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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


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

kind of silly but very useful


Excellent website!

I'm going to suggest it to all my friends.

can i download the audio?

Hi puffineguin,

I'm afraid that our videos, including their audio tracks, are not available for download due to them being under copyright. The Elementary Podcasts and Big City Small World, as well as many articles in the Magazine, do have downloadable audio.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

good day.

this is the first time I’m texting to you, how can I know that the synonym I’m using is the suitable one?