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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #121970: Vocabulary: asking and answering
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    Vocabulary: asking and answering


    We are often led to ask and answer many questions about very varied topics. This happens everyday, several times a day! 

     

     

     

     

    Therefore, the vocabulary in this lesson is elementary and you should have an expert knowledge of it. 

     

     

           

     

    1) Asking, questioning... 

    To ask somebody something      To ask someone a question 
     To enquire/ inquire whether                            To put a question to someone about something                     
     To question someone about something  To require a straight answer = a clear one



    Depending on the country where you're staying, you may hear:
      To enquire or To inquire 

    🇬🇧 You can use both.
    🇺🇸 Please use "inquire".

    https://www.grammarly.com/blog/inquire-enquire/ : What's the difference? 

     

    2) Answering...

     To answer something about someone / that                                    

     To reply something / that... 

     To answer something on                    

     To reply something on                                                 

     An answer to a question

     A reply to...

     A response to... 

     In answer to

     In reply to 

     In response to

     

    3) Interrogative pronouns...  used to ask the right questions...

     Which (one) ?    (To choose between two elements)               What...? (three and more elements)            
     Where...? =  a question about a place When...? =  a question about a time
     Why...? = cause : => answer: "because..."                                   What for...? answer: = "To do..." 
     How...? = manner How much+ uncountable/ How many+ countable/ How often...?      

     

            

    How much + uncountable                       

               

         How often...?                  


       

         How many + countable in the plural




    4) Adjectives .... 

     Direct   Evasive

     Frank

     Straightforward                             

     Spontaneous                                   

     

     

     

    5) ...and expressions...

    - Please... 

    - May I ask you why...? / Where...? 

    - Can you tell me who...? / ... when...? 

    - I need the following information...

    - I'd (would) like to know what.../ whether... ? 

    - He didn't reply anything... / He said nothing in reply... 

    - He wouldn't give me a straight answer. / He wouldn't say "yes or no"... 

     

    No difficulties at all! I hope you'll enjoy this test. Go for it! 



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    1. «Yes, I’ve sent the letter to our customer, but the hasn’t arrived yet.»



    2. « people were attending the concert? Hundreds, I suppose...»



    3. «Here’s your Mum, Lucy, you don’t know. I’m sure she’ll know it!»



    4. « chocolate will you need to make your favourite cake?»



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    6. I asked and asked again, but she me her name and remained speechless.



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    8. «Sorry, but you won’t be allowed to . You’ll have to speak to me beforehand…»



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    10. 'Please, tell me! I can't understand! didn't you pay that invoice in time?'



     

                                                                     








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