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    Do I understand it right that...

    I sometimes say "Do I understand it right that it means x?" Is it a natural structure? I have no idea where I got it and whether it's common and correct. But I like it, for some reason. Is that okay or should I get rid of it?
    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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    Re: Do I understand it right that...

    I simply write 'Does it mean ...' or 'Do you mean ...' in my questions.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Do I understand it right that...

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I simply write 'Does it mean ...' or 'Do you mean ...' in my questions.
    I do it, too, but (subconsciously maybe) I use the structure in post 1 over and over again. Having used it in the previous thread, I decided to find out once and for all () if it's grammatical and common or not.
    If it's not too much trouble to you, could you please correct any errors I might have made in this post?

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    Re: Do I understand it right that...

    Do I understand correctly that ...?
    Am I right in thinking that ...?
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    Re: Do I understand it right that...

    After someone has said something that might have been confusing or ambiguous, you could say "I think you mean XXX. Did I understand that correctly?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Do I understand it right that...

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    I sometimes say "Do I understand it right that it means x?" Is it a natural structure? I have no idea where I got it and whether it's common and correct. But I like it, for some reason. Is that okay or should I get rid of it?
    Sorry, it's not natural. Use Matthew or ems's suggestions.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Do I understand it right that...

    You will hear people saying If I understand it right..., ​when they are not 100% certain about something.

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