Neal Kaplan I'm a director of technical communications working for a data analysis startup in Redwood City. I started as a technical writer, and since then I've also been learning about information architecture, training, content strategy, and even something about customer support. I'm also passionate about cross-team collaboration and user communities.

How do you politely ask someone to repeat?

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  • I didn’t catch that.
  • Is it possible that you could repeat that?
  • I’m sorry, but I don’t understand. Can you please repeat that?
  • Let me repeat it to make sure?
  • Would you like to do that again?
  • Do you think you should be pardoned?
  • Sorry, I’m not able to.
  • Excuse me?

How do you ask someone to repeat something in English?

  • Do you want to do that again?
  • “Excuse me?”
  • Is it Pardon (me)?
  • I am sorry.
  • Is it possible to come again?
  • I want your pardon.
  • Can you repeat it, please?
  • Can you say that again, please?

There are alternative ways to ask someone to repeat something in English. These phrases can help improve your English speaking skills.

I still did not hear you. I have hearing loss, so would you please repeat that? Are you hard of hearing? I don’t know what the word is.

What expression can I use to ask for a repetition?

‘Sorry, what did you say?’ is a longer expression used when talking to someone you don’t know well.

How do you ask for a repetition?

  • Excuse me? I asked, like a question.
  • Pardon me?
  • What was your name?
  • Did you say so?
  • Can you do it again?
  • Can you say that again?
  • What was that about again?
  • I apologize, but I didn’t catch that.

I did not catch that. Is it possible to speak a little louder?

What are some phrases you can use to ask for clarification and repetition?

  • In other words,…
  • I would like to clarify that.
  • To put it another way…

Small communication failures can lead to strange situations for the characters in the American television show Seinfeld.

The misunderstandings grow to the point of total confusion. In one show, Jerry and George take a limo for other passengers. Some of the passengers that were supposed to be in the limo suddenly got in and started making strange comments. Jerry and George don’t know what the comments mean.

Communication failures can make for funny stories. We will show you how to clarify what someone has said or written. When you ask someone for clarification, you want them to say something in a different way or provide more information so that you understand them better.

Tell the person that you don’t know if you have understood them fully. Two of the phrases are more suited for formal written communication, such as work-related emails. Asking the person to clarify what they have said is the next step after you express your lack of understanding. Do you mean that workers are temporarily laid off from their jobs?

Sometimes, you need more information or a helpful example. It’s more suited to formal situations, such as the workplace.

When you say workers are on vacation, do you mean they are temporarily laid off? You may want to avoid saying you haven’t understood in certain situations. You can check your understanding by faking it.

Is it true that airport security workers are now working without pay? We hope these examples help us ask for or offer clarification. This story was written by Alice Bryant. She has not said how much each thing will raise your grade.

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