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How to ask someone to repeat something

Learn different ways you can ask someone to repeat what they have said.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the task. You can read the transcript at any time.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


Why i can't watch the videos?

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Hi everybody,

I cannot download the video of word on the street. Something is wrong with these video. Anybody have the whole set of word on the street? May I copy these video? thanks a lot

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The LearnEnglish Team

Great way to learn English. Although I have done M.A English yet sometimes I get confused in speaking.

Hello everyone

why I can't see any of "how to" videos? anybody can help

Hello Ammar85,

I'd recommend that you download and install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player. That normally solves problems with our videos. If not, however, please let us know.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Ammar85,

We've found that users in some countries sometimes have trouble viewing our videos. There is one other option for the How to videos, and that is to download them from the iTunes store. Even though they are in the store, they are free. This link might work for you, but if not, just search for 'British Council How to' in iTunes, and you should find them there.

By the way, some of our pages with video, such as this one from Word on the Street, have a link called 'Can't see video? Click here!'. Sometimes this will work, so I'd recommend you also try that if you're looking for other videos in English.

I hope this helps you!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

sir i am new here. its an excellent site.

How to ask someone to repeat something

can i use this sentence " can you rephrase that "

and sir i have a confusion about the following sentence please correct that

which is right
1. i ate this food before
2. i had eaten this food
3. i were seen it before

sir i didn"t find the option in this site from where i can comment my problem explicitly

Hello sabbir-1431,

'Can you rephrase that?' means something a bit different: it asks for someone not only to repeat something, but to say it in a different way, which usually implies that you didn't understand more than you didn't hear.

As for your other question, 1 and 2 are correctly formed, but which one is correct depends on the context they are to be used in. 3 is not correctly formed.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team