Do you know the route


Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect

Last night, I went home with a little girl, Mary gave us a ride. The girl and I live in the same neighborhood. But at that time I was busy talking to someone online, and Mary doesn't know how to get to our neighborhood. Then I asked the little girl Alice to tell Mary, but before I asked Alice to do so, I asked Alice:

Do you know the route?

I wonder if it's natural to say so. (Do you know how we can get to our neighborhood and tell Mary how to get there.)

Thanks a lot
  • GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    It is grammatical, but not natural. Far more natural are:
    Do you know the way?
    Do you know how to get there?

    Also note that "little girl" means a very young child (such as 5 or 6 years old.) Is that really what you mean?

    You little ripper!

    Senior Member
    Australian English
    Think of the Burt Bacharach song:

    Do you know the way to San Jose my neighbourhood?
    I've been away so long. I may go wrong and lose my way
    Do you know the way to San Jose?
    I'm going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose


    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Thanks a lot, GWB. She's 11. I guess I can call her little girl, right?
    In telling this story, using "little girl" is good. It makes it clear that you don't mean a 16 or 22 year old, and that helps us understand why you were unsure whether she knew how to get there by car.
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