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    #21

    Smile Re: pardon

    Absolutely American English:
    Excuse me?


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    Oh engee, that one can be used to show you're ticked off too. "Ex-cuse me?" You go up in pitch a little differently than you would for an ordinary question, and you put a tiny pause between the syllables of "excuse." Raised eyebrow optional. :)

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    #23

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    Oh engee, that one can be used to show you're ticked off too. "Ex-cuse me?" You go up in pitch a little differently than you would for an ordinary question, and you put a tiny pause between the syllables of "excuse." Raised eyebrow optional. :)
    Yeah, I just can imagine myself saying something like this to a person in authority, e.g. a teacher, 'Pass me the chalk, mate.' 'Ex-cuse me?' 'Sorry, I meant, could you pass me the chalk, Professor?'


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    #24

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    exactly :)

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    Whachatalkinbout, Willis?

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    #26

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    This is very useful ! ( can I put exclimation mark at the end of that sentence or it would sound like an offence ?)

    Acually, I'm not good at punctuation at all.

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    #27

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    This is very useful!

    Note, there isn't a space before the punctuation mark:

    Ex: ...like an offence?

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    #28

    Question Re: pardon

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "Come again" is very colloquial, and you keep it to your friends, with the other suggestions from Jason.

    Politely> "I am sorry. I didn't catch what you said." "Pardon, I missed what you said." "Sorry, I missed that. Could you repeat it?"
    Would it be possible to say: "I am sorry. I havent caught what you said."/ "Sorry I ve missed that."

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    Welcome, Waawe.

    The following are awkward in my dialect of English. Which isn't to say they aren't perfectly acceptable in other dialects of English:

    Ex: I am sorry. I haven't caught what you said.
    Ex: Sorry. I've missed that.

    North American English
    Ex: I'm sorry. I didn't catch that/what you said.
    Ex: Sorry. I missed that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    This is very useful!

    Note, there isn't a space before the punctuation mark:

    Ex: ...like an offence?
    Thank you Casiopea for you clarification, you're so kind.
    But, you didn't tell me how I can improve my punctuation skills
    How can I improve it?

    Thanks in advance.
    asmaa

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