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    Hello

    When someone says to me "I have a funny feeling I think I know why". what is the person really telling me?

    Why not just say "I think I (may) know why"?

    When and how would you use this expression and why??

    Thanks a lot in advance!

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    Default Re: I have a funny feeling

    "I have a funny feeling, I think I know why".
    "I have a funny feeling, I think I know why." = "I know why I have a funny feeling, I think." = "I believe (that) I know why I have a funny feeling." = "I believe (that) I know why I have that hunch."

    e.g.

    "I have a funny feeling that my girlfriend is going out with another guy!"
    Last edited by Temico; 06-Oct-2005 at 16:55.

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    Default Re: I have a funny feeling

    Thanks for your reply.

    I should have explained a little more.

    Say, I told a person "I am stressed" adn the person replies "I am really sorry to hear you are stressed. I have a funny feeling I think I know why".

    In this context, what is the person really telling me? Is the person AFRAID that he/she knows why? Is the person telling me his/her instinct is telling her something that explains why?

    How would you use that expression "I have a funny feeling"?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: I have a funny feeling

    Say, I told a person "I am stressed" and the person replies "I am really sorry to hear you are stressed. I have a funny feeling I think I know why".
    "I am really sorry to hear you are stressed. I have a funny feeling I think I know why"= "I am really sorry to hear you are stressed. I have a funny feeling. I think I know why (you are stressed)"

    You have to add a (.) after "funny feeling". "I have a funny feeling." = " I can feel it but can't prove it."

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    Default Re: I have a funny feeling

    In addition to what Temico said, I think the phrase has more function than meaning- it suggests something (the hunch) and makes you ask them what it is- it's a tentative way of exploring something. If, say, they had to say something difficult, but which a true friend couldn't avoid, then they could use this phrase as a starter- you then have to ask them to tell you, so they have permission. They could then start 'well, err, I think, that it could be...' This would be much better than saying 'you're stressed because you're about to be sacked' or something like that, which would be cold and likely to be badly received.

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    Default Re: I have a funny feeling

    This is great. Thank you so much!! I am learning!

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