Asking for directions

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Asking for directions is a language function employed when the asker wants directions to somewhere.

This is common for tourists visiting unfamiliar places; consequently tourists may decide to ask in English. Tourists may decide to ask in English even when English is not the local language.

In English, we use phrases like:

  • "Where is the [place]?"
  • "Can you give me directions to [place]?"
  • "Can you tell me where the nearest [place] is?"
  • "How can I get to [place]?"

We often use indirect questions for this.

A special case is asking for directions to a toilet. This is extremely useful at low levels, but is often omitted from textbooks.

This naturally aligns with giving directions.