessons. i wish you the best success and hope to have more lessons in the future. M. Munir, Afghanistan

Monday, July 18th 2011



Sunday, July 24th 2011

Thank you

Monday, August 8th 2011

Hello Alex
Would you mind if I want to have your email?

Wednesday, August 10th 2011

that’s v nice and v help full for me

Thursday, August 18th 2011

Such a good and funny lesson, especially when you are changing tone. Keep up the good work!

Wednesday, August 24th 2011

hi Mr. Alex thank you so much
good lesson sir .
i have question my question is can you more what is different may can and could ? i know it’s same with permission . but i need more action

Thursday, August 25th 2011

thanks alex for the lesson im still waiting for for more videos thanks again from

Saturday, August 27th 2011

Hi Alex,
Your lessons help me alot. I have a question regarding this lesson. If non english doctor is talking to any english tourist how can he ask about his problem? what should he use? `can´or `could´? For Example: Can u blink your eyes or Could you blink your eyes?
Pls reply soon

Monday, August 29th 2011

do you maind if i gave up absence in my class?
sie alex it correct or not tell me i am waiting.

Sunday, September 11th 2011

I’m Italian. Suppose I’m just fairly good at English and I don’t know how to say something in the language, could I say, “Can I speak in Italian?” instead of “Can I speak Italian?”
(that is, can I use the Italian language?)?

Wednesday, September 14th 2011

I’m Italian. If I don’t know how to say or ask something in English, could I say, “Can I speak in Italian?” instead of “Can I speak Italian?” (that is, can I use the Italian language)?
Thanks a lot.

Thursday, September 15th 2011

    Yes, “Can I speak in Italian?” is right! If you said, “Can I speak Italian?” you would be asking yourself whether you know Italian, which doesn’t make any sense!

    Friday, September 16th 2011

      Thank you very much for your quick reply (whoever you are). I’d like to add something to your answer. At school, students usually ask for permission saying (it’s just an example): can/could I drink, please? In this case, they’re just asking if they’re allowed to drink, not if they’re able to drink. If they say, Can we speak Italian/English, and so on, they usually ask for permission, in this case too. Well, according to your answer that seems wrong (they should say, can I speak in Italian?). Can you tell me why?
      Thanks a lot again. It’s really nice to have an expert listening to you and dispelling your doubts (and, believe me sir, I’ve always got a lot of doubts. English is such a rich and ever changing language!)

      Friday, September 30th 2011

Mr. Alex,
which do you think is more correct for students at school:

“May I go out, please?”
“Can I go out, please?”
“Could I go out, please?”

Thanks a lot. You’re always most helpful.

Saturday, September 17th 2011


    Wednesday, February 6th 2013

    May I get out,plz” is more suitable for students at school

    Friday, March 7th 2014

Thank you teacher ,i learn a lot

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

thank you very much professor truth served me well thanks

Monday, October 10th 2011

I like English’s classroom because the teacher is very amusing and she has a good dynamics.

Saturday, October 15th 2011

Mucho Gracias !!

Thursday, November 3rd 2011

I was hoping this would be a joke grammer vid about people who do what they like in the office and steal my blooming pens.

No offence Alex but if someone came up to you in the office and said “Alex, can I please borrow this pen quickly” and you replied “IT’S MAY I!!!!!” I hope they slap you.

Monday, December 12th 2011

sir Alex your lessons are really fruitful for me. and i am learning alot from your videos. your teaching is superbb! kindly tell me if i face any problem how i can ask you, sir will you reply at one for my question…..

Thursday, December 15th 2011

Alex Can I say: Do you mind holding my bag for a minute? or I have to say : Do you mind to hold my bag for a minute?

Friday, December 23rd 2011

Thanks I like This Video So mache <3
you ar

Monday, January 2nd 2012

    you are good teacher

    Monday, January 2nd 2012

Thank you !

