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  • Olivia: Is it 10 o'clock already?

  • Claire: Is Olivia really asking about the time?

  • After all, she did just check her watch.

  • Mark: This is a great party,

  • I love telling my stories,

  • did I tell you about my last camping holiday?

  • Olivia: No, I don't think you did.

  • Is it 10 o'clock already?

  • Mark: Well, yes, it is...

  • anyway, so you wanted to hear about my camping trip?

  • Olivia: Have you got a long journey home?

  • Mark: No, you've been there -- it's not far.

  • It won't take me long to get home.

  • Anyway, we were staying in these tents.

  • Olivia: When were you thinking of leaving?

  • Mark: Leaving?

  • Well, I'm going to call a taxi,

  • so I can stay a while yet.

  • Anyway as I was saying,

  • we were staying in these tents...

  • Olivia: Can you not take a hint?

  • I need you to go home now.

  • I'm tired and I could not care less

  • about your camping holiday!

  • Mark: Oh, um...

  • Alright I'll be leaving then.

  • Mark: I'm confused.

  • Why was Olivia so angry?

  • Claire: Well, the thing is

  • you ignored all of her hints.

  • Mark: Hints?

  • Claire: The questions she was asking you.

  • You weren't supposed to answer them.

  • Mark: No?

  • Claire: Olivia wasn't asking these questions

  • to get information,

  • she was asking them to highlight something.

  • They were disguised requests.

  • She asked about the time, his journey

  • and the time that he planned to leave.

  • He was supposed to think about these things,

  • and realise that it was quite late,

  • and that maybe she might want to go to sleep.

  • This is less direct

  • and considered more polite that just saying

  • "Can you leave? I want to go to sleep".

  • We can use questions like this in lots of

  • different situations

  • and you'll see some more examples

  • at the end of the programme.

  • Mark: So what should I do

  • with these questions?

  • Claire: Answer the questions,

  • but then demonstrate that

  • you have understood the hint.

  • Mark: So, did I tell you about my last camping holiday?

  • Olivia: No, I don't think you did.

  • Is it 10 o'clock already?

  • Mark: Oh it is. Yes, it is getting a bit late?

  • Olivia: Yes, have you got a long journey home?

  • Mark: Well, it's not too far

  • but I probably should be getting home soon.

  • Olivia: And when were you thinking of leaving?

  • Mark: Soon, actually,

  • I'll call a cab now.

  • Olivia: Thanks for coming.

  • It was lovely to see you.

Olivia: Is it 10 o'clock already?

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What they really mean: Disguised requests

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    Samuel posted on 2018/05/05
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