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    "do you know?" at the end of the sentence

    Would you check the sentence below?

    1) How far is it from here to the station, do you know?

    I thought it would be better to say "Do you know how far it is from here to the station?" instead?
    Is it possible to use "do you know?" at the end of the sentence? And if it is, is it common in conversation?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: "do you know?" at the end of the sentence

    It's not OK as one sentence. It would be OK as "How far is it from here to the station? Do you know?"
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    Re: "do you know?" at the end of the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's not OK as one sentence.
    I agree, but some people do add 'do you know?' to a spoken question as if it were part of that question.

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    Re: "do you know?" at the end of the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by shikemoku View Post
    I thought it would be better to say "Do you know how far it is from here to the station?" instead?
    You're right that, 'Do you know how far it is from here to the station?' is probably a better way of asking the question, but beware of pedantic answers such as 'yes' or 'no' if what you really want to know is the actual distance.
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    Re: "do you know?" at the end of the sentence

    So if I start the sentence with "Do you know," some people might answer Yes or No instead of the actual distance, right?
    Maybe that's the reason "do you know?" was put at the end of the sentence, though it is not OK as one sentence.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: "do you know?" at the end of the sentence

    Well, you don't need to say "Do you know?" when you ask somebody something. Instead say:

    Excuse me. Would you tell how far it is to the station?

    That is polite enough.

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    Re: "do you know?" at the end of the sentence

    A: Do you know where the Greyhound bus depot is?
    B: Yes, I do know.
    A: I need to know how to get there.
    B: Go north on South Tryon and take a left onto Trade street. You will go five or six blocks. It will be on the left.
    Last edited by Tarheel; 29-Feb-2016 at 17:37. Reason: Inserted missing word.

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    #8

    Re: "do you know?" at the end of the sentence

    "Do you know where ..."
    "... how to get there."


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    Re: "do you know?" at the end of the sentence

    ...
    A: I need to know how to get there.
    B: Yes, you would if you needed to catch a train.


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