Polite expressions in English| English speaking lesson 4

There are different polite expressions used in the English language, Here we are going to discuss some most used words.

There are certain words and expressions used in the English language to speak politely. Native speakers love polite expressions. Read the following words and sentences carefully. If someone uses the following words and expressions in his language, it is a sign of his politeness. Everyone likes courteous conversation, so we must be courteous in conversation.

1: Thanks 2: As you please 3:Sir/ Madam
4: As you like 5: Sorry 6: Happily
7: Oblige 8:Regret 9: May

Use of Oblige:

If some service is done to you or you do some service to some one, the normal expression of courtesy is that either you or someone other person express his thanks by saying “I am obliged to you” The following example are helpful to you.

  1. Mr. Gulzar, I will do this work for you.
  2. Mr. Ahmad I shall feel obliged to you.

 Use of Regret :

This is an indication that something yon can not do and also that some action can not be taken and refusal for that can be expressed courteously in the following way:

  1. Aqeel! Shakeel, will you have some breakfast?
  2. Shakeel! Regret, not possible now.

As you like, As you please :

This form expresses the will of the person and it expresses good gestures in all fields of life. The following examples will make the position clear:

  1. Akram! Kareem, Shall I join Orient College?
  2. Kareem! As you like/ As you please.

Sir/ Madam :

The above words are commonly used when we address any person superior to us, whether a teacher, an elderly person, or an officer. It is a form of salutation and is the test form of courtesy in the English language ..May I  come in or May i do that, Madam?


The word ‘happily’ is also another form of courtesy where a person allows other to do particular thing  in the best manner without any objection. For instance you can do that happily.

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