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How to respond if you don't understand a text?


Jean in Newcastle
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What do you do when someone replies to you but their sentence just reads like a word salad to you?  I'm not sure how to ask for clarification without it looking like I'm critiquing their writing, but on the other hand, I have no idea what they are trying to say.  (This is not one of my kids or my husband - with them I would be comfortable saying "What in the world are you trying to say?") 

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Is there a way to play yourself as a bit dim and ask your question again -- as if you forgot you already asked, or got distracted from the answer?

 

Is there a way to casually put your best guess to your reply, so they would need to confirm or deny that you got it right?

 

Could it be autocorrect?

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My m-i-l tends to type slower than her brain works and often sends me texts that I can't make heads or tails out of.  I just send her a "?" back.  Then she laughs about it later because she sent it  without actually reading what she had typed and my reply makes her read what she actually sent.    

 

Her emails are often the same way.

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The talk-to-text choices are the best. DH does this all the time and some of the sentences are totally incomprehensible, especially when there are names involved. One client's name sounds like Pen Sick...you should see some of the interpretations Iphone comes up with on that.

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