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onsen
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 11:46:18 PM
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Hello,

Daughter:
A. I think I’m going to go out with him, now and from now on.
Mother:
B. I agree with you as long as you and he like each other.
(self-made sentence)

Sentence A doesn’t seek advice explicitly. How does one reword or rephrase the sentence so that her idea of seeking some advice can be conveyed to her mother?

PS
The way of saying i.e., tone, may play an important role in this case.

Thank you
ChrisKC
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 12:54:17 AM

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The sentence needs only to read, "I think I am going to go out with him from now on"

You can add, "What do you think, Mother?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 1:56:53 AM

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Probably, in conversation (as you say) tone of voice would play a big part - also 'body language'. One can 'look quizical' while making what sounds like a statement.

(Sorry the image is so big - It was the best one I could find.)


A 'tag-question' like the one Chris mentions is possible - though it may only be a 'noise' with a rising pitch.
Or - it could be made into a full question in the same sentence:

"I think I am going to go out with him from now on (maybe) . . .?"
"I think I am going to go out with him from now on. Hmm?"
"I think I am going to go out with him from now on, d'y' think?"
("Do you think?")
"Do you think I should go out with him from now on?"

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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