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    Smile How to ask questions to a teacher

    Hi all,
    Students may encounter many problems while reading , doing homework or even, while watching their favorite shows . There are many ways to ask questions.
    Are these sentences fine or natural?

    I got a problem , sir or madam.
    I don't understand why the the term seems too difficult to me ?
    Please ,help me about that.
    Hi Mr. Aj, Is it possible to...........................................?

    By the way, I have not enough experience to ask questions to a teacher in English.
    Would you please suggest some examples....
    Hope all's suggestions

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    Default Re: How to ask questions to a teacher

    If you are asking a teacher to help you with a question about English on a one-to-one basis (that is, you are not raising your hand in class during a particular discussion to ask a question), you really don't have to be too specific with your initial remarks. Questions like "May I ask you a question? I'm having difficulty understanding _________________" or "Can you help me with something? I don't know what _______________ means" or "Mr. (Teacher's name)? Do you have a minute? I'm having trouble with ______________" all sound like natural conversation to a native speaker. But please never hesitate to ask your teacher a question, whether or not you are concerned about phrasing it "properly" - the teacher is more than eager to help you!

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    Default Re: How to ask questions to a teacher

    Wonderful post, Ouisch!

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    Default Re: How to ask questions to a teacher

    [QUOTE=sumon.;831235] to ask questions to a teacher


    NOT A TEACHER


    If you want to really impress your teacher, you might say:


    Excuse me, Mr. ____. May I please ask a question of you?

    (For those persons who are trying to speak "perfect" English, one should

    ask a question/ favor of someone, not "to" someone.)

    ***

    As the moderator showed us, in regular conversation, we just say "May/can I ask

    you a question?" If you are speaking with a "superior," however, I would recommend

    the more formal and respectful way with "of."
    Last edited by TheParser; 09-Dec-2011 at 23:33.

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    Default Re: How to ask questions to a teacher

    In my view
    you should not hesitate to ask any problem specially from your teacher.You may simply say, May I please.ask.... A teacher is meant to solve your doubt ,he will not be impressed the way you ask but he will appreciate you that how important your problem is ..

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    Default Re: How to ask questions to a teacher

    In the average teaching situation there is no time for every question to be prefaced by 'Excuse me, professor, but I wonder if I may be allowed to please ask a question of you'.

    The teacher is likely to say 'Life's too short for all that. Just ask your question and get on with it.'

    Rover

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