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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

  • 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 Apr 10 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 – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Apr 10 at 15:23

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