Rabu, 11 Mei 2011

How To Express Asking For and Giving Clarification

How to express asking for clarification? Observe the following dialogue!

Dialogue
Riza looks sad. Vera comes closer to ask her.
Vera: What's up, Riza?
Riza: I've lost my mobile phone.
Vera: Really?
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?
  • Really?
  • What?
  • Are you positive?
  • Is that right?

To give clarification you may say:
  • Absolutely
  • Sure
  • Of course
  • Definetely
  • That's right
  • Yes

Writer/Editor: Fadli Eha



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