TOEIC: Demanding explanations

shutterstock_46314979Sometimes, things happen that we would like explained and we must demand explanations. For example, if you have just bought a new computer and there is a problem. Read on below to see some examples of questions you can use to demand an explanation and how you can form them.

There are a number of formulas used when demanding explanations in English. Here are some of the most common:

  • Can you tell me why…
  • I don’t understand why…
  • Can you explain why..

Construction

Can you tell me why it has taken you so long to respond?

Use ‘Can you tell me why’ a full clause in the positive statement form. Notice that this is an indirect question and requires a question mark (?).
I don’t understand why it has taken you so long to respond. Use ‘I don’t understand why’ a full clause in the positive statement form. Notice that this is a statement and does NOT require a question mark (?)
Can you explain why it has taken you so long to respond? Use ‘Can you explain why’ a full clause in the positive statement form. Notice that this is an indirect question and requires a question mark (?).

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