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    We still have time

    I heard a dialogue on the street as follows:-

    Man: How about going to a bar?
    Girl: Not today.
    Man: Why don't you go with me.
    Girl: We still have time. (I think she meant they could go next time)

    The man and the girl are non-native speakers.

    I wonder if it is natural to say,"We still have time' in the above context?

    Thanks.

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    Re: We still have time

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I heard a dialogue on the street as follows:-

    Man: How about going to a bar?
    Girl: Not today.
    Man: Why don't you go with me.
    Girl: We still have time. (I think she meant they could go next time)

    The man and the girl are non-native speakers.

    I wonder if it is natural to say,"We still have time' in the above context?

    Thanks.
    The first two lines could have been spoken by a native speaker but it becomes clearer that they are not native speakers in the third line. The man's response to "Not today" should have been "Why won't you go with me?" or "Why don't you want to go with me?" The girl's response, I think, was supposed to mean "There will be another opportunity to go to a bar together". However, I would have expected to hear "We still have time" if she had agreed to go to a bar with him tonight. Then she would be saying that it was still early enough to go to a bar, ie the bars haven't closed for the night yet.
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    Re: We still have time

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The first two lines could have been spoken by a native speaker but it becomes clearer that they are not native speakers in the third line. The man's response to "Not today" should have been "Why won't you go with me?" or "Why don't you want to go with me?" The girl's response, I think, was supposed to mean "There will be another opportunity to go to a bar together". However, I would have expected to hear "We still have time" if she had agreed to go to a bar with him tonight. Then she would be saying that it was still early enough to go to a bar, ie the bars haven't closed for the night yet.
    Thanks again emsr2d2.

    Quoted "The girl's response, I think, was supposed to mean "There will be another opportunity to go to a bar together." I think you are right.

    However, the girl walked away with her friend (another girl). The man looked disappointed.

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    Re: We still have time

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks again emsr2d2.

    Quoted "The girl's response, I think, was supposed to mean "There will be another opportunity to go to a bar together." I think you are right.

    However, the girl walked away with her friend (another girl). The man looked disappointed.
    Well, if she walked away with someone else, then it makes even more sense that she meant they could go to a bar together some other time (ie another day).
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