Can you (do something)?
This is a way to ask someone to do something. It's appropriate for:
- a boss to use with the people who work for him or her
- a customer to use with a store employee
- a parent to use with his or her children
- asking a friend to help you with something
"Can you ___" is more direct than asking "Could you..."
Sometimes a person will include "maybe" in this question:
Can you maybe call him and tell him to meet us there?
Can you maybe turn the volume down just a little?
This phrase appears in these lessons:
- “Can you give me just a minute to finish writing this?”
- “Nelly, can you maybe shed a little light on this?”
- “Can you follow up with Jay later this week?”
- “Can you just trim the back and sides?”
- “Can you pull up the pricing estimate I sent out last week?”
- “Can you sprinkle some salt and pepper on it?”
- “Can you loan me a couple hundred bucks? Please, just this once. ”
- “Can you pick up a loaf of that wheat bread that I usually get?”
- “Can you give me a hand with this?”
- “Can you Cc me and Eddie when you send that?”