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012

this is very helpful to those people who wants to learn English…I’m so glad i found this site… Thanks a lot!

Thursday, January 5th 2012

Excelent understandable

Sunday, January 8th 2012

sir you are good teacher Thank you

Tuesday, January 31st 2012

great ;) sir., i am only new here.. in this website.. thank you for this free lessons sir.

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

Hi,could you give us explain about all of polite request plz such as : could i possibility or would you mind + ing

Sunday, February 5th 2012

I would like to know more about,COMING and GOING.


Friday, February 24th 2012

Thank you Alex

Sunday, March 11th 2012

hi alex , nice to know u .. im nurul from indonesia .. i want teach speak english very well for my study … thank you

Tuesday, March 20th 2012

Hi alex
My english is not very good. but i very much keen to learn English. i seek very sites to learn english but i could not sucess.can you help me about this????

Saturday, March 24th 2012

i want to send a email to my Boss to go home early could you help me????

Saturday, March 24th 2012

i need to request to my guide permission to go home can you pls help me

Sunday, April 1st 2012

Nice post. I was watching continuously this site and I’m impressed! Extremely useful info specifically the last part I care for such info much. I was looking for this specific info for a long time. Thanks and best of luck.

Monday, April 2nd 2012

Excellent lesson. Thank you so much.

Wednesday, April 4th 2012

thanks for you mr

Sunday, April 8th 2012

I know these words are for requesting for sth..but only by this lesson i have got actual differences between them..thanks Alex..

Sunday, April 8th 2012

Thanks again Alex..these words also confused me before but now I already know the difference….God bless!!!

Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Many thanks to you! You a good teacher.

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

do you can explain to me about cause and effects?If this is possible.Many thanks to you.

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

thanks it is very important lessen keep it up

Wednesday, May 23rd 2012

i have a proble with that :))))))) Thank youuuu :))

Thursday, May 24th 2012

Sir, i’m 4m India(Kolkata) I’s osm…an Thanks to every pepole link wid engvid.com….
Thanks Sir

Saturday, June 9th 2012

I had an issue with my boss woth regard to this topic. He said “Can I have this document?” and I answered ” yes you may”. He said I was being inapropriate because I should I answered “yes you can” and by saying may (which I most often use u=in this type of situation)I implied that I was not happy to give it to him.
Can you help with the various underlined meaning of the answers these respective permission questions?
Thank you.

Friday, June 15th 2012

Hi Alex
I ask you to give some tip for spelling, like how find that witch words end with (e)?

Sunday, July 1st 2012

thank you teacher It was so clear lesson please would you mind taking about the relative clauses of time because I have very big problem in this grammer and please I have another request about how can I read the name of the persons in good why and without mistake in the pronunciation thanks again

Wednesday, July 18th 2012

Execllent. :D
Thank you my teacher, Alex.

Thursday, July 19th 2012

I am a Korean English Teacher. This is a great lesson!!

Monday, July 30th 2012

Could someone tell me what is the teacher saying at 0:55 (how …… did you need the pencil?) and at 1:21 to 1:28 (I’m not really asking you if you can give it to me, I’m asking you …….(I can’t understand what’s he saying in this part))

Friday, September 7th 2012

Thank you for your teaching. I think it’s more interesting if you tell us how to answer these questions of asking for permission with YES and NO, especially the answers to the question ” Do you mind if I borrow your pencil?” . Do you mind giving your explanation in the next lesson, Alex? Thanks again.

Monday, September 10th 2012

this is my first time to watch your video lesson

Monday, October 15th 2012

Thank you !

Monday, October 15th 2012

thank you

Friday, October 19th 2012

Great job! I enjoyed your lesson.

Monday, October 29th 2012

thanks sir, I want to know more about English even thought a little…

Sunday, November 11th 2012

I learned from one of the lessons in engvid after “Do you mind ” it should be in ing form ( say do you mind borrowing …)but in your lession you used if borrow. could you please clarify please.

