Module 5, Unit 9

“Asking Favors of Other People”

Base Sentences – (721-735)

721 Would you please hold the door open for me?

721 ¿Podría mantener la puerta abierta para mí?

722 You’re very kind to take the trouble to help me.

722 Es muy amable de tomar la molestia de ayudarme.

723 I wish I could repay you somehow for your kindness.

723 Me gustaría poder pagar de alguna manera por su amabilidad.

724 I’m afraid it was a bother for you to do this.

724 Me temo que era una molestia para usted para hacer esto.

725 It wasn’t any bother. I was glad to do it.

725 No fue ninguna molestia. Me alegré de hacerlo.

726 There’s just one last favor I need to ask of you.

726 Pero hay un último favor que tengo que pedirte.

727 I’d be happy to help you in any way I can.

727 Yo estaría encantado de ayudarle en todo lo que pueda.

728 Would you mind giving me a push? My car has stalled.

728 ¿Te importaría darme un empujón? Mi coche se ha estancado.

729 Would you be so kind as to open this window for me? It’s stuck.

729 ¿Serías tan amable de abrir esta ventana para mí? Se ha atascado.

730 If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know.

730 Si hay algo más que pueda hacer, por favor hágamelo saber.

731 This is the last time I’ll ever ask you to do anything for me.

731 Esta es la última vez que alguna vez te pido que hagas algo por mí.

732 I certainly didn’t intend to cause you so much inconvenience.

732 Desde luego, no tenía la intención de hacer que tanto inconveniente.

733 He’ll always be indebted to you for what you’ve done.

733 Siempre estaré en deuda contigo por lo que has hecho.

734 Could you lend me ten dollars? I left my wallet at home.

734 ¿Podrías prestarme diez dólares? Dejé mi cartera en casa.

735 I’d appreciate it if you would turn out the lights. I’m sleepy.

735 Te agradecería si usted desea apagar las luces. Tengo sueño.

Verb Study

1. hold (something) open => [held…open, held…open], holding…open, holds…open

(A) Would you please hold the door open for me? (B) He held the door open for me because my arms were full. (C) We’ve held the job open for him for two weeks now. (A) ¿Podría mantener la puerta abierta para mí? (B) Se mantuvo la puerta abierta para mí porque mis brazos estaban llenos. (C) Hemos realizado el trabajo abierto para él durante dos semanas.

2. repay => [repaid, repaid], repaying, repays

(A) I wish I could repay you somehow for your kindness. (B) He hasn’t repaid the money I loaned him. (C) We repaid him for his kindness by taking him to dinner. (D) I can’t repay you for what you’ve done. (E) He always repays the money he owes. (A) Me gustaría poder pagar de alguna manera por su amabilidad. (B) No ha devuelto el dinero que le presté. (C) Nos lo había de pagar por su amabilidad llevándolo a cenar. (D) No puedo pagar por lo que has hecho. (E) Siempre paga el dinero que debe.

3. push =pushed, pushing, pushes

(A) Would you mind giving me a push? My car has stalled. (B) He pushed his books off the table. (C) Push the door open, Will you? (D) I’m pushing as hard as I can, but the car won’t move. (A) ¿Te importaría darme un empujón? Mi coche se ha estancado. (B) Empujó sus libros fuera de la mesa. (C) Empuje la puerta abierta, ¿quieres? (D) Estoy empujando tan duro como puedo, pero el coche no se mueve.

4. stall => stalled, stalling, stalls

(A) My car stalled yesterday. (B) It stalled last week, too. (C) It stalls all the time. I think I have engine trouble. (D) Are you stalling for time? Don’t you want to go with me? (A) Mi auto se detuvo ayer. (B) Se detuvo la semana pasada, también. (C) que se ahogue todo el tiempo. Creo que tengo problemas con el motor. (D) ¿Está usted tratando de ganar tiempo? ¿No quieres venir conmigo?

5. open => opened, opening, opens

(A) Would you be so kind as to open this window? (B) She opens the window in the morning and closes it at night. (C) I just opened the door and came in. (D) Please open the door and come in. (A) ¿Serías tan amable de abrir esta ventana? (B) Se abre la ventana por la mañana y se cierra por la noche. (C) Acabo de abrir la puerta y entró (D) Por favor, abra la puerta y venir pulg

6. intend (to) => intended to, intending to, intends to

(A) I didn’t intend to start an argument. (B) She intends to go to the movies tonight. (C) We’ve never intended to inconvenience you. (C) They intended to get here last night, but they had a flat tire on the way. (A) Yo no tenía la intención de iniciar una discusión. (B) Se tiene la intención de ir al cine esta noche. (C) Nunca nos propusimos para ocasionar problemas. (C) tenían la intención de llegar ayer por la noche, pero tenían un neumático desinflado en el camino.

