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How to be more polite in English!

Do you find it easy making requests in English? Or asking for information?

Do people sometimes look at you strangely even when you’re using perfect English?

It could be that your questions are a little bit toooooo direct for the native speaker. But what does that mean?

Look at these two questions:

1. Where’s the nearest bus station?

2. Do you know where the nearest bus station is?

Which question sounds more polite?

Number 2?

Correct! But do you know why? Find out tomorrow in our mini travel grammar workshop!!


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Answer: Because it uses an indirect question form.

By Jenny Bedwell on 2011 09 13

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Anna - Poland

I have received band 7 in speaking with overall band 6.5. I am really happy with the results.

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