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    Sorry to point out your mistake.

    I met a young man named Chris in last night's speaking club. He said "Don't say impromptu speech because it's wrong. Native speakers don't say that".

    Later I found that many native speakers do say "impromptu speech" so I wanted to him his mistake. Is it natural to start with "Sorry to point out your mistake"?

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    Re: Sorry to point out your mistake.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I met a young man named Chris in last night's speaking club. He said "Don't say impromptu speech because it's wrong. Native speakers don't say that".

    Later I found that many native speakers do say "impromptu speech" so I wanted to him (?) his mistake. Is it natural to start with "Sorry to point out your mistake"? It's OK.
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    Re: Sorry to point out your mistake.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    He said "Don't say impromptu speech because it's wrong.
    We do say it in some contexts, but not normally as an alternative to colloquial/everyday speech.

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    Re: Sorry to point out your mistake.

    Sorry, it should be "....so I wanted to tell him his mistake".

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    Re: Sorry to point out your mistake.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We do say it in some contexts, but not normally as an alternative to colloquial/everyday speech.
    Got it. How about in this context?

    Let's say my friend and I are going to a speaking club and I haven't prepared anything to say while others are ready to give a speech. Then I decided to do it off the cuff, I said "I haven't prepared for this speech event so I'm going to give an impromptu speech".

    Is it natural to say that?

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    Re: Sorry to point out your mistake.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    He said "Don't say impromptu speech because it's wrong. Native speakers don't say that".[/I]
    Out of curiosity, what did he say native speakers would use instead?

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    Re: Sorry to point out your mistake.

    I would say:

    I wanted to tell him he was mistaken.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Apr-2021 at 21:30. Reason: Adding a period.
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    Re: Sorry to point out your mistake.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Got it. How about in this context?

    Let's say my friend and I are going to a speaking club and I haven't prepared anything to say, while others are ready to give a speech. Then I decided to do it off the cuff, I said "I haven't prepared for this speech event, so I'm going to give an impromptu speech".

    Is it natural to say that?
    Yes.
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    Re: Sorry to point out your mistake.

    So you're looking for a way to tell a native speaker that you think he was wrong? You should be careful to do it in such a way that he's not going to be offended. Your way might be a bit too direct. Perhaps just tell him where you read that impromptu speech is okay, and wait to see what he says.

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    Re: Sorry to point out your mistake.

    I've lost track of the number of times I've told you to say "... at English club".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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