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    Question What should I say in this situation?

    Hi All,
    I'm a long time lurker, and this is my first post here. I can keep this post short, but I'll try to write as much as I can. I would appreciate your comments regarding my main question and, also, regarding my writing.

    Today, I was in a situation where I didn't know how to express what I need properly. The story started at morning when I took my car to a mechanics to fix some problems. I left the car there and went back to school. Half an hour later, I remembered that the front headlight is burned out and requires a replacement. I called the mechanics by phone and I couldn't say a word! I tried to say something a long the line of: "Hi, I left my car with you half an hour ago and I just remembered that there's something else needs to be fixed. Can you please fix the left-front headlight for me?". But, while on the phone, my mind was in a deep thinking of whether it's right to say " left my car with you" or not.

    My question: Is " left my car with you" the right way to express the meaning the I implied? What other ways to say the same thing? Imagine yourself in the same situation, what would you say and how would you manage the conversation?

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    Re: What should I say in this situation?

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    Hello,

    I think that "I left my car with you" is fine.

    I think that you could also say, "I dropped my car off at your shop a half hour ago."


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    Re: What should I say in this situation?

    Mechanics are more likely to know the car than the person. You could say you left the car, or that they have your car or that you brought your car in.

    "Hi, this is Joe Doe, you have my Toyota Camry."
    Last edited by SoothingDave; 17-Sep-2012 at 15:06.

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    Re: What should I say in this situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Hi, this is Joe Doe, you have my Toyota Camry."
    That's funny; I had always heard "John Doe", never "Joe Doe". I'm not saying it's not used (there's actually no way I could know that: I live in Spain and have never been over to the States... yet: I just say I find it curious)
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: What should I say in this situation?

    I started with Joe Blow, then decided to use Doe, but didn't feel like erasing "Joe." That's all.

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    Re: What should I say in this situation?

    As you've seen, there are many ways to say it. This would probably be mine:

    Hi. It's John Doe here. I brought my Ford Fiesta in this morning to be repaired. Could you have a look at the lefthand headlight too please?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What should I say in this situation?

    Another note: I would refer to "driver's side" or "passenger's side." "Left" or "right" depends on which way you're looking at the car.

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    Re: What should I say in this situation?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Another note: I would refer to "driver's side" or "passenger's side." "Left" or "right" depends on which way you're looking at the car.
    Good point! And, courtesy of my aunt and my dad, "nearside" or "offside". I never refer to them as those because, try as I might, I can't remember which one is which at short notice!

    For info, "nearside" is the passenger side (nearest the kerb) and "offside" is the driver's side (away from the kerb).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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