INVITING SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING
Do you want to / *wanna (very informal)…?
Do you want to go to the movies tonight?
Would you like to…?
Would you like to have some coffee?
Will you . . . (with me)
Will you dance with me?
How about V+ing…?
How about going to the ice rink?
How would you like to…?
How would you like to go on a trip at the weekend?
I was wondering if you would (like to)…
I was wondering if you would like to go to the theatre on Friday.
I would like to invite you to (more formal)…
I would like to invite you to my birthday party.
When inviting someone to do something with you, it is polite to "break the ice" before extending the invitation. For example:
- Will you go dancing with me on Friday? (too abrupt by itself)
You should give the other person time to "prepare" for your invitation.
- Do you have time on Friday?
Yes, I do. Why do you ask?
- There's a dance at the Grand Ballroom. Would you like to go with me?
Sure! I'd love to.
- Do you want to go to the movies tonight?
- Would you like to go to the theater tomorrow?
- Would you be interested in going to the stadium next Sunday?
- How do you fancy going to the restaurant for dinner?
- How about going to the movies?
- Care to come over for lunch?
- I was just wondering if you would like to come over for a drink.
- We'd be delighted to have you over for my birthday party.
- Sure. What time?
- I'd love to, thanks.
- That's very kind of you, thanks.
- That sounds lovely, thank you.
- What a great idea, thank you.
- Sure. When should I be there?
- I can't. I have to work.
- This evening is no good. I have an appointment.
- I'm busy tomorrow. Can I take a rain check* on that?
- That's very kind of you, but actually I'm doing something else this afternoon.
- Well, I'd love to, but I'm already going out to the restaurant.
- I'm really sorry, but I've got something else on.
- I really don't think I can - I'm supposed to be doing something else.
(*rain check: used to tell someone that you cannot accept invitations now, but would like to do so at a later time)
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