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    Dear teachers,

    I was watching friends the other day (episode 223). Here is a scene where Monica is talking with her boyfriend Richard about her "
    cute little obsessive things".

    MONICA: You would not. I can't believe this. I hate this, you're too normal. I can't believe my boyfriend doesn't have a thing. My boyfriend doesn't have a thing.

    RICHARD: See, if anyone overheard that, I didn't come off well.


    First, it seesm that Monica's words have another meaning or something, which I don't know.
    Second, why richard uses "past tense"? Why wouldn't he say "See, if anyone overhear that, I won't come off well"?

    thanks



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    Quote Originally Posted by welldone
    Dear teachers,

    I was watching friends the other day (episode 223). Here is a scene where Monica is talking with her boyfriend Richard about her "
    cute little obsessive things".

    MONICA: You would not. I can't believe this. I hate this, you're too normal. I can't believe my boyfriend doesn't have a thing. My boyfriend doesn't have a thing.

    RICHARD: See, if anyone overheard that, I didn't come off well.


    First, it seesm that Monica's words have another meaning or something, which I don't know.
    Second, why richard uses "past tense"? Why wouldn't he say "See, if anyone overhear that, I won't come off well"?

    thanks


    Maybe he was using a conditional
    Last edited by Alc112; 02-Apr-2005 at 20:07.

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    Quote Originally Posted by welldone
    Dear teachers,

    I was watching friends the other day (episode 223). Here is a scene where Monica is talking with her boyfriend Richard about her "
    cute little obsessive things".

    MONICA: You would not. I can't believe this. I hate this, you're too normal. I can't believe my boyfriend doesn't have a thing. My boyfriend doesn't have a thing.

    RICHARD: See, if anyone overheard that, I didn't come off well.


    First, it seesm that Monica's words have another meaning or something, which I don't know.
    Second, why richard uses "past tense"? Why wouldn't he say "See, if anyone overhear that, I won't come off well"?

    thanks



    I didn't come off well
    = it didn't sound very good.
    My boyfriend doesn't have a thing. - someone could think she was talking about his "organ" (lulu?) ...medically speaking: his penis.. :)

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    welldone Guest

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    thanks you guys.
    Now it gets clear...

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