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    What does the phrase mean?

    Are they though?
    What's the meaning ?

    Thanks!

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    Are you sure you don't mean are they through? It means "Are they finished?"

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    I agree with Ron, but it could also have another meaning in competitions- Are they through to the next stage. However, without further context, I would go for Ron meaning every time.

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    Thank you two for the replies.
    I found that phrase in a dialogue:

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    A:Of course.
    B:You should say sure instead of of course.
    C:Are they though?

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    'Are they though' is a way of questioning the truth of what the other speaker has said:

    'The guy in the shop said these chairs are 17th century French.'
    'Are they, though?' = I'm not so sure of that.

    HTH

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    Good answer, Tdol! Good example, too!

    :D :D

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