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    Hi,

    Look at this ironic sentence:

    My mother-in-law is a brilliant woman.

    I wonder why the speaker said this in spite of the literal 'My ... is bossy, etc.'

    I know an answer could be 'to criticise'. Anything else apart from that?

    Thank you very much.

    Csika
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    Default Re: irony

    We would need far more context to comment. On its own, the sentence 'My mother-in-law is a brilliant woman' is not ironic.
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    Default Re: irony

    Ok. Two friends are talking. One of them got married last Saturday. His friend asks:

    How about your mother-in-law? What is she like?

    As a reply the other says in an ironic tone of voice:

    She is brilliant.

    Why do you think he said that in an ironic tone of voice?

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    Default Re: irony

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Ok. Two friends are talking. One of them got married last Saturday. His friend asks:

    How about your mother-in-law? What is she like?

    As a reply the other says in an ironic tone of voice:

    She is brilliant.

    Why do you think he said that in an ironic tone of voice?
    Presumably he was intending to be sarcastic.
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    Default Re: irony

    Hm. I thought irony and sarcasm were the same thing.

    Csika

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    Default Re: irony

    Quote Originally Posted by Csika View Post
    Hm. I thought irony and sarcasm were the same thing.

    Csika
    They're not. Look at the lyrics of "Ironic" by Alannis Morissette here for plenty of examples of irony.

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    Default Re: irony

    Sarcasm is a subset of irony. I will now proceed to write an ironic sentence:

    "Alanis Morisette is an expert on the subject of irony."

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