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Offline Takashi

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about a dialogue
« on: February 13, 2020, 04:49:51 pm »
I'd appreciate it if you could help me with the following question.

"Select the one that DOES NOT fit.

A: Sorry, I'm new. Could you [ A. explain   B. inform   C. let me know    D show me    E. tell me ] where the weight-training room is?
B: It's right over there.
A: Oh, I see."

It seems to me that "B. inform" requires "me," as in "Could you inform me where the weight-training room is?
But I've also been wondering if the meaning of the verb "explain" fits here.

Could you tell me which should be the wrong choice?

Thank you very much.

Takashi

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Re: about a dialogue
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2020, 04:56:06 pm »
What a very stupid question you have been asked! I feel your pain.

The best of all choices would be D - given the proximity of the weight training room.
Next best is E - assuming it is a little further off and the "guide" did not have time to show you.
C - assumes some delay in the reply. It is not natural - but, it is grammatically correct.
A - is also grammatically correct but not atall natural in the context.
B - as you say, is just plain wrong - it would need *me* but, even then, is not in the least natural. Far too formal.
Best wishes,

Duncan

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Re: about a dialogue
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2020, 05:08:33 pm »
Thank you very much, Mr Baker!
I really appreciate your giving me such detailed comments for each choice.
Thanks to your explanation, I am able to understand the implications of each explanation.

Takashi


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Re: about a dialogue
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2020, 05:45:16 pm »
 :)
Best wishes,

Duncan