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do I make myself clear?

This page is about the conversational phrase do I make myself clear?


You can use this to emphasize your power or authority over somebody.

For example

  • "You will never see that boy again. Do I make myself clear?"
    "Yes, Dad."

  • "You asked to see me?"
    "If you ever challenge my authority again, you'll be sorry. Do I make myself clear?"
    "Yes, sir. Sorry, sir."

Also "Is that clear?"

Quick Quiz

If someone says "Do I make myself clear?", they're trying to

a. assert their authority

b. clarify what they've said

c. make your authority clear

Contributor: Matt Errey