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    you know.... you know

    Is it common to include "you know" few times during conversation when talking in English? What does it mean when the person said "you know".

    Sometimes I see interviews, the person said

    ... ... ... ... you know ... ... ... ... ... you know ... ...

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    Re: you know.... you know

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    Is it common to include "you know" few times during conversation when talking in English? What does it mean when the person said "you know".

    Sometimes I see interviews, the person said

    ... ... ... ... you know ... ... ... ... ... you know ... ...
    I doesn't really have a meaning. It is a discourse marker.

    See here: discourse marker - definition and examples of discourse markers in English

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    Re: you know.... you know

    Is it good or bad to use discourse marker?

    What do you feel when the conversation there is discourse marker?

    I am not a native English speaker, whenever I speak I do not have the "you know"... I guess discourse marker only happens to someone who is very good in English?

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    Re: you know.... you know

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    Is it good or bad to use discourse marker?

    What do you feel when the conversation there is discourse marker?

    I am not a native English speaker, whenever I speak I do not have the "you know"... I guess discourse marker only happens to someone who is very good in English?
    Discourse markers are only OK in informal conversation. Even then they are like salt -- to be used sparingly. The most irritating one for me is "like".

    Like I was walking down the street and I like run into Mary. And she is like "Hi", and I am like "Hello to you". Then she like invites me for coffee, and I am like all over that. Continue ad nauseam.

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    Re: you know.... you know

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    Is it good or bad to use discourse markers?
    It's bad when the listener starts to notice that the speaker is using 'you know' or 'like' excessively.

    Rover

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