important to clarify the question

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It is also important to clarify whether intelligent computer brains can ever be built.
It is also important to clarify the question whether intelligent computer brains can ever be constructed.
 

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It is also important to clarify whether intelligent computer brains can ever be built. :tick:
It is also important to clarify the question whether intelligent computer brains can ever be constructed. :cross:

See above. If you want to include "the question", you need to follow it with "of".
 

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If I got you right, the second sentence should read as follows.
It is also important to clarify the question of whether intelligent computer brains can ever be constructed.
 

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If I [STRIKE]got[/STRIKE] understand/understood you [STRIKE]right[/STRIKE] correctly, the second sentence should read as follows:

It is also important to clarify the question of whether intelligent computer brains can ever be constructed.

Yes, that's correct.
 

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If I got understand/understood you right correctly, the second sentence should read as follows:



The phrase "Did I get your right?" does have the same meaning as the phrase "Did I understand you correctly?", as far as I know.

If this is the case I don't understand why I can't use "If I got you right".

However it may well be the case that one phrase is American English and the other is British English.
 

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I can't speak for AmE but "Did I get your right?" (grammatically incorrect anyway because it should be "you" not "your") and "If I got you right, ..." are incorrect in BrE.
 

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I can't speak for AmE but "Did I get your right?" (grammatically incorrect anyway because it should be "you" not "your") and "If I got you right, ..." are incorrect in BrE.

That I wrote "your" was only a typo. Although it's right to correct this, it's not the point here.

I find the phrase "Did I get you right?" even in textbooks, dictionaries and elsewhere on the internet.

I mean, even heard that phrase in a movie the other day.

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AmE speakers may comment later. As ems said, the phrase is incorrect in BrE.
 

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The phrase "Did I get you right?" does have the same meaning as the phrase "Did I understand you correctly?", as far as I know.

If this is the case I don't understand why I can't use "If I got you right".

However it may well be the case that one phrase is American English and the other is British English.

The phrase is okay in casual American English. Don't use it in formal writing.
 

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Getting back to the point, clarify is probably not what you mean. The question is already clear enough. What you want is the answer, so try find out, ascertain, discover, determine, etc.
 
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