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    Exclamation Play the game

    "To play the game " means to act in a proper manner or to behave in a way that is accepted. But, what does it mean when one says " I will not play this game with you". I am sure it was not literal meaning when I heard it. Does it mean he will not co-operate or he does not agree with me. Unfortunately, I can't reproduce the context, as this phrase has come back to my mind after hearing it in a conversation long back.

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    Re: Play the game

    Without more context, it's really hard to say. He must have felt there was something fake about the way you were interacting and he didn't want any part of it.
    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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    Re: Play the game

    He doesn't want any part of it - sometimes BECAUSE he regards it as trivial or scheming (when it's scheming the idiom is often expanded: 'I'm not going to play your little game' {The scheme could be something like A says something to B so that B will say something else to C so that C will say something else to D so that D will persuade E to do something that A wanted them to do.})

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    Re: Play the game

    thanks Bard_D and BobK.

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    Re: Play the game

    (That's the 'Immortal Bard', I guess)

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