Invitations

In this article, we're going to have a look at how to make invitations in English. Why don't you read it, then? :-)

1 will you have/would you like + noun:

  • Will you have a coffee? (sometimes shortened to just  Have a drink.)
  • Would you like a biscuit?

Note that do you want is not an invitation.

In indirect speech we use offer + indirect object (a  person addressed) + noun:

2 will/would/could you? would you like to?

  • "Will you have lunch with me tomorrow?" is informal, but " Would/Could you have lunch with me?" or " Would you like to have lunch with me?"  can be used in both informal and formal situations.

These invitations would be reported by invite/ask + direct object + to + noun, or invite/ask + direct object + infinitive:

  • He invited me to lunch/to have lunch with him.

3 Answers to invitations

Offers of a drink/a cigarette etc. are usually answered:

  • "Yes, please" or "No, thank you"

Invitations with would you/could you/would you like are usually answered:

  • I'd like very much/I'd love to or I'd like very much much but I'm afraid I can't.

wouldn't like, of course, would not be possible. An invitation and answer might be reported:

  • He invited us to dinner/ to a party/t o spend the weekend with him and we accenpted/ but we refused/but we had to refuse because...

4   When the speaker doesn't really expect his offer/invitation to be accepted he can say:

  • "You wouldn't like another cup of tea, would you?" (Perhaps the speaker would like another drink himself, and wants an excuse. He doesn't really expect that his friend will accept, though.)
  • "She wouldn't like to go to the cinema with me, would she?" (Again he doesn't really expect an acceptance.)

    invite on lunch or invite to

    invite on lunch or invite to lunch . which one is correct?