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    Default How to answer this?

    Honey, the cat's stuck in the tree. Can you turn off the radio and get a ladder…?
    —Oh, it jumped off. _______ .
    A.All right B. Take care C. Never mind D. No problem

    I came across such a puzzling conversation.
    Is it naturally made from a native's point of view?
    Which reply is socially fit for this situation?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Default Re: How to answer this?

    Yes, it sounds like a perfectly plausible, fairly informal conversation. Which answer do you think fits? Or which definitely don't fit?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: How to answer this?

    Frankly speaking, I got confused over it.

    So I NEED your help and explanation!

    Thanks

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    Default Re: How to answer this?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Frankly speaking, I got confused over it.

    So I NEED your help and explanation!

    Thanks
    Confusion is a common and standard expectation but we still don't like to simply give you the answer. Let us take one of the choices as an example: B. Take care.

    What does that phrase mean? Does it fit with the rest of the conversation?
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    Default Re: How to answer this?

    OK. I got your point.

    "Take care" means "be careful"
    "Never mind", in my opinion, is used after replying to "sorry" in order to comfort others.
    "All right" and "No problem" seem to have the same meaning.

    Therefore, I don't know which one to choose from, since none within my knowledge fits in with the situation.

    Maybe "never mind" is closest to the answer, that's also what I want to confirm with you.

    So can you give an answer to me now?

    Thanks anyway!

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    Default Re: How to answer this?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    OK. I got your point.

    "Take care" means "be careful"
    "Never mind", in my opinion, is used after replying to "sorry" in order to comfort others.
    "All right" and "No problem" seem to have the same meaning.

    Therefore, I don't know which one to choose from, since none within my knowledge fits in with the situation.

    Maybe "never mind" is closest to the answer, that's also what I want to confirm with you.

    So can you give an answer to me now?

    Thanks anyway!
    "Never mind" is the only one that fits.

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    Default Re: How to answer this?

    "Never mind" is the correct answer, but your confusion comes from your misunderstanding of how it's used.

    If I apologize to you for, say, bumping into you, I would not expect "Never mind" as a response.
    A: I'm sorry about that.
    B: Oh, it's nothing, don't worry about it.
    B: It's quite all right
    B: It's okay.
    B: It's no problem - really.
    B: Thank you. I appreciate your apology
    but not: Never mind (At least, not in American use.)

    "Never mind" means "you don't have to do anything."

    A: Have you seen my glasses? Oh... never mind. They are on top of m head.
    A: Please take out the garbage. Oh, never mind. I see John did it before he left for school.
    A: Get cat - he's stuck in the tree. Oh... never mind. He's jumped down.
    Even: A: Would you please [do X]. After no response: Oh never MIND! I"ll do it myself! (Annoyed)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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