Qual seria a "short answer" para "May"?

Regi Pestana 35
Hello everyone!

Eu sei que a resposta para: Can I help you? Poderia ser Yes, I can ou No, I can't. E seu usasse May I help you? Qual seria a resposta curta?

Thank you!
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PPAULO 58945 6 45 1053
It could be: "yes" - or - "yes please."

It´s one offer, or someone offering some help in incertain terms (or in more formal ways, as it happens when addressing someone superior in rank/status, authority or has some kind of power over us).

Not to be confused with "how may I help you?" wich asks you how (specifically) the asker could be of help to you.

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http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/ ... u.1135660/
PPAULO 58945 6 45 1053
Hi Regis, good evening.
It may be impolite or it may not, it depends on the formality, the sensitivity and the politeness you want to use.

That is what the guy here means, so it goes with the situation, the setting, the person you are answering to, etc.

If your toddler ask you if he/she may go out to play with his/her playmate, you can say "yes" or even "yes, you can." You are in a position of authority here, and the situation is a bit informal, yet there´s some other adult around there and the toddle knows he/she must act respectful to both, you and the visitor. Or to you before a visitor.
You could also say "okay/no problem/of course, etc."

A child ask "may I go to the bathroom?" (the guy is expected to ask this way, and should do it.)
The aswer from his/her teacher: Yes, you may/of course you may. (in a way, it would be the equivalent to, in military parlance, "permission allowed" to leave and go to the bathrooms/restrooms.)

http://www.phrasemix.com/answers/should ... i-or-may-i
http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/ ... n.2213615/

Your teacher might have meant the more formal ways, and this was a sensible decision, since your age when learning English wasn´t that of a little child.
Plus, if you travel to other country you can´t be wrong by being respectful. Anyway, now you know a bit more, and we are introducing you to the "shades of grey". That is, there´s more to it when we go deep in the learning.

Hope it helps (and, of course, further comments are welcome.)
Regi Pestana 35
I was taught that it is impolite to answer YES NO question with a simple YES or NO. Acording to the teachers I had, you have to answer with yes/no + pronoun + auxiliary.


Do you speak English? Yes, I do or No, I don't
Can you help me? Yes, I can or No Can't
Is this a car? Yes, It is or No, it isn't.
Is there any water in the glass? Yes, there is or No there isn't
Could she talk to the teacher? Yes, she could or No, the couldn't

But I my opinion is weird to use Yes, I may or No, I mayn't.

Any more comments about this topic?

Thank you all
Thank you in advance.