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    a humorous question

    Hi,

    1) I think the following sentence is a natural way to ask this question when you're surprised, isn't it?
    "When was the last time you took a shower?"

    2) But what if we use this form? Can we say it's a humorous way of asking the question above and shows more surprise? Actually I'm looking for a humorous way to say that.
    "How long haven't you been to the bathroom?"

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    Re: a humorous question

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    1) I think the following sentence is a natural way to ask this question when you're surprised, isn't it?
    "When was the last time you took a shower?"
    You don't have to be surprised to ask that question.
    2) But what if we use this form? Can we say it's a humorous way of asking the question above and shows more surprise? Actually I'm looking for a humorous way to say that.
    "How long haven't you been to the bathroom?"
    I think that most Anericans would take this to be asking when someone had last emptied their bladder. Even then it would be more natural as "How long is it since you last went to the bathroom?"

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    Re: a humorous question

    I agree with 5jj. Even a non-American these days would not necessarily associate "going to the bathroom" with having a shower. "Going to the bathroom" means "going to the toilet" in most cases. Use "have a bath/shower" if that's what you mean.
    I can't think of a humorous way to tell a person that they smell. Any suggestion would take a lot of understanding of the context.

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    Re: a humorous question

    Thanks.
    I said "surprised", because usually everybody takes a shower every other day. And If somebody smells bad and their hair is too greasy, I think you can be surprised.
    I know I used the inappropriate word "bathroom", and it usually refers to something else. In fact I wanted to mean "shower".
    So can we conclude "How long is it since you last took a shower?" can be a humorous way to ask this question? (I think with a suitable intonation, we can help this question to be understood the way we want.)
    Another question, can we put this question in present perfect or is the best way is the question above?

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    Re: a humorous question

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Thanks.
    I said "surprised", because usually everybody takes a shower every other day.
    Wow, that's a gross generalisation! There are innumerable factors that determine how often a person needs to, and actually does, take a shower.

    And If somebody smells bad and their hair is too greasy, I think you can be surprised.
    I know I used the inappropriate word "bathroom", and it usually refers to something else. In fact I wanted to mean "shower".

    So can we conclude "How long is it since you last took a shower?" can be a humorous way to ask this question?
    We can't conclude that from any of the responses you've got here.

    (I think with a suitable intonation, we can help this question to be understood the way we want.)Another question, can we put this question in present perfect or is the best way is the question above?
    It depends on where you want to put the present perfect.
    "How long has it been since you last took a shower?" is OK.
    "How long is it since you've last taken a shower?" is unnatural.

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    Re: a humorous question

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    I said "surprised", because usually everybody takes a shower every other day.
    I very much doubt that.
    And If somebody smells bad and their hair is too greasy, I think you can be surprised.
    I am afraid I encounter too many people like that to be surprised

    So can we conclude "How long is it since you last took a shower?" can be a humorous way to ask this question?
    No, you can't.

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    Re: a humorous question

    If you know someone VERY well and you know they won't be insulted, you could try "Have you developed a sudden allergy to showering?" or something similar. There is nothing amusing about "How long is it since you had a shower?" and if you don't know someone extremely well, just don't ask them this type of question at all. It's very rude.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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