Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Ferdie11's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Tagalog
      • Home Country:
      • Philippines
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 330
    #1

    Let me talk to the person in charge.

    Hello teachers,

    Is the sentence below complete/correct?

    Let me talk to the person in charge.


    Many thanks.
    Last edited by Ferdie11; 02-Jan-2011 at 21:44.

  2. opa6x57's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 139
    #2

    Re: Let me talk to the person in charge.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hello teachers,

    Is the sentence below complete/correct?

    Let me talk to the person in charge.


    Many thanks.
    =============================
    Not a teacher, 53-year-old American.
    =============================

    I don't see anything wrong with it.

    If I were actually wanting to use this sentence, I would probably say "speak" instead of "talk" ... "Let me speak to the person in charge."

    However, that is simply my preference - and either would be correct, in my opinion.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Mar 2010
    • Posts: 17
    #3

    Re: Let me talk to the person in charge.

    I am not a teacher.

    I do not believe there is anything wrong with that sentence.

    I would agree with opa6x57 when they say they would tend to use "speak" rather than "talk", as I believe this sounds better. That is not to say your example is incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 6,332
    #4

    Re: Let me talk to the person in charge.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hello teachers,

    Is the sentence below complete/correct?

    Let me talk to the person in charge.


    Many thanks.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****
    ************************


    Ferdie,

    I agree with Opa and David that your sentence is "good"

    English and that it might be a good idea to use "speak."

    I think, however, that if you came to the United States and spoke

    that way to someone, it might sound confrontational.

    I would preface my remarks with "May I please."

    I also would not use "person in charge." That seems to imply that

    the person to whom you are talking is a nobody. (Of course, she

    or he may actually be a nobody, but a person should be very careful

    in dealing with people like that. Nobody wants to be reminded that

    she or he is a nobody.)

    So I would prefer something like:

    Would it be possible to speak with a manager/ supervisor?

    May I please speak with a ....

    And, of course, when you say that!


    THANK YOU

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,492
    #5

    Re: Let me talk to the person in charge.

    Compliments on an excellent answer, Parser!

    Politeness costs nothing, Ferdie.

    Rover

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-Jan-2011, 00:46
  2. charge on vs gharge to vs charge onto
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-Oct-2010, 10:10
  3. [General] talk your head off = talk to your heart's content
    By vil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 22-May-2010, 02:36
  4. Are you going to charge me extra charge ?
    By flytothesky in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-Jun-2009, 12:15
  5. did the job for free/free of charge/for free of charge
    By Tan Elaine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 16-Apr-2009, 17:57

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •