Friday, June 4, 2010

In English - How to ASK SOMEONE TO SAY SOMETHING AGAIN - Example

ASKING SOMEONE TO SAY SOMETHING AGAIN AND ASKING FOR HELP

‘I beg your pardon’.
Have you heard people using this sentence in conversation?
When do they use it?

LET’S ROLE PLAY
1. Father and Son
Son : I’m sorry to bother you, I need a help daddy.
Father : What help?
Son : I want ss…some…mm money.
Father : What was that?
Son : I said I want some money.
Father : Money? What for?
Son : I’ve lost my friend’s cell phone Daddy.
Father : Your friend’s cell phone? How did it happen?
Son : It was in my shirt pocket, Daddy. While travelling in a crowded bus, some thief picked it from my  pocket. I have to buy a new one and give it to him.
Father : You’re always careless. How much does it cost?
Son : Only Rs.3000 /-
Father : Go and get it from your mom.
Son : Thank you, Daddy.

2. A Telephone conversation

A: Hello, could I speak to Mr. Raveendran?
B: I’m sorry, would you mind repeating the name, please?
A: I said Raveendran.
B: Oh Raveendran. I’m afraid he is away at the moment.
A: I’d be grateful if you could pass on a message to him. I’m
Livia. The book he wants is in my office with my personal
secretary.
B: I’ve noted down the message. I’ll pass it on to him as soon as
he arrives.
A: Thanks a lot.
B: Welcome.

A. Asking someone to say something again
We ask someone to repeat when we can’t hear what the person says.The expressions are given below:

Informal : What was that?
Sorry.
What did you say?
Sorry I didn’t hear you.

Neutral : I’m sorry, what did you say?
I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear what you said.
Pardon?

Formal : I beg your pardon.
I’m sorry, would you mind repeating the word (please)?
I’m sorry, could I ask you to repeat the word / sentence (please)?

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