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    Am I right? Am I wrong?

    What is the natural way to ask if the speaker understood or wrote something correctly or not? Am I right? Am I wrong? Am I right or wrong? Am I correct? Something else?

    I wonder if I should have used the present perfect there (has understood or written).
    Last edited by GeneD; 17-Oct-2017 at 21:39. Reason: added a question
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    Re: Am I right? Am I wrong?

    Try:
    Did I get that right?
    Is that right/correct?

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    Re: Am I right? Am I wrong?

    Is "Have I got that right?" natural? I sometimes say this.

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Try:
    Did I get that right?
    Every time I think I'm beginning to understand the English tenses, there appears a native speaker and breaks my "understanding" to pieces . I thought that the present perfect is appropriate for a situation like the one we are talking about. That's, by the way, the reason why I doubted in post 1 which tense to choose. Why is the past simple used in your example?

    Well, it's off-topic. I've realized.
    Last edited by GeneD; 17-Oct-2017 at 22:24.
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    Re: Am I right? Am I wrong?

    Have I got/Do I have that right? asks whether my understanding is correct.

    Did I get that right? asks whether I successfully considered and understood the problem.

    Either tense is possible here.
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    Re: Am I right? Am I wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    I wonder if I should have used the present perfect there (has understood or written).
    I would use the present perfect there, but the past sounds OK too.

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    Re: Am I right? Am I wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    What is the natural way to ask if the speaker understood or wrote something correctly or not?
    I sometimes use the following imperative instead of a question.
    Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Did I get that right?
    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    Why is the past simple used in your example?
    My understanding is that the action 'get' took place a minute or two ago, so it was in the past, and thus the simple past should be used.

    Please correct me if I am wrong.
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    Re: Am I right? Am I wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I sometimes use the following imperative instead of a question.
    Please correct me if I am wrong.
    I used it in the past myself, but after I read the definition in the dictionary (http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...e-if-i-m-wrong) I don't do it anymore. Maybe I should, but I'm just not sure that I'm not going to sound too self-assured using this phrase.
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    Re: Am I right? Am I wrong?

    After a statement either in speech or writing, you could say:

    Is that right?

    Or:

    Did I get that right?

    Or:

    Have I got it right?

    Or:

    Am I saying it the right way? (Only for speech.)

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