Monday, December 3rd 2012

I think you confused the verb. Here are the two possibilities:

Do you mind if I borrow your pen?
Do you mind lending me your pen?

They’re different because the first sentence uses “if I.” It would be strange to say “Do you mind if I borrowing your pen?”

I hope this helps!

Wednesday, December 5th 2012

    mr. alex why it would be strange to say with ing would u clarify?

    Wednesday, January 30th 2013

Hey Alex , I have really become your fan !!!!! Thanks a lot . I have started seeing the videos recently . The way you make learning English simple is really awesome . Can you please advise me how can I improve my reading speed ? Thanks

Sunday, December 16th 2012

thx Alex

Monday, December 17th 2012

Dear Alex ,
Do you mind if I ask a doubt?
If your reply is “No”, then I could go ahead.
I suppose it will be “No” because you are a pleasant teacher.

Please clarify on the below query.

A:Who can do this job?
B:I can do .
C:I could do that.

I understand from the above conversation that B is confidant to do that job whereas C is not sure (possibilities).

Could you clarify?

Monday, December 17th 2012

Hi Alex it was really a very interesting and but it doesn’t include all information about asking permission I wonder if you could give more lessons?

Thursday, December 20th 2012


Friday, December 21st 2012


Friday, December 21st 2012

Good job Alex.

Wednesday, December 26th 2012

Thank you for this awesome lesson,,i have a Question,what is the difference between “Would you Mind if i borrow your pencil” and “Would you mind allowing me to use your DVD player” as example,,,,,,,when i use the V.(The first Ex),and the Verb+ing,,,,which is more polite?

Thursday, January 3rd 2013

Alex. Thank you very much but I can’t distinguish ” Do you mind…” and ” would you mind ” Do they have the same usage ? Wait for your response ……Love you…..

Friday, January 18th 2013

Thank you, teacher Alex.
I have learned a lot of English from you.

Friday, January 18th 2013

Thank you, teacher

Saturday, January 19th 2013

is it correct to ask “may i ask how should I do that?” I don’t know if this sentence is 100% grammatically correct. Thanks for your lesson!

Sunday, January 20th 2013

I don’t understand the difference between should have, may have, must have , could have . can you help me please .

Tuesday, January 22nd 2013

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Monday, January 28th 2013

hello alex nice job
but i would like to ask u if i said would u give me your pencil what do u think it should be more polite than others or not?

Wednesday, January 30th 2013

Great lesson..it’s very helpful…thanks so much

Thursday, February 7th 2013

Hi allex ,I not understand The 1question ,could you answer me?

Saturday, February 9th 2013

Can I say Thanks :)

Saturday, February 9th 2013


Monday, February 18th 2013

Hi people, i like to practise my english with all the people watching this. please give me a message, my adress is: ruli_hispavista@hotmail.com

Friday, February 22nd 2013

Thx alot for all !! can we say ‘yes u could!’ or’ no u couldn’t’ if someone asks permission using could . Thx in advance Sir!

Wednesday, February 27th 2013

do you mind if I said you are the perfect teacher for me, Alex.?

Sunday, March 3rd 2013

Thanks for your lesson about “ASKING PERMISSION”

Monday, March 11th 2013

bad teacher. would u mind if i borrowed a pencil? that’s true sentence.

Thursday, March 14th 2013

Thanks Alex….♥☺

Monday, April 22nd 2013

I am a new student its my first time to watch Mr Alex n very satisfy how to expression the lesson. Mr Alex is my teacher that had been searching for a long time. I love my teacher Alex

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

thanks Mr.Alex for your explanation, tomorrow is my final exam :0 in school

Monday, June 3rd 2013

Great lesson, thank you :)

Sunday, July 7th 2013

thx alex u r the best

Monday, July 22nd 2013

Thank you Alax. its helpful.

Sunday, July 28th 2013

Alex, thank you so much, I have to say that I didn’t know that CAN was the least polite way to ask something.

