Do we have a more polite way to say “Is this understanding correct?”. I often find it a little tough question to ask to clients.

Anything that sounds more polite and means the same? And also, is the above question grammatically correct?

  • Can we have some context, please? Are you asking about your understanding of their problem, or their understanding of your solution?
    – Andrew Leach
    Aug 2, 2012 at 9:28
  • @AndrewLeach, In context of understanding their problem. Aug 2, 2012 at 9:31

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To confirm whether you have understood the client's issue, the question is fine, if not particularly idiomatic.

So, you have problems A and B, and you need to do C as well. Is this understanding correct?

There's nothing wrong with that. You could alter the question slightly:

Is my understanding correct?
Have I got that right?
Is there anything else?

If you want to find out whether they have understood, you might need to be a little more tangential. For example, don't say this:

That means you will need to do A and B in order that C can be made available. Do you understand?

That may well be considered rude. You'd need to ask about how you have handled the situation.

Have I explained that well enough?
Is there anything else I need to tell you?

  • Thanks. Nice that you added a scenario to explain it :-) Aug 2, 2012 at 12:40

I would try "Is my understanding of this correct?". That subtly implies that the possible fault lies with you not them.


If you're talking about your understanding of what someone else has said

"Is what I have understood correct?"

If you're talking about their understanding of what you've said

"Have you understood?"

  • The OP was asking for polite ways, and I think "Have you understood?" sounds very rude. See, for example, @AndrewLeach's answer. Aug 2, 2012 at 10:42

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