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    #1

    how do you say?

    Brazilian students, whenever they donīt know how to say a word in English, ask How do you say blahblahblah in English?. Is it right? Is it the most or one of the most common ways to ask this question? Is there a more common way?

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    Re: how do you say?

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Brazilian students, whenever they donīt know how to say a word in English, ask How do you say blahblahblah in English?. Is it right? Is it the most or one of the most common ways to ask this question? Is there a more common way?
    That is the perfect question!


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    Re: how do you say?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That is the perfect question!
    What about " how can I say?" Is this also acceptable ?

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    Re: how do you say?

    Quote Originally Posted by rehderri View Post
    What about " how can I say?" Is this also acceptable ?
    Well, there's nothing wrong with it, but they shouldn't really be asking simply how they can say it. It's best to find out how it should be said correctly, which is why "How do you say......?" is more appropriate.

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    #5

    Re: how do you say?

    how do you say - how do you normally say/what is the usual way of saying it
    how can I say - how am I able to say (can = able to)

    not a teacher

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