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Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:29 am
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!
Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:34 am
All of those wordings would be suitable.
Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:29 pm
"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.
Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:35 pm
Erik_Kowal and Bobinwales : Thank you two very much.
Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:48 am
Steve 1. is odd to me as the person has the scar and will continue to do so. Therefore I would say,
did DO you have this scar?
Woz who has heaps of scars
Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:17 am
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"