Asking Permission


Modals are commonly used for asking permission

    Can I ask you a question?

    May I have a piece of cake?

    Could I get you to turn off the lights

Some other common phrases are

    Do you mind if I smoke?

    Would you mind if I asked you something?

    Is it okay if I sit here?

    Would it be all right if I borrowed your lawn mower?

Giving Permission


    Go ahead.

    No problem.