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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    #1

    "Go out"

    A policeman at a checkpoint asked me to show him my documents. When he checked them, he said, "Go out." I donít know if it is correct to say that. To me, I would say you can go. What would you say if you were in his position, please?


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    #2

    Re: "Go out"

    not a teacher

    Without knowing anything about the circumstances at the checkpoint, I would think that "Go through." might be more appropriate.

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    #3

    Re: "Go out"

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    not a teacher

    Without knowing anything about the circumstances at the checkpoint
    Sometimes the police set temporary checkpoints to arrest violators of traffic rules, troublemakers, or illegal expats, for examples. These checkpoints are mobile. Thanks.


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    #4

    Re: "Go out"

    Was the policeman not a native English speaker? Why did he choose to speak to you in English, I wonder. I would expect him to say something like:
    Go through.
    Go ahead.
    Carry on.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: "Go out"

    ems asks an excellent question OD. Given your profile and your avatar, why on earth would the Saudi police address you in English?

    I have thought for some time that you are not who you purport to be.

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    #6

    Re: "Go out"

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    why on earth would the Saudi police address you in English?
    It is the dominant Arabish that has become a source of pride among Arabs.

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