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    I don't want to be impolite to you

    Hello,
    I have made a dialogue but I can't make a sentence look natural.

    Student (Alex): "Sir, I think this sentence is grammatically incorrect. Because it makes no sense to me."

    Teacher: "Dear Alex, far from disrespect to you I think you don't understand it. It's correct and makes sense to me"
    Teacher: "Dear Alex, away from disrespect to you I think you don't understand it. It's correct and makes sense to me"
    Teacher: "Dear Alex, I don't want to disrespect you but I think you don't understand it. It's correct and makes sense to me"

    How do you say the blue part in a short form?

    Thank you

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    Re: I don't want to be impolite to you

    Quote Originally Posted by alex_genius_20 View Post
    Hello,
    I have made a dialogue but I can't make a sentence look natural.

    Student (Alex): "Sir, I think this sentence is grammatically incorrect. Because it makes no sense to me."

    Teacher: "Dear Alex, far from disrespect to you I think you don't understand it. It's correct and makes sense to me"
    Teacher: "Dear Alex, away from disrespect to you I think you don't understand it. It's correct and makes sense to me"
    Teacher: "Dear Alex, I don't want to disrespect you but I think you don't understand it. It's correct and makes sense to me"

    How do you say the blue part in a short form?

    Thank you
    "Alex, with respect, I don't think ..."

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    Re: I don't want to be impolite to you

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Alex, with respect, I don't think ..."
    Thanks for answering but "I don't think what?" I mean how will you say the rest of the sentence?

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    Re: I don't want to be impolite to you

    Quote Originally Posted by alex_genius_20 View Post
    Thanks for answering but "I don't think what?" I mean how will you say the rest of the sentence?
    "I don't think you understand it."

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    Re: I don't want to be impolite to you

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "I don't think you understand it."
    Sorry, I missed the word order. I wasn't meaning to correct it; I just wrote what was correct without noticing
    If you have come across the ellipsis, alex, that was a correct use of it. It just means I haven't bothered to write out the whole of the rest of your sentence. But bhai is right is pointing out that "I don't think you understand..." is better than "I think you don't understand..."

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    Re: I don't want to be impolite to you

    I hope the teacher is going to say something more useful than "I don't think you understand it. It's correct and it makes sense to me". That's not much help to the student!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I don't want to be impolite to you

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I hope the teacher is going to say something more useful than "I don't think you understand it. It's correct and it makes sense to me". That's not much help to the student!
    I agree. "I don't think you have understood it" followed by more explanation would be much better.

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    Re: I don't want to be impolite to you

    Then again, we don't have the teacher's version. And it's likely to be fictitious, since we have three versions of what he said (if we are assuming that this is a true anecdote.

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    Re: I don't want to be impolite to you

    Quote Originally Posted by alex_genius_20 View Post
    Thanks for answering but "I don't think what?" I mean how will you say the rest of the sentence?
    If you want a less direct version, you could say With all due respect, you may not have grasped the point/issue, etc...

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    Re: I don't want to be impolite to you

    "With all due respect" is a great phrase. You can use when you genuinely mean "With respect" and you can use it when you mean "I disagree with you completely, I think your opinion is worthless but for some reason, I just can't say that out loud"!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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