Lesson 21 How to appreciate
“Appreciate” is a good word to use to be polite but a hard word to use correctly, as Takeo finds out.
Takeo: I would appreciate your help with this report.
Bill: What? Again? But I just helped you finish it!
Why is Bill annoyed? Well, “would appreciate your help” means “please give me your help.” But Bill just helped Takeo, so Takeo should say, “I appreciate your help,” which means “thank you for your help.” Putting “would” before “appreciate” changes the meaning from “thank you” to “please give me.” Remember that we would appreciate help before we get it and appreciate help after we get it.