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    #1

    What's the meaning of the sentence?

    Dear teachers,
    Please look at the following sentence:
    I could as soon forget you as my own life!
    I can't figour out the meaning.
    help me
    thanks


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    #2
    Hmmm, strange construct.
    Is that grammaticaly correct?

    FRC

  1. Susie Smith
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    #3

    Re: What's the meaning of the sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by japanjapan
    Dear teachers,
    Please look at the following sentence:
    I could as soon forget you as my own life!
    I can't figour out the meaning.
    help me
    thanks
    People have a natural tendency to never forget themselves :D, so the person means it is impossible to forget the person he/she is addressing.


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    #4
    Oh, it's just clicked
    This means "I am as unlikely to forget you as I am unlikely to forget my own life"
    The 'as soon as' construct here is misleading for an ESL student.

    FRC

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