How to ask for approval in English

How to Ask for Approval in English


Sometimes we are not sure if it’s a good idea to do something. So we need useful expressions for asking if other people agree with an idea or intended action. Here are top 10 phrases.

Asking for Approval – 10 Expressions to Use in Speaking and Writing

  • Do you think it’s all right to do it?
  • What do you think about (me doing that)?
  • Do you think / reckon I ought to (do it)?

These Phrases are quite informal ways of asking if another person agrees with an action that you are planning to do. They suggest that the speaker probably will do it.

  • What would you say if I (did it)?
  • Would you approve of (doing something)?

These Phrases are hypothetical and so sound a bit more polite. They suggest that the speaker won’t do it if another person doesn’t agree.

  • What is your attitude to the idea of…

This Phrase  is asking another person for their feelings about an imagined action. The speaker doesn’t actually say that she is thinking of doing it so is making the action more remote. This phrase is quite formal.

  • Are you in favour of (me doing something)?

In this Phrase , the action being described will seem more remote if the speaker leaves out the word ‘me’, in a similar way to the phrase above.

  • You are in favour of … aren’t you?

In this Phrase, it is important that the intonation is falling on the first ‘are’ and is rising on the negative verb in the question tag ‘aren’t’.

  • Do you think anyone would mind if I…

This Phrase is quite informal and is asking the listener’s opinion about other people’s reactions. You follow this phrase with a past tense.

  • Do you think it would be really awful if I…

This Phrase  is suggesting that the speaker expects that the other person will not agree but wants to know how strongly the other person disagree with the intended action.

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