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    Could you explain to me these senteces?

    Do they have a different meaning or can I use them in the same context?

    1) Do I make myself clear?

    2) Have I been quite clear?

    3) Did I make myself clear?

    4) Was I clear?

    If you could make some examples where to use these sentences, it'd be better. Thank you very much.


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    Re: Could you explain to me these senteces?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Do they have a different meaning or can I use them in the same context?

    1) Do I make myself clear?

    2) Have I been quite clear?

    3) Did I make myself clear?

    4) Was I clear?

    If you could make some examples where to use these sentences, it'd be better. Thank you very much.

    I think that sentences have quite the same meaning. You just use it in different times and add the phrase make myself clear.
    There are some of examples:

    make something clear to express something in such a way that it is unambiguous and easily understood He made it quite clear that he wasn't interested.


    is that clear?/do I make myself clear?
    used for emphasizing your authority over someone, when you are telling them to do somethingYou are not to see him again! Is that clear? or Was I clear enough?!!

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    Re: Could you explain to me these senteces?

    Quote Originally Posted by 8Julieth8 View Post
    I think that sentences have quite the same meaning. You just use it in different times and add the phrase make myself clear.
    There are some of examples:

    make something clear to express something in such a way that it is unambiguous and easily understood He made it quite clear that he wasn't interested.


    is that clear?/do I make myself clear?
    used for emphasizing your authority over someone, when you are telling them to do somethingYou are not to see him again! Is that clear? or Was I clear enough?!!

    But are there any differences between "Have I been clear enough?" and Was I clear enough?"


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    Re: Could you explain to me these senteces?

    1) Do I make myself clear?
    Checking if his/her message has been understood perfectly . Very strong

    2) Have I been quite clear?
    Very weak way of asking if others understood.

    3) Did I make myself clear?
    think you meant Do, instead of did

    4) Was I clear?
    Very weak way of asking if others understood.


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    Re: Could you explain to me these senteces?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    But are there any differences between "Have I been clear enough?" and Was I clear enough?"
    Yes, the difference is in times.
    Have I been clear enough? - Present perfect. when you say that, the time and event in the past isn't important when it happened.

    Was I clear enough (yesterday)? - Past tense. The time and the reason, why you said that is important and we exactly know, when you told that and why.

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    Re: Could you explain to me these senteces?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Do they have a different meaning or can I use them in the same context?

    1) Do I make myself clear?

    2) Have I been quite clear?

    3) Did I make myself clear?

    4) Was I clear?

    If you could make some examples where to use these sentences, it'd be better. Thank you very much.
    You need to be aware that:
    Do I make myself clear? and
    Did I make myself clear? and
    Have I made myself clear? are used in a particular situation. The person knows quite well that they have been clear. It is a warning.

    Mother to child: I you do that once more, you are going to bed without dinner. Do I make myself clear?
    Cop: If I catch you in this neighbourhood again, I'm hauling you and your drug-dealing mates to the watch house. Am I making myself clear, punk?

    You can say: Was I clear?, Was I understandable? Do you understand me? ...

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    Re: Can you explain these sentences to me?

    Is that clear to you now?


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