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    To stick it on

    This is a dialogue from the tv series Extras:

    00:11:12,040 --> 00:11:13,598
    -So you don't do celebrity discount?
    -No.

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    00:11:13,680 --> 00:11:17,992
    -No, not 1%? Couldn't give me 1%?
    -Oh, okay. I'll do you a 1% discount.

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    00:11:19,120 --> 00:11:23,159
    -What's that?
    -On £2,500? £25.

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    Not worth it.
    I'd rather you stuck it on if anything.
    Can someone explain what "to stick on" means here? Is this the phrasal verb "to stick something on"? The COED defines this as: Place the blame for a mistake or wrongdoing on. However, I still don't get it.

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    Re: To stick it on

    The character in this episode of Extras is pretending that he has plenty of money and can pay for his friend's dress. However, he still tries to get a discount but it turns out to be such a small amount that he says to the saleswoman, don't bother taking the £25 off the price, in fact you might as well stick it on… that is, add it to the price. So he is trying to get a discount while at the same time pretending that he doesn't care about the money.

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    Re: To stick it on

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    The character in this episode of Extras is pretending that he has plenty of money and can pay for his friend's dress. However, he still tries to get a discount but it turns out to be such a small amount that he says to the saleswoman, don't bother taking the £25 off the price, in fact you might as well stick it on… that is, add it to the price. So he is trying to get a discount while at the same time pretending that he doesn't care about the money.

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    Hello. Would you please give me some explanation about my question?
    I tried to find some definitions on the internet, but I can't still make sense of "if anything.
    Is it okay to understand "if anything" as a something making sentence ambiguous in the dialogue?

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    Re: To stick it on

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    Hello. Would you please give me some explanation about my question?
    I tried to find some definitions on the internet, but I can't still make sense of "if anything.
    Is it okay to understand "if anything" as a something making sentence ambiguous in the dialogue?
    I am having trouble deciding which of the two following explanations will be most useful, so I will give you both:

    If [you do] anything [at all], I would rather you added £25 to the price.
    If anything is true, it's that I would prefer that you add £25 to the price.



    We use "if anything" when we contradict a previously stated fact or a previously held belief:

    My friend says she has been dieting and has lost 12 kilos. I can't see it. If anything, I think she has gained weight.
    I asked the teachers on the Improve My English website to make my essay better. They've made loads of corrections but I really don't think the essay is better. If anything, it's now worse.

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    Re: To stick it on

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    Hello. Would you please give me some explanation about my question?
    I tried to find some definitions on the internet, but I can't still make sense of "if anything.
    Is it okay to understand "if anything" as a something making sentence ambiguous in the dialogue?
    If you have a question, start your own thread. Do not hijack the threads of other members.

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    Re: To stick it on

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If you have a question, start your own thread. Do not hijack the threads of other members.
    But, that was about the phrase used in the original thread. So I had to ask here because I didn't understand the thread starter's.
    Last edited by eggcracker; 09-Jun-2012 at 18:55.

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    Re: To stick it on

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    But, that was about the phrase used in original thread. So I had to ask here because I didn't understand the thread starter's.
    The words 'if anything' happened to be in the original question, but this thread was about 'stick it on'. You did not have to ask your question in this thread. Indeed, as bhaisahab suggested, it should have been in a new thread. When people try to respond to different questions in a single thread, threads can become very confusing.

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    Re: To stick it on

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The words 'if anything' happened to be in the original question, but this thread was about 'stick it on'. You did not have to ask your question in this thread. Indeed, as bhaisahab suggested, it should have been in a new thread. When people try to respond to different questions in a single thread, threads can become very confusing.
    Umm? I thought I should ask question in the same thread if the question relates to the tread.
    Is it okay to write similar question again?

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    Re: To stick it on

    The original question has been answered, so I am closing this thread before it gets completely lost. If any of you have questions arising from posts here, please start a new thread with one question.

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