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I see this sentence in my book: It is very kind of you to offer to collect me from the station.

I can not understand the meaning of the phrase ‘to offer’.

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I could ask somebody the following question:

"May I collect you from the station?"

This is an offer on my part. I am volunteering my aid, offering to help them make their way from the station to wherever they need to go.

My offer can be accepted or refused:

"Yes, thank you. I would appreciate that."
"No, thank you. I already have transportation arranged."

In the sentence in question, the person is being told that they were kind to have asked about providing a ride from the station.


From Merriam-Webster's definition of offer:

2 a : to present for acceptance or rejection : TENDER
// was offered a job
3 a : PROPOSE, SUGGEST
// offer a solution to a problem
3 b : to declare one's readiness or willingness
// offered to help me

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  • In my sentence, if the ‘to offer’ were deleted, it can still express the meaning it now has. So, why added ‘to offer’ there?
    – Y. zeng
    Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 13:58
  • @Y.zeng Offering to do something is not the same thing as actually doing something. If you delete to offer, then you are describing something different Commented Apr 10, 2019 at 15:23

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