“Can I help you?”

English Lesson: Can I help you?

You're at work. Someone walks by your desk, looking lost. You want to find out why they're there, so you ask this.

Can I help you?

Can I help you?

You can ask "Can I help you?" if you want to offer someone help.

But this is also the phrase that employees of a store or business use to greet customers or visitors. When a visitor seems lost or confused, the employee asks:

Can I help you?

In a way, the phrase "Can I help you?" can be pretty negative. It can mean "You're not one of us." You can use it when somoeone is in a place that they don't belong in. For example, if there's someone that you've never seen before walking back and forth in front of your house, you can open your door and ask them "Can I help you?"


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