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Arcona

Senior Member
German
Hello,

I want to say:

I could not just ask what I (actually?) wanted to ask. It would have been too inquisitive.

I do not like to use the verb ask twice but I do not know what else to use instead.
It would be nice if one of you had an idea how it would sound better.
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    We often use italics to emphasize what's going on (and to help justify the repetition of words) ... like this:

    I couldn't just ask what I wanted to ask -- it would have been too inquisitive.
     

    Arcona

    Senior Member
    German
    Thank you, Copyright. But does it also sound good to use ask twice in this sentence? Or is there a better way to say it?
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    I think it's fine or I wouldn't have suggested it -- sometimes repetition can get your point across better than coming up with a new word in order to avoid it.

    I suppose you could say "I couldn't just ask what I wanted to know -- it would have been too inquisitive." But maybe you don't want to know something; maybe you want a favor. It's difficult to fine-tune without context.
     
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