7. lend => [lent, lent], lending, lends

(A) Could you lend me ten dollars? (B) I’ve already lent you more than fifty dollars. (C) She lends me money once in a while. (D) Why did you lend him so much money? (E) Would you lend me that book until next week? (A) ¿Podrías prestarme diez dólares? (B) Ya le he prestado más de cincuenta dólares. (C) Ella me presta dinero de vez en cuando. (D) ¿Por qué le prestan tanto dinero? (E) ¿Me podría prestar ese libro hasta la próxima semana?

Word/Phrase Substitution Drills

1a Would you please hold the door open for me?

1bWould you please leave the door unlocked for me?

1c Would you please keep the fire burning for me?

1d Would you please have dinner ready for me?

1e Would you please have these clothes washed for me?

2a You’re very kind to take the trouble to help me.

2b You’re very nice to take the trouble to help me.

2c You’re very thoughtful to take the trouble to help me.

2d You’re very considerate to take the trouble to help me.

2e You’re very sweet to take the trouble to help me.

2f You’re very understanding to take the trouble to help me.

3a wish I could repay you somehow for your kindness.

3b wish I could reward you somehow for your kindness.

3c wish I could show my gratitude to you somehow for your kindness.

3d wish I could pay you somehow for your kindness.

3e wish I could thank you somehow for your kindness.

4a I’m afraid it was a bother for you to do this.

4b I’m afraid it was bothersome for you to do this.

4c I’m afraid it was a burden on you to do this.

4d I’m afraid it was an inconvenience to you to do this.

4e I’m afraid it was an imposition on you to do this.

5a It wasn’t any bother. I was glad to do it.

5b It wasn’t any trouble. I was glad to do it.

5c It wasn’t a bit of trouble. I was glad to do it.

5d It wasn’t any bother at all. I was glad to do it.

5e It wasn’t at all difficult. I was glad to do it.

5f It wasn’t anything at all. I was glad to do it.

6a There’s just one last favor I need to ask of you.

6b There’s just one last favor I feel I need to ask of you.

6c There’s just one last favor I’d like to ask of you.

6e There’s just one last favor I must ask of you.

6f There’s just one last favor I feel I must ask of you.

6g There’s just one last favor I ought to ask of you.

6h There’s just one last favor I just have to ask of you.

7a I’d be happy to help you in any way I can.

7b I’d be happy to help you in any way I possibly can.

7c I’d be happy to help you in any way I might be able to.

7d I’d be happy to help you in any way I am able to.

7e I’d be happy to help you in any way I could.

8a Would you mind giving me a push? My car has stalled.

8b Would you mind opening the door? My arms are full.

8c Would you mind helping me up? My ankle is sprained.

8d Would you mind calling the doctor? My head is bleeding.

8e Would you mind loaning me some money? My wallet is gone.

9a Would you be so kind as to open this window for me? It’s stuck.

9b Would you be so kind as to open this window for me? It’s jammed.

9c Would you be so kind as to open this window for me? It’s tightly closed.

9d Would you be so kind as to open this window for me? It’s stuck somehow.

9e Would you be so kind as to open this window for me? It’s locked.

10a If there’s anything else I can do, please let me know.

10b If there’s anything else I can do, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

10c If there’s anything else I can do, please call on me.

10d If there’s anything else I can do, please tell me.

10e If there’s anything else I can do, please send me a memorandum.

11a This is the last time I’ll ever ask you to do anything for me.

11b This is the last time I’ll ever ask you to do me a favor.

11c This is the last time I’ll ever ask you to do a favor for me.

11d This is the last time I’ll ever ask you for favors.

11e This is the last time I’ll ever ask you to bother to help me.

11f This is the last time I’ll ever ask you for anything.

12a I certainly didn’t intend to cause you so much inconvenience.

12b I certainly didn’t intend to bother you so much.

12c I certainly didn’t intend to interfere in your affairs.

12d I certainly didn’t intend to upset your plans.

12e I certainly didn’t intend to worry you with my problems.

12f I certainly didn’t intend to get you so involved in my problems.

13a He’ll always be indebted to you for what you’ve done.

13b He’ll always be grateful to you for what you’ve done.

13c He’ll always be thankful to you for what you’ve done.

14a Could you lend me ten dollars? I left my wallet at home.

14b Could you lend me ten dollars? I don’t have any money with me.

14c Could you lend me ten dollars? I seem to have left my wallet at home.

14d Could you lend me ten dollars? I don’t get paid until tomorrow.

14e Could you lend me ten dollars? I seem to be broke.

15a I’d appreciate it if you would turn out the light. I’m sleepy.

15b I’d appreciate it if you would try to be quiet. I’m sleepy.

15c I’d appreciate it if you would not be so noisy. I’m sleepy.

15d I’d appreciate it if you would excuse me now. I’m sleepy.

