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  1. Offroad's Avatar
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    #1

    by the way

    By the way...

    Would you mind if I ask how old you are?
    Of course not, I am 27, by the way, what about yourself?
    ok, I am 30
    .

    So, teachers, I would like you to tell me what 'by the way' means, I mean, how'd you describe it?

    Many thanks


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    #2

    Re: by the way

    While you are waiting for a teacher to respond, could i point out:
    1. A native speaker would not use the expression, 'by the way' in this situation. We would say, 'while we're at it' .
    2. You are not aware of it I'm sure, but "So, teachers, I would like you to tell me what 'by the way' means.
    seems to be something you have heard your teacher say, as in,
    So, class, I want you to tell me how many words you can think of that... - it makes you sound like a teacher asking a question!
    Better just to say, Could a teacher please explain what "by the way"....
    or
    May I ask a teacher what....

  2. Offroad's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: by the way

    Yeah, David, you're right. That question sounded like I was a teacher, and I am not. Actually I know the meaning of 'by the way', however, in my language, then, I'd like to know it in English.

    Thanks

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    #4

    Re: by the way

    You use it to introduce a new topic that may be only slightly related to the current topic.

    By the way, did you happen to check out idioms in the reference section?

    [not a teacher]

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    #5

    Re: by the way

    Thanks Barb.

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