“Yes, the woman over there in the gray suit.”
You gave a presentation at an event for people to practice giving speeches in English. Now you've opened the floor for questions. A few different people have raised their hands to ask a question, and you need to pick one of them. You say this and point to one woman in the crowd.
Yes, the woman over there in the gray suit.
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In a large group of people like a classroom or a conference, people are trained to raise their hands when they want to speak. The leader of the group then "calls on" one person to speak. When you call on a person, it's common to say "Yes" and then either:
- the person's name
- an explanation of where the person is
- a description of what the person looks like
For example, these are all ways to call on someone to speak in a big group of people:
Yes, you up here in the front.
Yes, the gentleman in the green jacket.
Yes, Dr. Phillips.
This is an example of how to identify a person. You can give a lot of information about a person by fitting it together in this way:
- a man/woman/lady/gentleman/kid/guy/etc.
- over there/right here/next to ___/under___/on ___/in ___/etc.
- in (a piece of clothing)/with (something)
Here are a few examples of this:
Do you see that man next to the door in the baseball hat?
Who's that woman over there with the dog?
There's a nice-looking young man in the lobby in a denim jacket.
Yes, you right here with the scarf. What's your name?