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    Question Can I say "Does it work right?"

    I just written an English email to my colleague, in which I wrote the sentence "Does it work right?". What I want to say is "Does it work the way we expect it to work?" I think my colleague can understand it. I'm just wondering whether a native English speaker would express the meaning in this way.

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    Re: Can I say "Does it work right?"

    Quote Originally Posted by neodreamer View Post
    I ​have just written an English email in English to my colleague, in which I wrote the sentence "Does it work right?". What I want to say is "Does it work the way we expect it to work?" I think my colleague can understand it. I'm just wondering whether a native English speaker would express the meaning in this way.
    Although perfectly understandable, it's a little unnatural for me. I might say "Does it work OK?" but I would be more likely to use the present continuous "Is it working OK?" or "Is it working properly?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can I say "Does it work right?"

    Welcome to UsingEnglish.com, my fellow countryman!

    Quote Originally Posted by neodreamer View Post
    "Does it work the way we expect it to work?"
    'Does it work as expected?' is conciser.
    I am not a teacher.

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