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

Excuse me, can you take a picture of us?


Excuse me, can you picture us?

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  • Just smile and gesture with the camera. – Hot Licks Apr 4 '16 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? – Alan Carmack Apr 5 '16 at 3:44

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 Apr 4 '16 at 20:08

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?"

  • Would you (please) take us a picture? is not at all idiomatic English. – Alan Carmack Apr 5 '16 at 3:30

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