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    Exclamation Do you say "Are you clear" when you wanna say do you understand?

    English natives,

    Do you say "Are you clear" when you wanna ask, like "Do you understand?" or "Do you have any more questions?" "Is that clear?" "Did I say that clearly?"

    I just wanna know when I wanna ask those questions above, can I say "are you clear?" Is this sentence native enough?

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    Re: Do you say "Are you clear" when you wanna say do you understand?

    Quote Originally Posted by wsytzw View Post
    English natives,

    Do you say "Are you clear" when you wanna ask, like "Do you understand?" or "Do you have any more questions?" "Is that clear?" "Did I say that clearly?"

    I just wanna know when I wanna ask those questions above, can I say "are you clear?" Is this sentence native enough?

    Expecting answers from NATIVE speakers! Thank you ~~
    Not really. I suppose you might get away with "Are you clear?" -- especially if it were supported by more: "Are you clear on that topic now?"

    By far, "Is that clear?" is preferable.

    I've never said, "Are you clear?"

    "Are you clear?" may have a better use (but not "Do you understand?") If a person is setting off dynamite, he might want to know if the other person is "clear" -- out of danger, out of the way.

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    Re: Do you say "Are you clear" when you wanna say do you understand?

    I vaguely remember coming across an interrogative sentence with "cool" in it, which is also a sentence used to ask the listener "Do you understand."

    Could you please shed some light?


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    Re: Do you say "Are you clear" when you wanna say do you understand?

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    I vaguely remember coming across an interrogative sentence with "cool" in it, which is also a sentence used to ask the listener "Do you understand."

    Could you please shed some light?

    > "Are you cool with that?"
    This means "Are you okay with that?" -- so it could mean "Do you understand?"
    Perhaps it more often means, "Do you feel all right about that?"

    > "Do you dig it?" or "Can you dig it?" might be used to mean "Do you understand?"
    but it more often means "Do you enjoy it?"

    > "Can you get with it?" might mean "Do you understand?" but it probably usually means "Do you agree?"
    It's probably a shortened form of "Can you get with the program?"

    > "Are you down with it?" might mean "Do you understand?"
    but it probably means something closer to "Do you go along with this?"

    But the geometry teacher might easily say, "Okay, that's the 411 on the Pythagorean Theorem.
    Are you down with this stuff? Do you all dig it? Is everyone cool with this so far?"

    These are all terms inquiring after the emotional well-being of the other person.

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    Re: Do you say "Are you clear" when you wanna say do you understand?

    Thank you for your swift reply!
    And the content is of great use to me!


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    Re: Do you say "Are you clear" when you wanna say do you understand?

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    Thank you for your swift reply!
    And the content is of great use to me!
    Glad to hear it.

    : )


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    Re: Do you say "Are you clear" when you wanna say do you understand?

    Here's an example of "Are you clear ...":

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    ▪ Are you clear on/about what you need to do? [=do you understand what you need to do?]

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