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    #1

    Which is the best?

    ---Your iPad looks nice. Can I borrow it?
    ---_______________.
    A. Help yourself B. Go ahead C. Out of the question D. Come on

    Which of the four is the best answer? Some of my colleague teachers think it hard to decide between A and B. I agree. But what about C, when simply do not want to lend your precious thing to others.
    Please help me! Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: Which is the best?

    A, B and (for refusal) C are all possible. In speech, with the right intonation, D is also possible in speech. It could mean, with the right intonation, "Do you take me for an idiot?"

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    #3

    Re: Which is the best?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    A, B and (for refusal) C are all possible. In speech, with the right intonation, D is also possible in speech. It could mean, with the right intonation, "Do you take me for an idiot?"
    Isn't "help yourself" used especially for food? Help yourself to some salad.
    Thanks a lot

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    #4

    Re: Which is the best?

    It can be used for anything- not only/especially food.

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