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    Default You can have it

    Hi,
    Situation:
    Two boys playing in the sand pit. One boy gives his toy to the other boy and says:"You can have it."
    Question:
    Does he mean that he gave it to the other boy as a present or does he mean that he can only play with it and the return it later.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: You can have it

    Either meaning is possible. The second is probably more likely in this context, but we cannot be sure.

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    Default Re: You can have it

    It depends on intonation, expression and what else is said.

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    Default Re: You can have it

    ...and how old the boys are.

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