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10-C) Invitations (Japanese) UNIT 10 lesson C

On this video, a singer invites us to go to his concert (but it's not a real invitation, you'll see why).

Will you come to my concert?
Please, buy a ticket.

USING WILL FOR INVITATIONS

One of the most common ways to make an invitation is using the modal verb WILL:

- Will you come to my party tonight?
- Of course. Thank you.

In invitations, will is not the auxiliary verb we use to make the future (I will go to London), but the modal verb that means "want".

auxiliary --> Will you make dinner? = Are you going to make dinner?  (future)
modal --> Will you come to my party? = Do you want to come to my party?  (invitation)

We can also use the modal verb WOULD to make the invitation sound more polite, but this is less common.

- Would you come to my party tonight?
- Sure. Thanks

Again, we're not using the auxiliary for conditional sentences, but the modal verb that means "want".

auxiliary --> What would you do if you won a million dollars? (conditional)
modal --> Would you come to my birthday party?  (very polite invitation)

But it is ver common to use this modal verb in the phrase WOULD YOU LIKE TO...?

- Would you like to come to my party tonight?
- Ok

USING OTHER VERBS

We can also use other constructions to make invitations, for example:

- Do you want to come to my party tonight?
- You can come to my party tonight, ok?
- Why don't you come to my party tonight?
- Please, come to my party tonight.
etc.

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