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Joe Kim
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 3:11:04 AM

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A: hey, look at me.
B:No, I wouldn't.

What is the meaning of B's response?
Romany
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 6:03:37 AM
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Perhaps it means "B" isn't a native speaker!

Because, unless there is some special context, "I wouldn't" makes no sense here.

Joe Kim
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 7:36:19 PM

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Thank you, but I couldn't much understand your response.

So what does wouldn't exactly mean, and how should it be used? Can you give me possible several examples?
FounDit
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 10:49:03 AM

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Joe Kim wrote:
Thank you, but I couldn't much understand your response.

So what does wouldn't exactly mean, and how should it be used? Can you give me possible several examples?


"wouldn't" is often used for a situation that has not happened yet, but might happen. It is often used to convey the idea of "if I were you" or "if that happens".

Examples:
You see someone about to dive into water that might be too shallow and is dangerous. You say, "I wouldn't do that if I were you", meaning you understand the danger and would not do that.

Someone suggests starting a fire by using petrol/gasoline. Knowing how that can be very dangerous, you say, "No, I wouldn't", meaning if someone wants to do that, you advise against it.


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
TMe
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:36:26 PM

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Romany wrote:

Perhaps it means "B" isn't a native speaker!

This not the correct answer. Speaker may be from any country, race or religion, the poster wants to know the meaning. Telling one 'non-native' is depressing. Is reading between the lines necessary, Romany?



I am a layman.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:42:51 PM

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TMe, the message was that this short dialogue:
A: hey, look at me.
B:No, I wouldn't.
makes no sense. It's not possible to answer the question of what "B" means -- it is nonsensical. I happen to agree. If "A" said "Hey, look at me" and "B" said "No, I wouldn't", I would guess that "B" is not a native English speaker, because what he said is nonsense.

I could suggest a rewording for the short dialogue, and correct some punctuation, as well.
A: Hey, look at me!
B: No, I won't!



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