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    #1

    How to ask sb who blocked your view to mova away?

    Which option do you think is the most appropriate? Is there any better way of requesting in such a situation?
    This question has been derived from a pragmatics test developed by Liu(2007).

    You are watching a basketball game. A student you don't know comes and stands just in front of you blocking your view. You want ask the student not to block your view.


    1. Hi, so you are interested in basketball. So am I. Let me stand beside you and exchange opinions about the game.
    2. Sorry, you are blocking my view, would you please take another place?
    3. Hey, friend. You’d better move away or sit down.
    Last edited by tulipflower; 20-Nov-2016 at 17:47.

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    Re: How to ask sb who blocked your view to mova away?

    Tulipflower, there are currently six consecutive unanswered threads from you on the first page of Ask a Teacher. Please don't hog the forum. Ask a question, wait for responses, study those responses and then, once that question has been dealt with, you can ask another one.

    In answer to this thread, there are multiple ways of asking the student to sit down; some are polite, some aren't. Your first example is unnecessarily wordy for what you want to do though it would work if you really want to make friends and have a chat with that person. Your second example is OK but I wouldn't ask the student to find another seat or place to stand. Your third example sounds quite threatening!

    I'd stick to the simple "Excuse me. Can you sit down please? I can't see".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to ask sb who blocked your view to mova away?

    I'm really sorry. You are right. I shouldn't have asked so many questions. I wonder how I can delete them. I can't find any option for deleting a thread.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Nov-2016 at 09:40. Reason: Deleted unnecessary quote of post 1

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    Re: How to ask sb who blocked your view to mova away?

    Don't worry about deleting them. Now that you know that you should spread your questions out so everyone gets a fair crack at having their turn, you'll do it differently in future.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to ask sb who blocked your view to mova away?

    In my family, when someone was blocking a view, we'd say "you make a better door than a window."

    I wouldn't say that to a complete stranger, of course.

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