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    Can you say this when talking about a tattoo: Can you make the piece darker to match

    Can you say this when talking about a tattoo:

    Can you make the piece darker to match the black tattoos I have got already.

    Heard this from a guy in the tattoo parlor.

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    Re: Can you say this when talking about a tattoo: Can you make the piece darker to m

    I expect the tattooist understood his meaning clearly enough.

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    Re: Can you say this when talking about a tattoo: Can you make the piece darker to m

    Shouldn't it be:

    Can you make the piece darker to match the black tattoos I have already got.

    Or

    Can you make the piece darker to match the black tattoos I have already.

    Are these okay as well?

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    Re: Can you say this when talking about a tattoo: Can you make the piece darker to m

    All three questions (please edit your posts to add question marks) make the customer's requirement clear to the tattooist — which is all that matters.

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    Re: Can you say this when talking about a tattoo: Can you make the piece darker to m

    Shouldn't it be:

    Can you make the piece darker to match the black tattoos I have already got?

    Or

    Can you make the piece darker to match the black tattoos I have already?

    Yes, but my question is would a native speaker use any of the three?

    The guy was clearly an American yet, he didn't speak like a native speaker.

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