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    Default differences between these three terms

    Hi,

    What are the differences between these three terms?


    That'll be the day!
    Carry me out.
    You don't say!


    Do all three expressions mean the same "It is impossible"? and How is it used?


    Thanks a lot

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    Default Re: differences between these three terms

    Can anyone help?

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    Default Re: differences between these three terms

    I'd use them like this, though others may see things differently:

    1 I don't think that will happen
    2 Pretending to be shocked
    3 Sarcastic way of pretending to express surprise

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    Default Re: differences between these three terms

    As an American English speaker, I have not seen and would not use #2.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: differences between these three terms

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    As an American English speaker, I have not seen and would not use #2.
    Neither have I. Nor would I.
    Maybe in a poetic way? Carry me out to the sea ....
    I just understand this as similar to take me out to (but you need context)


    Not a teacher.

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    Default Re: differences between these three terms

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    As an American English speaker, I have not seen and would not use #2.
    The same for me, a speaker of BrE. I would be able to guess its meaning if it came up in a third-rate sitcom.

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