¿puedo ir al servicio? = can/may

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by Anilkar, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. Anilkar Junior Member

    Spanish
    Como se diría de forma más correcta" ¿Puedo ir al servicio?":

    Can I go to the toilets?? or May I go to the toilets?? (alumno a profesor)

    Valen las dos??
    Gracias!!
     
  2. blasita

    blasita Senior Member

    Spanish - Spain (Madrid)
    Yo diría que las dos. May/Could I go to the toilet? son mucho más formales, en mi opinión.

    Can I go to the toilet? estaría más que de sobra...

    Saludos.
     
  3. Anilkar Junior Member

    Spanish
    Muchas Gracias!!
     
  4. Moritzchen Senior Member

    Los Angeles, CA
    Spanish, USA
    May I go to the bathroom/restroom?
    May I be excused?
     
  5. blasita

    blasita Senior Member

    Spanish - Spain (Madrid)
    Yes, I agree with Moritzchen; bathroom/restroom are okay too. But keep in mind they are more American English; that´s what I think.

    So you´ll have to choose where you are and the variety of English you´re learning in order to say the most appropriate word/s.

    Thanks!
     
  6. Anilkar Junior Member

    Spanish
    What question is used in UK??
     
  7. blasita

    blasita Senior Member

    Spanish - Spain (Madrid)
    Hi Anilkar,

    Not a question, but words; i.e. toilets UK (US restroom , US also ladies'/men's room).

    Wait for native British talking here; but I repeat, can is enough, though could/may are more polite and formal: I like them in all situations. In a classroom, any are okay, but can is my informal favourite.
     
  8. Anilkar Junior Member

    Spanish
    Ok, Thanks blasita!!
     
  9. Garz

    Garz Senior Member

    España
    Español (España)
    ¿Sería correcto preguntar: Which question they use in UK?

    Me refiero a "¿Qué pregunta (entre las opciones que han dado) se usa en el Reino Unido?
     
  10. Adolfo Afogutu

    Adolfo Afogutu Senior Member

    Uruguay
    Español
    May I go to the pee and poo room?
    Chiste, chiste.
     
  11. blasita

    blasita Senior Member

    Spanish - Spain (Madrid)
    Mi intento. Saludos.
     

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