Polite expressions in English

June 27, 2012

The English are known for their etiquette. These are rules of behaviour among polite people. The English language, too, is known for being extremely polite. Here are some polite expressions that you will need to use very often.

Thank you very much, but you needn’t have bothered. (Said to someone who took trouble to do something for you.)

Don’t worry about me.

That’s so kind / nice of you.

You are so sweet / kind / nice / generous.

How can I help you?

Is there anything that you would like me to do?

That’s enough./ That’s it. / That will do.

Please don’t mind. (This is a polite expression that people often use before saying something that could offend the listener.)

I’m sorry, but I didn’t mean to offend you. (Said after saying or doing something offensive.)

Sorry for interrupting.

Can I suggest something?

I’m at your service / disposal. (Said to express your willingness to do anything for another person.)

I’m afraid that I can’t help you. (= I’m sorry to tell you that I can’t help you.)

It was nice to meet you.

Excuse me. Could you tell me the time?

Excuse me. Could I get past?

Have a nice time.

I was extremely sorry to hear about the tragedy.

Give my love / regards / greetings to X.

‘Thank you very much.’ ‘That’s all right.’

Please take your seat.

Please be seated.

Would you like something to drink / eat?