Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. Nasser H.

    Question question

    good morning teacher... I wanna ask you a question about pregmatics and how it influence our speech.Our professor in Saudi Arabia said once that if someone says:"I sleep all the time ,doctor" ,it is nonsnse,meaningless or false.My question is ,is it true that we cosider it false or we may understand something from it?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Feb 2005
    • Posts: 2,585
    • Post Thanks / Like

    Re: question

    Hello Nasser, welcome to UsingEnglish!

    I hesitate to disagree with your professor; but if someone says to me "I sleep all the time", I interpret it as "I sleep a great deal".

    It's a very common exaggeration; cf.

    1. My girlfriend is always talking about chocolate.

    If I say this to you, you know that it isn't literally true (for instance, there must at least be pauses while she eats the chocolate).

    Good luck!

Similar Threads

  1. Question with a Question
    By Kristin in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 29-Jan-2006, 14:26
  2. Answering a question with a question
    By Sarah Shaw-Gray in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 28-Jan-2006, 13:33
  3. Response to a question - 'may i' and 'shall i'
    By englishstudent in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 20-Sep-2005, 06:28
  4. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-May-2005, 14:02


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts