ACET: Functional English
How to Invite Someone
When you want to invite someone, you should ask them whether they are interested in your suggestion. Some suggestions for starting:
- Have you seen the new exhibition at the art gallery?
- Have you been to the new Chinese restaurant in the main street?
- Do you like swimming?
- Can you play chess?
- Are you interested in techno music?
If you get a positive response, you should ask them whether they are free at a particular time.
- Are you doing anything on Saturday night?
- Are you free tomorrow evening?
- Have you got any plans for the weekend?
- What are your plans for Friday afternoon?
- Are you planning to do anything in the morning?
- What are you going to do on Tuesday morning?
If they don’t have any plans, make your invitation:
- Would you like to see the exhibition of modern arts?
- Do you fancy having lunch there and going shopping afterwards?
- What about going for a swim in the afternoon?
- How about meeting up after school?
- Shall we play chess on Saturday evening?
- Let’s go to a concert at the weekend.
- Why don’t we go out tonight?
You can expect two kinds of responses:
Accepting an Invitation
Yes, I’d love to.
That sounds great.
I wouldn’t miss it for anything.
Great, can’t wait
Refusing an Invitation
Sorry I can’t.
I can’t I’m afraid.
I’d rather not.
That sounds great but I can’t because ………..
I’m really sorry but I can’t make it because …