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    "Where is this?" for "Where are we?"?

    Does any native speaker say "Where is this" instead of "Where are we?" in a situation in which someone is lost in some place and someone else is with him?
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    That "Where is this?" means "Where is this place?" or "What is this place?".
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    When someone tells me to get something for him, after I have got it, can I say "Here it is." instead of "Here you are."?

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    Re: "Where is this?" for "Where are we?"?

    Why do you ask?

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    Re: "Where is this?" for "Where are we?"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Why do you ask?
    What do you mean by that?

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    Re: "Where is this?" for "Where are we?"?

    It's about narrowing down the context. For example, were those phrases on a test or exam, or was it something someone said to you that they thought was wrong, or... In other words, why do you ask?

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    Re: "Where is this?" for "Where are we?"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    It's about narrowing down the context. For example, were those phrases on a test or exam, or was it something someone said to you that they thought was wrong, or... In other words, why do you ask?
    Those phrases are what I like to use in these situations. And I would like to know, in these situations do any native speakers use those phrases that I use.

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    Re: "Where is this?" for "Where are we?"?

    Are there any native speaker that say what I say in those situations?
    Last edited by dihen; 07-Mar-2007 at 12:52.

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    Re: "Where is this?" for "Where are we?"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Are there any native speaker that say what I say in those situations?
    Are there any?


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    Re: "Where is this?" for "Where are we?"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Does any native speaker say "Where is this" instead of "Where are we?" in a situation in which someone is lost in some place and someone else is with him?
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    That "Where is this?" means "Where is this place?" or "What is this place?".

    I'd say that in such a situation, Dihen, it would be uncommon. To my mind, as I see it now, the nuance is different. "Where is this [place]?" sounds like something we use to ask about a place where we aren't at the moment.
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    another question:
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    When someone tells me to get something for him, after I have got it, can I say "Here it is." instead of "Here you are."?

    Sure you can, "here it is" is very natural.

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