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Hi everyone thanks for clicking. Im Niharika and in todays lesson, we are gonna look

at some expressions to ask someone to wait. Now when do you do that? You know at times

we are busy with something and we are unable to attend a person at that very moment, so

you end up asking that person to wait. So do you end up saying wait or be patient? No,

you dont do that, now in English we do have some phrases to ask someone to wait,

so thats what we are gonna learn today. So lets get started.

The very first phrase that we have for you is, hang on a moment or hold on. Now both of these expressions

are informal expressions. But then they sound pretty polite, so its okay to use in a

formal situation as well. So if someone calls you and youre busy, so you ask him to wait

by saying, hang on a moment or hold on. You can do that over the phone and as well as

in person. So if you are able to get back in couple of seconds or in few minutes or

in a short period, then use the phrase that hang on a moment or hold on. Lets have

a look at second phrase here; Ill be right with you. Now this expression is just perfect,

if you belong to a customer service industry. For example, a customer is here to wait, is

here to meet you and you want him to wait. Maybe youre doing something and youll

be only able to attend this person in few minutes, so youre not gonna again say be

patient or wait. No, youre gonna say, Ill be right with you, so this is a very polite

expression and its just perfect, if you are into customer service. So you just wanna

get done with the work that you are doing and attend this customer on immediate basis.

So use the phrase, Ill be right with you. And also make sure to use the right tone,

you cannot say Ill be right with you. Now thats wrong, youre gonna say, Ill

be right with you, youre gonna be nice and polite. Another one is bear with me. Now again

this expression can be used over the telephone and as well as in person. Now bear with me

is probably a perfect expression to be used, when you are really busy and its taking

long for you to get back. So its not for short period that, youre asking that person

to wait. Hang on a moment or hold on is perfect, if you are gonna get back to that person in

just a short period, but when you say bear with me. It means that you are gonna take

a little longer. So youre gonna take a longer time, so you would say bear with me.

So the actual meaning or the literal meaning of this phrase is like, be patient. Like I

said, you cannot end up telling someone or asking someone to be patient. A better phrase

to use is bear with me. So it actually means to be patient. Lets have a look at another

one, let me see. Now when do you use this phrase? Let me see, someone comes up to you

and asks you a question. Now when you end up saying, Ahhh, let me see. It means that

youre buying time to think. So youre not directly asking that person to wait, but

youre actually buying time to think. So for example, a person comes to you and asks

you that, hey do you have any messages for me and probably yes, you have some messages

for this person, but you just cant remember, so youll say, Ahh let me see and then you

go tell him that yes there are couple of messages for you. So let me see or can be used, when

you are buying time to think and make sure that when you use this expression within couple

of seconds or within couple of minutes, you end up saying what you have to, you cant

just take forever. It has to be done quick. Another expression that I have for you is,

all in good time. Now when do you use this expression? Now when you want enough time

to do something or finish your work or to finish up with something. Like for example,

your daughter comes in and says, Hey mom Im starving, is the dinner ready yet? Mom says,

all in good time. So all in good time, it means that you need enough time to cook something

really nice for your daughter. So thats how you would use this expression. Another

example, your boss gives you a project to work on and he says, well when are you gonna

finish this? So you would end up saying, all in good time. So this means that you need

enough time to do a good job on this project. So youre buying enough time from that person

to do something better. So go ahead and use this expression as an when required. So these

are couple of expressions that would help you to ask someone to wait. Now when the person

is done waiting, what do you say? Well, here are some expressions. The first one, I apologize

for the delay. So maybe you were in a meeting and someone else was waiting outside for you,

yes maybe your secretary said, hell be right with you, but it took a little longer

for you to attend that person. So you are gonna apologize and how do you do that? Youre

gonna say, I apologize for the delay. Another one, Thank you so much for waiting, now here

you appreciate that persons time, that person waited for you, till the time you finished

your work. So youre gonna thank him to do so, the expression that you will end up

using is, Thank you so much for waiting. And then the last expression that I have for you

is again, Apologizing, so how do you do that, sorry to keep you waiting. This expression

can be used, when that person has been waiting for you for a real long time. So either you

can say, thank you so much for waiting. It means that you appreciate his time and then

you can say by apologizing, sorry to keep you waiting. So please do that, this really

shows your manners. So its not just that youre asking that person to wait, but when

that person really waits, appreciate their time. So these are the expressions that you

can end up using in your daily situations. So lets just quickly revise them, when

you want someone to wait, youre gonna say, hang on a moment or hold on or you can say

Ill be right with you or you can say, bear with me. Another one hmmm let me see and then

the last one is, all in good time. So these are the expressions, when you want someone

to wait and then the other three expressions are, Thanking and Apologizing, because that

person really waited for you. So I apologize for the delay. Thank you so much for waiting

and then the last one that I have for you is, Sorry to keep you waiting. So hope these

expressions are really helpful to you and Ill be back with a new lesson. Till then

you take care.

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