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    does one

    Is it OK to ask a general question like "How does one get to the city?" if you want to know how to get there?
    How about this one. You want to ask how to get a driver's license "How does one get a driver's license?".

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    Re: does one

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is it OK to ask a general question like "How does one get to the city?" if you want to know how to get there?

    How about this one. You want to ask how to get a driver's license "How does one get a driver's license?".
    Yes, it's English, but "How do you ...?" is used more often than "How does one ...?" They carry the same meaning.

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    Re: does one

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    Yes, it's English, but "How do you ...?" is used more often than "How does one ...?" They carry the same meaning.
    I would sound formal, wouldn't it?

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    Re: does one

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I would sound formal, wouldn't it?
    Yes, you've got it. It separates the speaker from the act (of getting to the city; getting a driver's license). In other words, "How do people (in general) ...?"

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    #5

    Re: does one

    Using "one" sounds formal to the point of possible confusion. I believe it was a common way of speaking in the past, but it sounds quite old-fashioned now. Many people these days would have no idea what you were trying to say. As a clever man said, "If you use "one" like that, it sounds like you are too proper to have sex."

    Try:

    "How can I/do I/ do you/do people get to the city..."

    Warning: the phrase "the city" can mean different things in different countries and different areas in each country.


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    email

    How can I write formal email that include thankful words to my members?

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    Re: email

    Quote Originally Posted by workhard View Post
    How can I write formal email that include thankful words to my members?
    Wrong thread buddy! Create a new one.

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