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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    "grammatically correct or not"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Can you repeat this again? Because you speak very fast" is incorrect English. The second part is a fragment, not a complete sentence. You will hear "Please repeat that again?" from a lot of native speakers, grammatically correct or not.
    I would say that it is incorrect to say repeat this again. We can't use repeat then again in the same sentence, can you? However, will you please explain the underlined part? Thanks, ems.


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    Re: "grammatically correct or not"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    I would say that it is incorrect to say repeat this again. We can't use repeat then again in the same sentence, can you? However, will you please explain the underlined part? Thanks, ems.

    You can repeat it again if you've already repeated it once, but not if you've only said it once.

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    Re: "grammatically correct or not"

    If you don't catch what someone says the first time, you can say 'Can you repeat that?' ('Will you say it again?')

    If you don't catch it the second time you will hear native speakers say 'Can you repeat that again?' This is a shorter way of saying 'Can you say that for a third time?'

    We don't care whether it's grammatically correct or not.

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