Monday, August 19th 2013

I got 4 correct out of 4! Ya~y :D I didn’t know that MAY was the most polite, and CAN was the least polite and urgent. I seldom to use “Do you mind if~.” So I was glad to learn how to answer the question. Thank you, Alex :D

Tuesday, September 24th 2013

Thanks …it’s very helpful …

Thursday, September 26th 2013

Is it right to ask: “Wouldn’t (don’t) you mind if I borrow your pen?”;
“Do you mind me taking your pen?”
Thank you in advance.

Monday, September 30th 2013

very helpful. Thanks, Alex. In order to contribute with the lesson, I suggest including “Would you mind …” as another formal way to ask permission. What do you think?

Monday, November 11th 2013

thks u verry much i hope i will have a good grade to the control :)

Wednesday, November 13th 2013

hi teacher alex … i am just wondering if there is a big difference in meaning between ( would you mind ) and ( do you mind ) ?
and i have another question it’s about the form of the verb that follows ( do you mind and would you mind ) it can be followed by two types of tenses ( simple past , simple present ) how could i know when to use each form and is there a difference in the degree of formality , politeness,necessity ?

Friday, December 6th 2013


Friday, December 13th 2013

thanks a lot for this video sir.I really enjoyed it

Thursday, January 16th 2014

Hi Alex,
Thanks a lot for this lesson.

Monday, January 27th 2014

Hi Alex,
Such a practical lesson!
Thank you.

Saturday, February 15th 2014


Friday, March 28th 2014

Hi Alex,
thank you for helpful lesson.
You’re a great teacher
take care

Thursday, April 3rd 2014

thanks so much for lesson ..

Monday, April 21st 2014

I like this staff is good to help me learn

Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

Thanks a lot.

Wednesday, June 4th 2014

thanks alot ^_^

Friday, July 18th 2014

Thank you Alex! Good lesson.

Monday, October 27th 2014

This lesson is useful, thanks a lot

Friday, November 28th 2014

Hi! Alex, You did a good job at making your videos interesting. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 20th 2015

Thank You Alex!!

Saturday, January 24th 2015

Thank You Alex!!

Tuesday, January 27th 2015

thnank you a lot Alex (:

Saturday, February 7th 2015

Hello sir Alext, I have questions [ do you mind close the gate for me?] [ may you close the gate for me please? Are they correct sir? Thank you such amazing teacher .

Sunday, February 22nd 2015

Great Lesson alex ;)

Saturday, March 7th 2015

Thanks Alex!It’s nice.

Sunday, March 22nd 2015

I was taught in secondary school in the late 1970s that the word “can” ONLY denotes physical ability while may ONLY denotes permission. If someone said “Can I have a piece of candy?” the teacher would say “I don’t know. Are you physically able to receive candy? You should say ‘May I have a piece of candy?'” If someone said “Can I drive to the store for you” the teacher would say “I don’t know if you are physically able to drive to the store. You should say “May I drive to the store for you?”
Can I borrow your pencil? sounds wrong to me. It should be “May I borrow your pencil?”
I can swim means I am physically able to swim.
I can drive means I am physically able to drive.
Don’t say “Can I borrow your car?” Say “May I borrow your car?”

Wednesday, May 6th 2015

Dear Bammie:

The correct phrase is “Do you mind CLOSING the gate for me?” or “Will you please close the gate for me?”

Wednesday, May 6th 2015

How to respond politely in the question “Do you mind if I borrow your pencil ?” when you don’t want to lend the pencil ?
on video you said just “yes”

Friday, July 24th 2015

    Hi Amir,
    The answer would be ” I am afraid I need it”

    Sunday, August 9th 2015

yes sir!!! 10/10 thanks again Alex! nice lesson

Friday, September 4th 2015

Thank you very much …
Your class is amazing <3

Thursday, October 8th 2015

thanks again Alex

Sunday, October 11th 2015

thanx so much Mr Alex ..
may you tell me what about ” would you … etc ” in asking permission case ?

