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raymondaliasapollyon
Posted: Monday, February 8, 2021 4:34:34 AM
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Hi,

I'm wondering if "you can say so if you must" can be used as a concession in the following.

A: I sold everything and moved to Canada with John because I loved him.

B: No, you didn't really love him. You thought you loved him; at that time, you mistook desire for love.

A: OK, you can say so if you must.


I'd appreciate your help.


FounDit
Posted: Monday, February 8, 2021 10:45:59 AM

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raymondaliasapollyon wrote:
Hi,

I'm wondering if "you can say so if you must" can be used as a concession in the following.

A: I sold everything and moved to Canada with John because I loved him.

B: No, you didn't really love him. You thought you loved him; at that time, you mistook desire for love.

A: OK, you can say so if you must.


I'd appreciate your help.




It sounds quite strange to me to say that. Most often, in my experience, the person would say something like, "If you say so". This would be said in a rather dismissive tone to indicate they didn't want to hear that said, and is aware this is the opinion of the speaker, with which they don't agree.
Audiendus
Posted: Monday, February 8, 2021 11:46:15 AM
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We normally use "if you must" to refer to something that has not been done yet. For example:

"Shall I tell you what I really think of him?"
"OK, if you must."
(You would rather not be told.)
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