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use of polite particles

Postby John » Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:07 am

In the FSI lesson 19 http://www.thai-language.com/id/590201 there is a question/answer dialog regarding the location of a men's restroom. The questioner uses the particle at the end of the question but the person answering does not. What are the rules in this situation?
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Re: use of polite particles

Postby John G » Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:25 am

Use the polite particle. All the time. More than once per utterance.

Hong naam ryy khrap? Yuu thii daan khwaa na khrap. Hen may khrap?

The bathroom? It's on the right? Do you see it?
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Re: use of polite particles

Postby jariya76 » Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:32 am

I'm with John on this one if the person is a total stranger, especially if the age difference or the person's "importance" is not obvious. I even use the polite particle with small children as I think it teaches them to use them. When you're chatting with people you know well it doesn't need to be used at the end of every sentence - just when saying hello, goodbye and to soften something you're saying that might sound rude or too negative without it.
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