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    #1

    Can you give me a dialogue containing the sentence?

    Hello Everyone,

    I can't catch the meaning of the sentence "What have I done to deserve this?"

    can you give me some dialogue so that I can better understand it?


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    Re: Can you give me a dialogue containing the sentence?

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    Boss-"Henry, you will have to write apologies to all your subordinates."

    Henry-"What why, what have I done to deserve this?"

    Boss-"You
    asked that they give you weekly progress reports."

    Henry-"What? That's a perfectly normal thing to do!"

    Noe that henry feels he doesn't deserve the punishment, and is asking the question rhetorically (in such a way that implies he feels he doesn't deserve it)

    Note also, the genuinely interrogative form.

    Husband-"Welcome home honey, look at the huge meal I made for you!"

    Wife-"Wow, what did I do to deserve this?"

    Husband-"Oh, you've been working so hard lately, I thought you could use a treat."

    Clear?

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    Re: Can you give me a dialogue containing the sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by weiming View Post
    [CAUTION: I am not a teacher:take the advice and or corrections offered in this post at your own risk.
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    Boss-"Henry, you will have to write apologies to all your subordinates."

    Henry-"What why, what have I done to deserve this?"

    Boss-"You asked that they give you weekly progress reports."

    Henry-"What? That's a perfectly normal thing to do!"

    Noe that henry feels he doesn't deserve the punishment, and is asking the question rhetorically (in such a way that implies he feels he doesn't deserve it)

    Note also, the genuinely interrogative form.

    Husband-"Welcome home honey, look at the huge meal I made for you!"

    Wife-"Wow, what did I do to deserve this?"

    Husband-"Oh, you've been working so hard lately, I thought you could use a treat."

    Clear?
    Thanks a million for your time! I got it!

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