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How to ask to repeat

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 29/07/13

If you didn't understand or hear what the person you are talking to said, and you want him or her to say it once again, what do you usually say? "Pardon?"

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Here in my part of the English-speaking world (SE Pennsylvania) "I'm sorry" is just as good as, if not better (more likely to be said by a native speaker) than "pardon". And because not hearing and not understanding are quite different problems, it would be best to say the whole thing: "I'm sorry I didn't understand." or "I'm sorry, I didn't hear (clearly) what you said."

Followed by: "Could you please say it again for me?"

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 30/07/13

:))) Thank you, Richard! And thanks to the dog! :)
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Some other ones you hear commonly are "I beg your pardon?" or "I'm sorry I didn't understand you."

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 30/07/13

Thank you, Patrick. They are more polite than just "pardon", aren't they?

Patrick Haley Patrick Haley (1) on 01/08/13

It depends on who you're talking to. "Pardon" and "I beg your pardon" are more common in older age groups. However, this is not always the case.

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 02/08/13

OK.
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Yes, that would be best although it would be better still to ask them to repeat what they said - even slowly if necessary

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 29/07/13

Thank you, Paul! Do you use "sorry" to ask somebody to repeat?

Paul Allard Paul Allard (0) on 29/07/13

You can but I don't like it: Pardon is far better for mishearing something in my book

Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 29/07/13

Thanks, Paul. Then I'll use only "pardon" :).
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Sorry, i didn`t catch that ?

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 11/02/15

Ian, thank you for your answer and your record!
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you can use" come again or what's that?",but neither of them are polite.so use them when you don't wanna be polite!!!! or you are close to that person.

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Alice Val Alice Val (2) on 07/03/14

Thank you, Fartash!

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