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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    #1

    May I ask ...?

    May I ask when you are coming back from the vacation?

    Is that a grammatical and educated form?

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    #2

    Re: May I ask ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    May I ask when you are coming back from the your vacation?

    Is that a grammatical and educated form?
    It's more natural with my amendment above. It's grammatical. What do you mean by "educated form"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: May I ask ...?

    The sentence also works with no determiner before 'vacation'.

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    #4

    Re: May I ask ...?

    I do mean "acceptable in the educated circle".

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    #5

    Re: May I ask ...?

    If you believe in speaking differently to people you consider "educated" from the way you speak to everyone else, then yes. Just about anyone, except maybe a very young child, would understand what you mean so it's appropriate for everyone.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: May I ask ...?

    We normally refer to that simply as 'standard English' If we are dealing with a word or expression that is not likely to be used by an average, moderately well-educated person in normal situations, we use other labels.

    For example:

    May I be permitted to enquire about the date of your return from your vacation? - Very formal, stilted

    May I ask when you are coming back from your vacation?
    - Quite formal.

    When are you (coming) back from your vacation? - Standard

    When you back? - informal.





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