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in the question "What's your last name for me?" asked by a clerk for a registration, does the prepositional for me soften it?

00:12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFjrerZ-EWo

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It's ungrammatical and doesn't really make sense. "for me" would normally follow you asking someone to do something, like "Can you spell your last name for me?".

If you want to "soften" (which which I take it you mean 'make more friendly or welcoming') "What's your last name?" then you can say "What's your last name, please?" or "Please can you tell me your last name?"

PS that video is creepy.

  • +1 It's a new trend "ASMR". You will find the weirdest of these having millions of subscribers. I did find a few to be actually interesting. – NVZ Jul 28 '17 at 13:49
  • @NVZ well that's my "weird new internet thing of the day" box ticked, cheers. – Max Williams Jul 28 '17 at 14:06
  • Then how can we explain it, her being a native speaker? – GJC Aug 4 '17 at 14:19
  • Native speakers make language errors all the time. – Max Williams Aug 4 '17 at 14:36
  • @MaxWilliams I do not think this is a linguistic error at all. – GJC Aug 6 '17 at 8:15

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