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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.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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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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