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Getting to the point can be dangerous!

I’ve just seen this cartoon and I think it is a very good example of two different ways in which you can say the same in English: using the minimum number of words possible or expressing the same idea in a less direct but more polite form – an extremely and unnecessarily polite way in these circumstances, though!

However, in normal conditions you may use an indirect question to sound more formal and polite, which is highly recommended when you are speaking to strangers.

Here you have some links to help you understand “indirect questions”

Asking polite questions

Indirect questions

Indirect questions quizzes: quiz 1     quiz 2

November 8, 2012 - Posted by | 1st ADV, GRAMMAR, Speaking

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