Learn English – What’s the most neutral reply to “Can you do me a favor?”


While the answer to my question may be considered highly subjective, I can't help but feel like there's an extremely neutral way to reply to the phrase I'm inspecting.

The question normally frustrates me because I see it as a trap: if I reply, "Sure!" or "Absolutely," I'll end up committing myself to something without knowing what it is. On the other hand, if I decline, I'd be refusing exposure to something that may be beneficial — plus, the one asking may see me as close-minded (not that it matters).

So I'm looking for a reply that falls between an absolute decline and absolute blind acceptance.

Best Answer

What about just "perhaps"? (Padding here.)