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    Default Which is the best response?

    - Do you know how old am I?
    - ___________.
    a. I couldn't help it.
    b. Happy birthday.
    c. Don't mention it.
    d. I haven't a clue.

    Does the speaker of the first sentence mean anything else apart from asking the other if he knows his age?
    I'll choose d but I'm not sure. If d is correct, can I say "I haven't a clue" instead of " I haven't got a clue" or "I don't have a clue"? Is it OK if I use it in my essay or speak to others?
    I hope to receive help from you. Thanks.
    ngoc_lan.

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    Default Re: Which is the best response?

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    - Do you know how old am I?
    - ___________.
    a. I couldn't help it.
    b. Happy birthday.
    c. Don't mention it.
    d. I haven't a clue.

    Does the speaker of the first sentence mean anything else apart from asking the other if he knows his age?
    I'll choose d but I'm not sure. If d is correct, can I say "I haven't a clue" instead of " I haven't got a clue" or "I don't have a clue"? Is it OK if I use it in my essay or speak to others?
    I hope to receive help from you. Thanks.
    ngoc_lan.
    d is correct. Yes, you can use it.

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    Default Re: Which is the best response?

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    Do you know how old am I?

    Does the speaker of the first sentence mean anything else apart from asking the other if he knows his age?
    [not a teacher]

    No, there is not hidden meaning here. With context, there can be lots of subtext.

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    Default Re: Which is the best response?

    Thanks a lot!

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