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Making an Invitation
Making an invitation means to ask someone to come to a place at a particular time on an
occasion. While inviting someone, you have to provide the details of time, place and activity. You
are supposed to request the person(s) to be present on that occasion. This unit shows how to
invite someone and how to accept an invitation in a social situation. The following dialogues
illustrate the manner in which invitations are made.
Sample Dialogue 1
(The telephone rings.)
Smriti: Hello.
Anwar: Hi, Smriti! This is Anwar. How are you?
Smriti: Oh, hello, Anwar! I’m fine. Thank you. How about you?
Anwar: I’m good. I just called to invite you to a dinner party tonight. I just got a promotion
and I’m celebrating with all my friends.
Smriti: Congratulations, Anwar!
Anwar: Thank you.
Smriti: What time is the party?
Anwar: It’s at 8 tonight at Copper Chimney. Please, do come. We all would love to have
you there.
Smriti: Thanks for having thought of me, but I’m sorry, I can’t come. My car is in the
Anwar: That’s not a problem. We’ll pick you up from your place and drop you back as well.
Smriti: Well, then it’s okay.
Anwar: So, we’ll pick you around 7.45?
Smriti: Yes, I’ll be ready on time. Thank you. See you then.
Anwar: Ok, bye. See you in the evening.
Sample Dialogue 2
(A knock is heard. Sherry opens the door. Kiran enters.)
Kiran: Hi, Sherry!
Sherry: Hi, Kiran! What a pleasant surprise!
Kiran: How are you?
Sherry: Good. How about you?
Kiran: I’m fine. I have been busy the whole last week shifting home and now we’ve planned to
invite some friends over for the house warming party.
Sherry: Congratulations!
Kiran: Thank you. You must come with your husband and kids to our place tomorrow.
Our new address is number 47, first floor, B-block, Ivory Towers.
Sherry: That’s close by. What time are we supposed to come?
Kiran: We’ll be expecting all the guests to arrive for the evening tea around 6 p.m.
Sherry: What time do you plan to wind up?
Kiran: Dinner will be served at 9, so we’ll be winding up by 10.30.
Sherry: I’ll just check with my husband and let you know later in the afternoon today.
Kiran: That would be fine.
Sherry: What would you like to have, tea or coffee?
Kiran: No thanks. I’ve got to rush. I have to make all the arrangements. Alright then, I’ll be
waiting for your call.
Sherry: Ok. See you.
Kiran: See you later. Bye.

Points to remember while accepting an invitation:
• Express gratitude and pleasure for having been invited by the person.
• Ask about the time, place and dress code for the occasion.
• Ask whether you can bring along something to help in the function.
• Ask whether kids are allowed.

Points to remember while refusing an invitation:
• Express gratitude for having been invited by the person.
• Offer an apology for being unable to accept the invitation.
• Give a proper reason for refusing the invitation.
When you are not sure whether or not to accept an invitation, you can say that you will inform the
inviter later. For example, the way Sherry has responded to Kiran’s invitation in sample dialogue
List of Expressions:
Making an invitation:
How about joining us for picnic?
Will it be possible for you and Kanwaljit to come over for dinner tonight?
I am celebrating my promotion and you must come to the party.
I would like to invite you to my birthday party.
I’ll be hosting a party at Copper Chimney tonight at 8. Please, do come. It’ll be great to
have you there.
Making a Non-invitation:
As a parting ritual, one usually makes a general invitation without giving any specific details.
These are non-invitations. You are supposed to respond positively to them.
A non-invitation Response
You must come over sometime. Yes, sure, I will.
Whenever you come to Chandigarh, just give me a call. I’ll do that.
Let’s go for a movie someday. Of course! Why not?
Complete the dialogues:
I. Accepting an invitation.
A: Can you come over for dinner tonight?
A: No, you need not bring anything.
A: 8 p.m. would be fine.
II. Refusing an invitation.
A: Will you go for a movie with me?
A: You have got enough time to finish that.
A: Alright, we’ll go out some other day.
III. Making and Responding to Non-invitations.
A: You must visit us some day.
A: Oh, yes. Sure, I will.
A: Ok, bye.