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? asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 1 decade ago

English question: What kind of expression is this "say" in this sentence?

What is the "Say," in "Say, have you seen my prize goat?" in the last line in the paragraph below?:

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He sat down on the ground, exhausted. Suddenly, he saw a goat running at him, full speed. He leaped up, and it brushed past him, and fell in the hole. He listened, but there was no sound.

He sat down again. A few minutes later, a farmer came walking up. The man asked him, "How deep is this hole?" The farmer said, "Oh. Thats the bottomless pit. It never ends. Say, have you seen my prize goat?"

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Although I assumed it's the same as "by the way", I'm not really sure.

What would you think?

Can anyone answer please?

Thank you.

Update:

Thanks all for the help! :)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    This example of "say" does not have an actual meaning. It is an interjection used to gain someone's attention before making a question or making a suggestion. It is similar to ね.

    ね、今何時?

    "By the way" is an idiom used to add extra information when talking to someone. It is not always interchangeable with "say." It is interchangeable in this example, however.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, "by the way" is a good definition of the way it is used here.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Yes, I'd say your analysis is correct.

  • 1 decade ago

    "Say" = "Tell me"

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