AEE 674: How to Ask for More Space in English

how to ask for more space in English

Do you ever feel that you need more space and you don’t know how to ask for it in English?

Today you’ll find out how to ask someone to move over and give you some space.

This skill could be useful on the train or in a classroom or when you’re waiting in line to buy groceries.

 

Does this topic vary across cultures?

Personal space is a priority that varies drastically across cultures.

When Michelle went to India she told us how different things were regarding the value of personal space there.

In the United States many Americans feel that they need a lot of personal space around them.

It has been called “the personal bubble.”

This is a value that is probably more important Americans than other people around the world.

 

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How to ask for more space in English:

  • “Could you move over a bit?”
  • “Scooch over (informal, someone you know) or if you physically move someone you can say, “I’m gonna give you a scooch.”
  • “I’m kind of squished over here, mind if I move your chair/move you over a bit? (can be combined)”

 

Extra tips:

Smile, maybe even laugh a little bit about it.

Don’t physically move someone without asking them and unless you are close to them (partner, sibling, child).

Use polite intonation and keep it friendly sounding.

 

What questions do you have from today?

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