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Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:29 am
by Stevenloan
Hi all members! I see a pretty big scar on my co-worker's left arm. Is it correct if I ask like this?

1. Why did you have this scar?
2. Where did you get this scar from?
3. What happened to your left arm?

Thanks a lot!


Re: Scar

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:34 am
by Erik_Kowal
All of those wordings would be suitable.

Re: Scar

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:29 pm
by Bobinwales
"How did you get that scar?", "How did you come by that scar?", "What did you do to get that scar?". There are many ways of asking the question.

Re: Scar

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:35 pm
by Stevenloan
Erik_Kowal and Bobinwales : Thank you two very much.

Re: Scar

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:48 am
by Wizard of Oz
Steve 1. is odd to me as the person has the scar and will continue to do so. Therefore I would say,

1. Why did DO you have this scar?

Woz who has heaps of scars

Re: Scar

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:17 am
by tony h
The use of "this" suggests a more intimate relationship. The questioner pointing closely or even touching the scar.

A co-worker would tend to point from a greater distance and say "that scar". Or simply, to avoid pointing, saying "how did you get that scar on your leg"