University English: the blog for ESL students

May 20, 2013

Clarifications with Question Words

Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 8:28 am

(also called “Checking information” and “Echo questions”)

First, say:

– Excuse me

– (I’m) Sorry

or

– Pardon (me)?

Then say something like:

– You did what?

– He went where?

– She’s coming when?

– He’s how old?

– We’ll meet who?

Who will meet us?

– I didn’t understand what you said.

– Did you say _____ ?

– What did you say?

– It’s how far?

– There are what kind of shops?

– It opens at what time?

or

– They cost how much?

Example

A: A new ***** is playing at the theater.

B: I’m sorry. A new what?

A: A new musical.

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2 Comments »

  1. […] * Clarifications with Question Words […]

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  2. […] During the conversation, Student B asks Student A a Clarification with a Question Word. […]

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