Scar

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Scar

Post by Stevenloan » 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!

StevenLoan
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Jan 31, 2017 5:34 am

All of those wordings would be suitable.
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Post by Bobinwales » 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.
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Post by Stevenloan » Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:35 pm

Erik_Kowal and Bobinwales : Thank you two very much.
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Post by Wizard of Oz » 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,

1. Why did DO you have this scar?

Woz who has heaps of scars
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Post by tony h » 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"
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With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.

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