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2021.04.02 03:15

One thing about language that always confuses me is when someone

ask me a question. I noticed some cultures are very direct. Direct questions can actually be kind of impolite depending on how it is asked.

Did you know in English there are three types of questions in: direct, indirect, and question tags. Direct and indirect questions are used to ask for information you do not know, while question tags are generally used to clarify or confirm the information you think you know.

Examples of direct questions that can sound impolite :
🗣when does the bus leave !
🗣 how old are you ?

Now, to make these questions a little more polite add “excuse me” or “ I beg your pardon “
🗣 excuse me, when does the bus leave?
🗣 I beg your pardon, can I ask how old you are ?

See the difference ?

I’ll share more later 🤗
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  • new_starter 2021.04.02 03:23

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    May I know how do you think about this conquer-all, padding please at the end of every question?😜
  • HongYu 2021.04.02 03:23

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    indeed! My previous boss think me and the other Romania boy are the most stubborn ones in the team. Guess most of it come from the language itself. It do take a lot efforts to make “no” sounds nicely
  • Adelina 2021.04.02 03:25

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    good morning.my dear. thank you for you sharing.I t 's so practical .
  • Eric 2021.04.02 03:25

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    I beg your pardon, can I ask how old are you? 😔 😔😔😔 I fell you will punch me if I ask.
  • Mary Foodie 2021.04.02 03:27

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    It’s always impolite here to ask a female’s age 😂
  • Ali Akbar 2021.04.02 03:38

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    Hi, I want to learn English, can you help me
  • ... 2021.04.02 04:05

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    Hi Lucky. I beg your pardon, but don't you need to add "s" to the verb "ask" after someone?
  • Lucky 王乐乐 2021.04.02 04:25

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    @... I don’t think so, sounds a little weird if you do
  • Lucky 王乐乐 2021.04.02 04:50

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    @Eric I’m 40
  • Lucky 王乐乐 2021.04.02 04:51

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    @new_starter it’s not necessary if you over do it but it’s definitely polite and who doesn’t like a polite person lol
  • Lucky 王乐乐 2021.04.02 04:51

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    @Adelina welcome 🙏
  • Eric 2021.04.02 05:14

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    @Lucky 王乐乐 Sorry, I only for a joke, Never do that again😔
  • ... 2021.04.02 05:58

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    @Lucky 王乐乐 I thought it was an English rule 🤷🏻‍♀️
  • Lucky 王乐乐 2021.04.02 06:04

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    @... With verbs, only those with a third-person singular noun or pronoun (he, she, boat, courage) as a subject add an s to the end. Verbs with plural nouns and pronouns do not add s at the end. (The singular pronouns I and you likewise do not add an s to the verb.)
  • ... 2021.04.02 13:00

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    @Lucky 王乐乐 YES, but someone (who?) is always she or he...
  • Lucky 王乐乐 2021.04.02 14:23

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    @... I’m a little confused about what your trying to ask. “I beg yoiur pardon, can I ask how old you are ?” Is the sentences your referring to when adding an S at the end right ?
  • ... 2021.04.02 15:06

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    @Lucky 王乐乐 yes, you are right)
  • ... 2021.04.02 15:13

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    @Lucky 王乐乐 I used "I beg your pardon" as a light joke)

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