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snade17

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Hi dear experts,
Could explain or say in other words the underlined phrases in the following two mini dialogues:

David: Hi, Mary. You look great!
Mary: Oh, do I? Thank you.

A: My wife is in Cyprus on business.
B: Oh, is she? What is her job?
 

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The questions have a social function; they show you have understand and are interested in the topic, leading on to the next part, gratitude for the compliment in the first and a request for more information in the second.
 

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Thank you very much, Tdol. This was of great help to me!
 
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