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Polite speech

It is often necessary to ask for further clarification of language, especially when the conversation is between a layman and an expert. Look at some of the expressions you can use to request clarification or explanation.

1. I'm sorry, I'm not sure about ... Could you tell me what it means?
2. What exactly do you mean by ... ?
3. Could you clarify ... for me?
4. I don't think I've understood all that. What exactly is ... ?
5. Would you mind defining ... a little more precisely?
6. Can / could you possibly give me an explanation of ... ?
7. Can / could you explain what ... is?
8. When you say ... , do you mean ... ?
9. I think I've understood, but could / would you give me an example of ... ?
10. Am I right in thinking ... means ... ?

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