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    verb + what/where

    The following scenarios happened over the phone with noise:
    Person A: If you have time, could you help me go to the nearby store to buy a dozen of eggs?
    Person B: Sorry, you ask to do what?

    Person A: Will you go to park next week?
    Person B: Sorry, go to where?

    I put the words "what" or "where" at then end of questions, are they the dialogues above correct? If so, is it polite?

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    Re: verb + what/where

    Those dialogues are unnatural.

    However, you will hear people colloquially ending such question sentences with "what" or "where" with a rising tone.

    e.g.
    Sorry, you're asking me to buy what?

    However, note that such constructs are ungrammatical.

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    Re: verb + what/where

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Those dialogues are unnatural.

    However, you will hear people colloquially ending such question sentences with "what" or "where" with a rising tone.

    e.g.
    Sorry, you're asking me to buy what?

    However, note that such constructs are ungrammatical.
    Thank you! Additionally, can I shorten "Sorry, you're asking me to buy what?" to "Sorry, to buy what?" with a rising tone colloquially? Also, it is polite?



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    Re: verb + what/where

    Quote Originally Posted by jokaec1 View Post
    Thank you! Additionally, can I shorten "Sorry, you're asking me to buy what?" to "Sorry, to buy what"?

    Yes, that's possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by jokaec1 View Post
    Also, it is polite?
    Quote Originally Posted by jokaec1 View Post
    That depends on who you're talking to, and how familiar you are with them!

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