It is a generally accepted fact, that when we offer people help, we feel good about ourselves. A real win-win situation, where everyone benefits. Let’s take a look together at the different phrases that we can use. Let’s start with some phrases for offering help to someone:

Do you need some help?

May I offer my assistance?

Can I help you?

Let me assist you.

Would you like some assistance?

What can I do for you today?

This is how we can reply to the offer in a positive way:

If you wouldn’t mind.

I’d really appreciate that.

Yes, that would be great.

Thanks, much obliged.

That’s very thoughtful of you.

If you are sure it’s no trouble.

And this is how we can refuse the offer in a polite way:

No thank you, I can manage alone.

Don’t worry, I can do it.

That’s very kind, but I’m okay.

Thank you for offering, but it’s okay.

No, don’t worry. Thanks for offering.

No, don’t bother. It won’t take long.

Of course, maybe we need to ask for assistance. These are the phrases we can use:

Would you be so kind and help me for a moment?

If it’s possible, may I ask a favour?

Could you spare a few minutes to assist me?

Is there any chance you could help me?

Could you give me a hand?

Would you mind helping me out?

Here are some positive and negative responses to those requests:


Okay, no problem.

Of course. My pleasure.

Sure, how can I help?


I’m afraid, I’m rather busy at the moment.

Well to be honest, I’ve got no time. Sorry.

I’m sorry, but I don’t think I can help you.

We hope that these phrases have offered you some help.


How to offer and ask for help in English

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