Phrase of the day

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25th March 2017

Allow me

We use this expression to offer someone help, especially something physical and practical.
Usage
Written: 
No
Spoken: 
Yes
Formal: 
No
Informal: 
Yes
Example 1
I can't open the door with all these bags I'm carrying.
Here, allow me. I'll open it for you.
Example 2
I need a glass of water. Can I get one from somewhere here?
Allow me - I was going to the kitchen anyway.