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    Default Re: She would have been 80?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    Absolutely right.
    Getting back to post #16. Why would she say things like "could have talked or could have bought me a drink? Not just "could talk or could buy me a drink"?

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    Default Re: She would have been 80?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Getting back to post #16. Why would she say things like "could have talked or could have bought me a drink? Not just "could talk or could buy me a drink"?
    It's humorous. 'Could have talked' suggests they were not talking - but they were talking. She wants to talk to him and have him buy a drink for her, but does not want too sound too forward and .... never mind. Humour always evaporates if you have to explain it. Don't worry about the grammar - it is intentionally odd.

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    Default Re: She would have been 80?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It's humorous. 'Could have talked' suggests they were not talking - but they were talking. She wants to talk to him and have him buy a drink for her, but does not want too sound too forward and .... never mind. Humour always evaporates if you have to explain it. Don't worry about the grammar - it is intentionally odd.
    So If I wanted to ask a girl out and didn't want to sound too forward, I could say "We could have been sitting in a bar chating away and drinking champagne."?
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    Default Re: She would have been 80?

    It can sound good in a film or play (the first time you hear it), but I doubt if it will get you anywhere in real life.

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