1. Anybody mind if I take the position?
2. I thought I’d use the dictionary.
3. Would you allow me to park here?
4. Any chance of meeting the professor?
5. Do I have your permission?
6. By all means.
7. Please don’t hesitate to do that.
8. Yes, I guess so.
9. I’m afraid I can’t let you.
10. I can’t possibly lend you my camera.
W: May I come in, Mr Sun?
M: I’d rather you didn’t, Miss Yang. I’m very busy now.
W: Can I try later then?
M: Yes, of course.
(An hour later…)
W: Is it all right for me to come in now, Mr Sun?
M: Well, uh…I’m still pretty busy, but… all right. Come in. What can I do for you?
W: Do you mind if I sit down?
M: Not at all. Take a seat. Now what can I do for you?
W: I want to leave the department. Do you think I could put info a transfer?
M: Yes. But why should you want to do that?
W: Do you mind if I speak frankly?
M: Not at all. Go ahead.
W: Well. You see, I don’t like the office. I don’t like the staff. And I’m afraid of you. And I don’t want to go one. So may I put info a transfer?
M: Yes. I’d be delighted if you did.
M: Can I leave early today?
W: Sure. I don’t mind.
M: And can I come in late tomorrow?
W: I don’t see why not.
M: And may I take Friday off?
W: Go ahead. It’s OK with me.
M: One more thing. Would you give me a ten-dollar raise?
—— I wonder if I could possibly borrow two bikes from the shop tomorrow? I’ll take actual care of them. I promise you.
—— Well. All right, Mark. Just this once. But you have to pick them up yourself. I’m a very busy man.
—— Oh, that’s all right. It’s very kind of you. Can I come around now?
—— I’d rather you didn’t come immediately as I said I’m very busy at the moment. Come after lunch, Mark.
M: Do you think I could use your car tomorrow? I’ve got a date with this girl, see? And…
W: I see. Well , now you can have it as long as you bring it back by 9:30.
M: 9:30? That’s no good. Couldn’t I have it a bit longer? Even if I fill up the tank?
W: I’m afraid not, Nick. That’s the best I can do.
M: Mum, can I finish my homework later?
W: Sorry. You know the rules.
M: But I want to watch TV now.
W: That’s out of the question.
W: Not a chance.
M: Not even for an hour?
W: Sorry, it’s impossible.
W: What? You want to leave early?
M: Yes. Can I?
W: Do you really need to?
M: Yes. Is it OK with you?
W: Is it important?
M: Yes. Do you mind?
W: You really have to?
M: Yes. Will you let me?
W: I guess so.
M: Good morning. Can I see Mr Jackson, please?
W: Well. Have you got his permission?
M: Yes. We have an appointment at eight o’clock.
W: What’s your name, please?
M: Robert. Philips Robert.
Well. I’d like to see something about myself. I studied Japanese at university. Then I got a job with advertising agency as a secretary. In 2000, I went to abroad with a friend. Then I worked for a company which sold books and paintings. I was still single at 28. Then my parents started to worry. I was very interested in Jazz and I met my boyfriend at a Jazz club. My parents didn’t want their daughter to marry a foreigner. Without their permission, I gave up. But I still thought of it.