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4. Permission: can, may, could and be allowed to

- Practice

A Asking permission (1)

How would you ask for permission in these situations?
Use
Can I ... ?, Could I ... ? or May I ... ? and these verbs: borrow, join, look at, use

  • You are at a friends flat. You want to make a phone call.

Can I use your phone?
1. You need a calculator. The person sitting next to you has got one.
2. You
have gone into a cafe. Three people who you know from work are sitting at a table. You go over to the table.
3. You had to go to a lecture, but you were ill. Your friend went to the lecture and took notes. Next day you are well again and you see your friend.

B Giving and refusing permission (2)

A policeman is telling you what the signs mean. What does he say?
Use
can and can't and these verbs: drop, go, have, park, play, smoke, turn

Policeman:

  • You can't go this way.
  • You can park here.

1. ___________________
2. ___________________
3. ___________________
4. ___________________
5. ___________________

C Be allowed to (3)

Put in the correct forms.

Rita: I hear you've moved into a new flat with a couple of friends.
Emma: Yes, its a nice flat, but the landlady is really strict.
We arent allowed to do.
(we / not / allow / do) anything. It was my birthday last month, and (1) _________ (I / not / allow / have) a party.
Rita: Oh, (2) ________(we / allow / have) parties at our place, luckily. (3)_____________ (we /allow /do) anything, more or less. Were hoping to have an all-night party soon, but I'm not absolutely sure if
(4) ______________ (we / allow / hold) it.

D May I...? or Am I allowed to ... ? (3)

Are you asking for permission, or are you asking what the rule is? Put in May I .. . ? or Am I allowed to...?

May I______________ use your computer?
Am I allowed to______ smoke in this cinema?
1. ___________________ cross the road here?
2. ___________________ ask you a personal question?
3. ___________________ rollerblade in this park?
4. ___________________ drive a car without insurance?
5. ___________________ read your magazine?

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