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    Default I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your cellphone to him.

    Hi teachers,

    1) I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your cellphone to him. Correct?

    2) It seemed it was going to rain because there were many/a lot of clouds in the sky.

    3) The plane was flying in the clouds. Correct?

    4) Do not touch electricity tower/post or you will get an electric shock. Correct?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your cellphone to him.

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem PTC View Post
    Hi teachers,

    1) I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your cellphone to him. Correct?

    2) It seemed it was going to rain because there were many/a lot of clouds in the sky.

    3) The plane was flying in the clouds. Correct?

    4) Do not touch the electricity tower/post or you will get an electric shock. Correct?

    Many thanks in advance.
    They are fine with the small addition to #4.

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    Default Re: I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your cellphone to him.

    [QUOTE=Naeem PTC;839319]



    3) The plane was flying in the clouds. Correct?

    NOT A TEACHER


    May I most respectfully suggest:

    The airplane was flying through the clouds.

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    Default Re: I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your cellphone to him.

    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem PTC View Post
    Hi teachers,

    1) I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your mobile 'phone to him. Correct?

    2) It seemed it was going to rain because there were many/a lot/lots of clouds in the sky.

    3) The plane was flying in the clouds. Correct?

    4) Do not touch electricity tower/post or you will get an electric shock. Correct?

    Many thanks in advance.
    I agree with the previous posters - I've just added a couple of things which you'll see in BrE.

    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Default Re: I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your cellphone to him.

    I'd be more likely to say 'pass' than 'hand' in #1, but 'hand' is fine.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your cellphone to him.

    There is no reason to use an apostrophe before phone. Perhaps that was done decades ago, we just write phone, not 'phone.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your cellphone to him.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I'd be more likely to say 'pass' than 'hand' in #1, but 'hand' is fine.
    I would use either "pass" or "give" but, as you say, "hand" is fine.

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    Default Re: I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your cellphone to him.

    While #1 is correct, does no one else find it impolite? Even though the speaker may be talking to a child, it seems to me somewhat curt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    While #1 is correct, does no one else find it impolite? Even though the speaker may be talking to a child, it seems to me somewhat curt.
    It doesn't sound impolite to me. It contains all the relevant information and the word "please". Is it the "I want to ..." part that you find curt?

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    Default Re: I want to talk to your dad. Please hand your cellphone to him.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It doesn't sound impolite to me. It contains all the relevant information and the word "please". Is it the "I want to ..." part that you find curt?
    Yes, as well as the wording of the directive. How about "I'd like to talk to your dad. Would you please give him your phone?"

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