Saturday, October 17th 2015

Hi Alex,
What’s the use of ‘would you mind’, is it used in the same way as ‘do you mind’??

Thursday, November 5th 2015

thanks for this lesson, it was new for me

Thursday, January 7th 2016


Saturday, January 16th 2016

The lesson was very clear. Thank you very much.

Monday, January 18th 2016

Good one, thanks(:

Monday, January 25th 2016

Thanks for given your lesson mr Alex

Saturday, April 2nd 2016

Thanks mr Alex

Saturday, April 2nd 2016

Hi teacher! Can we say: «Do you mind borrowing your pencil?

Wednesday, May 25th 2016

    That’s mostly correct. You would say “Do you mind lending me your pencil?”

    “Lend” and “borrow” are common words for English learners to mix up — here’s a lesson by Ronnie about it.

    Wednesday, May 25th 2016

Or :«would you mind borrowing your pencil?».

Thursday, May 26th 2016

Thank u Alex. Now I aunderstand how can I say politely in english.

Monday, June 13th 2016

I totally got it.
Thanks to your lesson.

Friday, July 8th 2016

Thank you Alex :)

Wednesday, August 3rd 2016

Good lesson. Thanks Alex !

Thursday, September 1st 2016

3/4. I got it wrong at the first question. A little confusing but i do understand it now.

Friday, November 4th 2016

hello,I’ve a question..it’s correct “mind you give me a pencil?”many thanks

Thursday, November 24th 2016

Hi Alex you are an amazing teacher I want to do a travel for see you and learn a lot things

Monday, March 6th 2017

I got 1/4. :) I’m going to watch the lesson again!

Sunday, April 2nd 2017

Thanks for this lesson Alex…

Wednesday, June 21st 2017

Thank you Alex

Monday, July 24th 2017

i’m not understanding question number one of the quiz !!!

Monday, August 14th 2017

Oooh its difficult

Wednesday, August 16th 2017

A very nice lession! I can’t understand what you said at 1:20 of the video: “I’m ??? asking you if you …” and at 1:23 “I’m asking in a more ??? formality …”
Could anyone help me figure our the missing words in the two sentences?
Many thanks!!

Monday, September 4th 2017

    I hope this is not too late :D,
    1:20 –> I’m really not asking you if you can give it to me

    1:23 –> I’m asking it more so as a formality you’re going to give me your pencil

    FYI, for another way, because this is youtube video, you can activate video’s subtitle, by clicking “CC” icon (near gear icon) located in right bottom of the video screen, so you can read what the person in the video says.

    Tuesday, February 13th 2018


Monday, January 8th 2018

Thanks a lot Alex!

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

nice lesson alex, I´ve always used “may” but now I can use the lastone “do you mind” thanks.

Thursday, February 8th 2018

It’s very nice and useful lesson , thanks my teacher ALEX

Monday, February 12th 2018

Thank you teacher

Tuesday, March 27th 2018

Thanks Alex for this video.

Thursday, April 26th 2018

Thank you Alex.
Through the video, I learned much more than how to ask permission in English!
I watched this video twice for practicing English listening.
And the third time I opened caption to learn more vocabulary and sentences.
It’s really helpful.
Thank you :)

Wednesday, May 16th 2018

Many thanks

Friday, October 26th 2018

Alex don’t worry, I understand all your lesson ;)
Thank you

Wednesday, December 19th 2018

Alex teacher i am new here and your website but i have no speaking engglish no writting no vecubrory please help me i am pakistani

Saturday, March 16th 2019

Great Class!!! thank you!!!!

Thursday, March 28th 2019

Thanks a lot Mr. Alex.

Thursday, January 2nd 2020

Hi Alex this is a good leason

Monday, March 23rd 2020

Tks Alex

Wednesday, April 29th 2020

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