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Dear Ted:

At the end of a statement, do you say "Have I made myself clear?" or "Did I make myself clear?"

Also, would you please give me some alternatives to them?

Thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

At the end of a statement, do you say "Have I made myself clear?" or "Did I make
myself clear?"

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Both are acceptable, but, if you just MADE the statement, the present perfect form is better.  I would use "have made" instead of "did."

Also, would you please give me some alternatives to them?

*** Do you understand.

Do you get my point.

Do you have any problem with what I said.

I tried to be very clear.  Was I?

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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