Checking/ clarifying language error correction

All the checking/ clarifying phrases below have a mistake, e.g. the wrong function, a missing word or a grammar mistake. Correct all of the phrases below.  

Asking for repetition

Pardon me!

One more, please.

Can you repeat that again?

Asking about meaning

I’m afraid but I don’t understand (…)

Sorry, I don’t still understand (…)

What means that?/ What means…?

Is that mean…?

Can you explain a few more about that?/ Can you explain a few more about…?

Can you explain that in another words?

Can you tell an example?/ Can you tell an example of that?/ Can you tell an example of…?

Asking about spelling

What is the spell of that?/ What is the spell of…?

Confirming understanding

Okay, I see now, thanks.

Check your answers as a class or below.

Test each other on the phrases above:

–       Read out an incorrect phrase and see if your partner can come up with a correct version. Phrases which are very different are fine as long as they are correct and have the right function.

–       Read out the name of a function and help your partner come up with suitable phrases.

What similar functions and phrases can you think of for the language of opinions?

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Suggested answers

Many other phrases with the same functions exist, so ask your teacher if you wrote something different.

Asking for repetition

Pardon?/ Sorry?

Can you say that one more time?/ Can you say that again?/ Can you repeat that?

Can you say that one more time more slowly?/ Can you say that again more slowly?/ Can you repeat that more slowly?

Asking about meaning

I’m afraid I don’t understand (…)

Sorry, I still don’t understand (…)

What does that mean?/ What does… mean?

Do you mean…?/ Does that mean…?

Can you explain a little more about that?/ Can you explain a little more about about…?

Can you explain that another way?/ Can you explain that in other words?

Can you give an example?/ Can you give an example of that?/ Can you give me an example of…?

Asking about spelling

How do you spell that?/ How do you spell…?/ Can you spell that?/ Can you spell… (for me)?

Confirming understanding

Okay, got it now, thanks.


 

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