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    How can I make a request to my roommate to let me use her laptop?

    This pragmatics test has been derived from Liu (2007). What would you say in such a situation.

    Something is wrong with your computer, but you have to finish some homework which is due tomorrow. Your roommate has a computer, but he is also writing a course paper on his computer. His homework is due the day after tomorrow. You want to ask him to stop his work and let you use his computer to finish your homework first.


    1. Hi, Lucy, you know my homework is due tomorrow and my computer is down, give me a hand.
    2. Could I please use your computer for an hour? It won't take long!
    3. Can you use your computer after I finish my homework, please?

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    Re: How can I make a request to my roommate to let me use her laptop?

    Your male room mate's name is Lucy? OK.

    I don't like any of them. Each explains part of what you want to say. Regarding 2, it's irrelevant saying "It won't take long" if he's loaned it to you for an hour.

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    Re: How can I make a request to my roommate to let me use her laptop?

    tulipflower, I'm not sure why you're asking us all these questions about somebody else's work.

    Why don't you give us your opinion first?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Dec-2016 at 13:08.

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    Re: How can I make a request to my roommate to let me use her laptop?

    I have found with several of these questions that it's a matter of looking for the least unnatural rather than a natural one.

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    Re: How can I make a request to my roommate to let me use her laptop?

    I aimed at using these questions in my research project. That's why I presented them here. Your recommendations about each situation was really helpful to me. Now, I think I have to make some necessary modifications before using these questions in my research. I really appreciate your help. I won't send the rest of the questions here.
    Thank you all.

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