“Would you like some help?” “May I help you?”

kuwa

Member
japanese-japan
Hello, teachers!


You are looking for a T-shirt in a store. A clerk comes up to you.


In this situation, can s/he say “Would you like some help?” instead of saying “May I help you?”
 
  • kuwa

    Member
    japanese-japan
    Thanks, lingobingo!

    Which is the most common?

    1 Can I help you?
    2 May I help you?
    3 Do you need any help?
    4 Do you want some help?
    5 Would you like some help?
    6 Shall I help you?

    All of these would be fine?

    Will you tell me other possible questions?
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I agree that 4 and 6 are misfits. They're the sort of thing a member of the public might say to someone who appears to be in difficulty or struggling to manage something — e.g. a young mum having trouble folding up her baby-buggy.
     

    kuwa

    Member
    japanese-japan
    I see. Thank you, GRW and lingobingo!

    By the way, which is usually used, some or any?

    Would you like (some / any ) help?
    Do you need (some / any ) help?
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Either. I suppose some has a more positive nuance, in that any is associated mostly with negatives and questions.

    I can offer you some help. :tick: / I can offer you any help. :cross:
     
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