5 ways to ask for clarification

5 Ways to Ask for Clarification

1. Pardon?
(if you didn't hear or understand what the person said)
2. Would you mind repeating that?
3. What do you mean?
(asking for more information)
4. I'm not sure I follow you.
(= I don't understand)
5. Could you explain... ?
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    Question
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    I worked you worked he/she/it worked, etc
    did I work? did you work? did he/she/it work? etc
    I did not work you did not work he/she/it did not work, etc
  • Meanings
    We use the simple past tense to talk about many kinds of past events: short, quickly finished actions and happenings, longer situations, and repeated events.
    Peter broke a window last night.
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    I spent all my childhood in Scotland.
    past-1 Scotland l--? future
    t- N0W
    Regularly every summer, Janet fell in love.
    We use the simple past in 'narrative' when we tell stories, and when we tell people about past events.
    Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess who lived with her father. One day the king decided . . .
    I saw John this morning. He told me .. .
    (NOT I have seen John this morning. He has told me . . .)
    A simple rule: use the simple past tense if you do not have a good reason for using one of the other past or perfect tenses.
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