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    Red face You Lost Me

    Hi.

    Some people during conversations say: "You lost me" or "you lost me on that one"

    I think it means I did not get it. Is that right?

    Is it polite to use it? Won't it sound like you are a bad communicator, and you lost me?

    Thanks :)

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    Re: You Lost Me

    You are correct - "you lost me" means that you do not understand what the speaker is saying. Sometimes it could be because his story has become too long and elaborate, or perhaps he is talking about a topic you know nothing about. It's not impolite to say "I'm sorry, but you lost me there" or something similar, and using such an idiom will in fact make you sound more like a native speaker.

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    Re: You Lost Me

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    You are correct - "you lost me" means that you do not understand what the speaker is saying. Sometimes it could be because his story has become too long and elaborate, or perhaps he is talking about a topic you know nothing about. It's not impolite to say "I'm sorry, but you lost me there" or something similar, and using such an idiom will in fact make you sound more like a native speaker.
    I see. Thanks Ouisch. :)

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