Six uses of “OK”

www.morguefile.comThe first of my language lists – here are six uses for the most common discourse marker in English – OK. Examples provided relate to a fictitious Christmas day dinner.

1. To show you agree with someone. “Shall we open some more wine?” ┬á“Ok.”

2. To ask or check if someone agrees with you. “I’ll bring in the next course, ok?” “OK!”

3. To indicate that you are changing the subject or starting a new topic. “Is everyone listening? OK, I just wanted to say how nice it is to see you again. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve been home for Christmas blah blah…”

4. To say that something is satisfactory. “Is the turkey ok? Not too dry, I mean.”

5. To say that something is suitable. “The doctor said it was ok for me to have a drink this Christmas, so yes please I’ll have a single malt.”

6. To close a conversation. “OK. I should really… I should really be getting to bed. Thanks for the dinner, it was fantashtic…”

Can anyone else think of other typical examples to illustrate these uses? Post a comment!

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