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    Default I knew you had it in you

    I know this expression normally means something like "I knew you could do it" but in the book I'm reading it's what a father tells his son when he tells him he's going to be a father (and it will be his father's first grandson).

    He wasn't challenged in any way as if they were trying to have a baby but it didn't work, it was just something unexpected so I'm not sure I understand the meaning in this context. Thank you!
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    Default Re: I knew you had it in you

    It's a crude way of saying, "I knew you were capable of fathering a child."

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    Default Re: I knew you had it in you

    Thanks again.

    The father is a caring and sweet person and he's very moved by the news so it doesn't make sense that he'd say something that rude. It's an Irish novel. Could it be some kind of Irish colloquialism which implies a different nuance?

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    Default Re: I knew you had it in you

    I don't see it as being particularly crude in this context, but as indicating a certain pride in his son achieving fatherhood.

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    Default Re: I knew you had it in you

    Thanks. Could you please provide an example with a similar expression so that I can understand the meaning?

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    Default Re: I knew you had it in you

    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina de Felipe View Post
    Thanks again.

    The father is a caring and sweet person and he's very moved by the news so it doesn't make sense that he'd say something that rude. It's an Irish novel. Could it be some kind of Irish colloquialism which implies a different nuance?
    It's not at all rude, I can well imagine an Irish father saying "Ah that's great son, I knew you had it in you." he is simply expressing pride and happiness.

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