Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    morningtrain is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    7
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default meaning of "what wouldn't I say?"

    M: Where's your hometown?
    W: I come from a small town outside of Seoul.
    M: Oh. Well, if you were to compare that town to Seoul, what would you say?
    W: What wouldn't I say? It's completely different!

    -----------------------------------------------------------
    What does
    "what wouldn't I say?" mean here? Does that mean "I have no idea."? If not, "I have nothing to say?"

    Could you tell me when you usually use this expression? Any comments would be appreciated.

  2. #2
    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    14,494
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: meaning of "what wouldn't I say?"

    What does "what wouldn't I say?" mean here? Does that mean "I have no idea."? If not, "I have nothing to say?"
    It means the exact opposite: 'I have such a lot to say (that I hardly know where to start).'

    You could also say 'How long have you got? (It will take me such a long time to answer your question.)'

    Rover

  3. #3
    morningtrain is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Korean
      • Home Country:
      • South Korea
      • Current Location:
      • South Korea
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    7
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: meaning of "what wouldn't I say?"

    Thanks for your explanation, Rover_KE. So helpful.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17-Oct-2012, 04:25
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2011, 19:24
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Jan-2011, 09:25
  4. Meaning of "angelic","reckon","bow"
    By Adam Cruge in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Jul-2010, 11:04
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Jun-2010, 02:25

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •