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What is the correct way to ask someone to take a photograph for us

Excuse me, can you take a picture of us?

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Excuse me, can you picture us?

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    Just smile and gesture with the camera.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 20:15
  • Where? When? In what context? How many people is "us"? In an English-speaking country? At a theme park or tourist attraction or at a restaurant or just on the street somewhere? On the bus? Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 3:44

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You probably want the first one: "Excuse me, can you take a picture of us?". This asks somebody to take a photograph of you.

The second, "Excuse me, can you picture us?", is a valid sentence, but means something entirely different. It asks somebody if they can "picture" you in their mind, or "imagine" you. It's not a very common sentence, but it does make sense.

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    You may find they respond better if you say please at the end, or Excuse me, please would you mind taking a picture of us?
    – WS2
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 20:08
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I agree with Karnivaurus. "Excuse me, can you take a picture of us?" sounds more direct.

"Can you take us a picture?" is another alternative sentence.

To make it more polite as WS2 has pointed out, I usually use "would you please" at the beginning of the sentence. For example, "Would you please take us a picture?"

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    Would you (please) take us a picture? is not at all idiomatic English. Commented Apr 5, 2016 at 3:30
  • "Can you take us a picture?" is not an alternative at all it is completely wrong. the person would understand as you were waving a camera.
    – WendyG
    Commented Jan 15, 2020 at 10:40

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