Extending Invitations in English

Most people get together after one person extends an invitation to another. Extending casual invitations to family, friends and colleagues is how most people get together to enjoy each others company. Invitations are essential in maintaining an active social life.

Invitations may include asking a friend to go out for a drink or dinner after work or to go to an event (concert, basketball games, etc.) that both like. Not only is it important to know what to say to extend an invitation, but also what to say to accept or reject an invitation

English Expressions Used to Extend Invitations
    Expression: Do you want to go to ( … the movies with me)?
    Accept: OK, what’s playing?
    Decline: No thanks, I don’t really like going to the movies.
    Expression: Would you like to go to ( … the zoo with me on Saturday)??
    Accept: That sounds good, thanks.
    Decline: I can’t, I have to work.
    Expression: How about going with me ( … for a drink after work)?
    Accept: Sure, where should we go?
    Decline: Sorry, but I’ve already made other plans.
    Expression: I’d like to invite you to ( … the dance this weekend)?
    Accept: How kind of you to ask, I’d be delighted.
    Decline: I’m sorry, but I have a previous engagement.
    Expression: Are you free (… Saturaday afternoon)?
    Accept: Sure, what did you have in mind?
    Decline: I would like to but I have to help my father paint the garage.

More formal invitations, such as wedding invitations, are usually written and may require an RSVP (French abbreviation répondez s’il vous plaît meaning please reply).

Practice Activities

Find a partner and practice extending invitations in English for the following situation.

Go to a movie
To a picnic
To a concert
To a family reunion
To a political rally

Other Links for Invitation
XX Invitations Lesson Plan
XX Making Invitations

To find other conversation activities and dialogues for
extending invitations take a look at:

Conversation Made Easy     OR     Talk, Talk, Talk

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