How to express asking for clarification? Observe the following dialogue!
Riza looks sad. Vera comes closer to ask her.
Vera: What's up, Riza?
Riza: I've lost my mobile phone.
Riza: Yea, I've checked my bag. But it's none there.
Vera: Are you sure that you brought it?
Riza: Of course I am.
Vera: How if we tell our teacher.
Riza: No, I'm afraid. The school doesn't allow anybody to bring mobile phone, does it?
Vera: Owh.. So...
Riza: That's ok. It's my fault.
Vera said "Really?" and "Are you sure?" in the dialogue means that she wanted to ask for clarification what Riza said. On the other words, Vera didn't believe a little what Riza told.
If you want to express asking for clarification to somebody, you may use the following expression:
- Are you sure?
- Are you positive?
- Is that right?
To give clarification you may say:
- Of course
- That's right
Writer/Editor: Fadli Eha