Discussion in 'English Only' started by casino, Feb 4, 2008.
Could you tell me the difference between "May I help you?" and "How may I help you?"?
May I help you? = This is more general, akin to "Am I able to help you (in any way)?" It could be answered with a simple "yes."
How may I help you? = This is more specific. "In what way can I help you?" You cannot answer by merely saying "yes"; you must specify how the person can help you.
Thank you, cropje jnr.
Hi, I learned that "Might I help you?" is a way to offer help when you are hesitate. I wonder if people realy offer that way because I had never come across with that expression before.
It is a way of offering assistance; I'm not so sure it expresses hesitance however. No, people do not use this expression anymore, at least not in my experience. Certainly it is never used among young people. Such an expression sounds antiquated and perhaps a bit affected to me.
I don't know... my butler uses it all the time... followed by "master."
sometimes I see some foreigners try to find the way on the street. whenever i see them I feel like to ask them if they need help.
I'm curious if I can say "Can I help you??" to them for this situation.
"Do you need help?" or "Can I help you?" or both of them are possible to use??
Thanks in advance!
I've merged these very similar threads.
I rather like "Can I help you?" (rather than "May I help you?" which you didn't ask about) because after I hear their problem, I find that I often can't... so the "to be able to" aspect of "can" is definitely there for me.
"Do you need help?" is what I might ask someone who looked ill, or who was an apparent victim of someone's physical or verbal abuse.
Thanks a lot!!!!
Could we aswer the question "How may/can I help you?" by saying "Yes, please"? For example when offering help in a shop?
How may I help you?
(You tell the person what assistance you need.)
Can/May I help you?
Yes, please. or Yes, you can. (Then you tell the person what assistance you need.)
You can't say "Yes, please" to "How may I help you?" because you're being asked "in what way can I help you?" so your answer must specifically deal with the "way in which they can help."
Separate names with a comma.