15e I’d appreciate it if you would not talk so loudly. I’m sleepy.

Reading Practice

There are two men in important positions in my office—Mr. Thompson and Mr. White. Everyone enjoys working with Mr. Thompson, but no one likes Mr. White. Hay dos hombres que ocupan puestos importantes en mi oficina-Mr. Thompson y el señor Blanco. Todo el mundo disfruta de trabajar con el Sr. Thompson, pero a nadie le gusta el Sr. White.

Mr. Thompson is always thoughtful and considerate. When he wants something done, he’ll ask, “Would you mind getting this information for me, please?” Mr. White is just the opposite. He usually shouts across the room, “Get me this memorandum, and hurry up.” El Sr. Thompson es siempre pensativa y considerado. Cuando quiere algo, él preguntará: “¿Te importaría obtener esta información para mí, por favor?” Mr. White es todo lo contrario. Por lo general grita a través del cuarto, “Tráeme este memorando, y date prisa.”

Mr. White surprised us this morning, though. At first we thought he must be sick. He was kind and agreeable. El Sr. White nos sorprendió esta mañana, sin embargo. Al principio pensamos que debe estar enfermo. Era amable y agradable.

“Miss Erickson,” he asked, “if it isn’t too much trouble for you, could you please make these telephone calls for me?” June Erickson was astonished. Right after that, Mr. White said, “Miss Reed, would you be so kind as to open the window? It’s quite warm in here.” “Miss Erickson,” preguntó, “si no es demasiado problema para usted, ¿podrías por favor hacer estas llamadas telefónicas para mí?” June Erickson estaba asombrado. Justo después de eso, dijo White, “Miss Reed, ¿sería tan amable de abrir la ventana? Es bastante calor aquí “.

Then he talked to me. “I’d appreciate it very much if you’d mail these letters for me.” We couldn’t imagine why he was behaving so strangely. Should we offer him aspirins? Or had Mr. White changed his personality? Entonces él me habló. “Te agradecería mucho si lo envía por correo estas cartas para mí.” No podíamos imaginar por qué se comportaba de manera extraña. ¿Debemos ofrecer aspirinas? O acaso el señor White cambiado su personalidad?

The situation was soon cleared up. “Ladies,” Mr. Thompson said, “I’ve been told that the president of the company will be here soon. He’s very interested in the welfare of his employees and will have some questions to ask you about your working conditions here.” La situación fue rápidamente aclarado. “Ladies”, el Sr. Thompson dijo: “Me han dicho que el presidente de la compañía estará aquí pronto. Él está muy interesado en el bienestar de sus empleados y tendrá algunas preguntas para preguntar sobre sus condiciones de trabajo aquí “.

Questions

1. What kind of positions do Mr. Thompson and Mr. White have?

2. Why does everyone like Mr. Thompson?

3. What does Mr. White usually do when he wants something?

4. How did Mr. White behave this morning?

5. What did everyone think?

6. What did Mr. Thompson say to clear up the situation?

7. Which man would you rather work for Mr. Thompson or Mr. White? Why?

Conversation

Dialog 1

MARJORIE: Would you help me for a minute, please? DAN: Of course. What do you want me to do? MARJORIE: Could you hold these packages while I look for the key to the door DAN: I’d be glad to. What’s in these packages? They’re extremely heavy. MARJORIE: Just the things we need for the picnic tomorrow. DAN: Well, hurry up and open the door. I told you these things were heavy. MARJORIE: I can’t find the key. You must have it. DAN: You’re right, but how can I get the key while I’m holding all these packages?

Dialog 2

BOB: Would you please do me a favor, Ben? BEN: It depends on what it is. BOB: Could you loan me five dollars until Tuesday? BEN: I suppose so—if you’re sure you can pay me on Tuesday. BOB: Of course. There’s something else, too, Ben. Would you mind lending me your car tonight? BEN: Well, I guess not. I have to study anyway, so I won’t be using it. BOB: Wonderful! I have one last favor to ask you. I’d appreciate it if I could borrow your blue suit tonight. BEN: What’s the matter with your suit? BOB: It’s in the cleaners. I’m taking Genevieve to the movies tonight, and I want to look good. BEN: Genevieve? But she’s my girl. BOB: Oh, I nearly forgot. Could I borrow Genevieve, too?

Word List

a bit of

bother

bothersome

burden

considerate

full

grateful

gratitude

imposition

inconvenience

kindness

loudly

memorandum

open

push

somehow

sprained

sweet

thankful

thoughtful

tightly

understanding

wallet

Verb Forms

cause

hold, held

loan

repay, repaid

reward

stall

unlock

upset, upset

Expressions

at all

be broke

be indebted (to)

be jammed

be stuck

get involved

get paid

keep the fire burning

take the trouble (to)

Supplementary Word List

(Conversation and Reading Practice)

company

personality

president

welfare

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