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    Question Does these sentences sound impatient or irritated?

    Does these sentences sound like writer is impatient/impolite/irritated? Thanks

    A) "I have already explained that I ..."
    B) "As mentioned, this was ..."
    C) "As I said before, this was ..."

    Any other sentences please advise.

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    Re: Does these sentences sound impatient or irritated?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    Does Do these sentences sound like the writer is impatient/impolite/irritated? Thanks.

    A) "I have already explained that I ..."
    B) "As mentioned, this was ..."
    C) "As I said before, this was ..."

    Any other sentences please advise.
    They could sound that way, but it would depend largely on tone of voice. I could make these sound anywhere from a casual reminder to an angry retort, but it would depend upon my tone of voice. Of the three, the first is strikes me as the most likely to convey the emotions you're asking about.

    However, the words themselves don't automatically convey impatience or irritation.

    I've been reading through a lot of scholarship essays the last few days, and have seen variants of these used (appropriately) to tie something back to an earlier comment in an essay. Presumably since they're asking for free money, they aren't angry or irritated with us.

    Although, the anger may come later once they don't get the money....
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    Re: Does these sentences sound impatient or irritated?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    They could sound that way, but it would depend largely on tone of voice. I could make these sound anywhere from a casual reminder to an angry retort, but it would depend upon my tone of voice. Of the three, the first is strikes me as the most likely to convey the emotions you're asking about.

    However, the words themselves don't automatically convey impatience or irritation.

    I've been reading through a lot of scholarship essays the last few days, and have seen variants of these used (appropriately) to tie something back to an earlier comment in an essay. Presumably since they're asking for free money, they aren't angry or irritated with us.

    Although, the anger may come later once they don't get the money....
    "However, the words themselves don't automatically convey impatience or irritation." Do you mean if it is in written form, it does not convey impatience or irritation. But if it is spoken, it will depend on the tone of voice.

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    Re: Does these sentences sound impatient or irritated?

    In written form, I would probably read them as impatient, but it might also depend on the context.

    It could be friendly banter, for instance. Or it could be said affetionately. But humor and affection don't always travel well over the Internet.
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    Re: Does these sentences sound impatient or irritated?

    Goodstudent, please end a question with a question mark.

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    Re: Does these sentences sound impatient or irritated?

    Here are a few that are more obvious:
    "If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times!"; "For the thousandth time ..."
    "What did I just finish explaining to you?"; "Did you not hear me the first time?"
    "OK, I'm going to tell you this one last time."

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