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    Default Yeah right

    Yeah right you have money.
    What does it mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Yeah right you have money.
    What does it mean?
    It could mean several things, depending on the intonation (and the punctuation)
    i. It's OK for you to say 'buy this' and 'buy that'. You have money!
    ii. You have money? I don't believe you.
    iii. That's a good idea! You can afford it.
    etc.

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    Default Re: Yeah right

    By the context, itīs the second one. But how can I check the intonation?

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    Default Re: Yeah right

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    By the context, itīs the second one. But how can I check the intonation?
    ii. You have money? I don't believe you.

    The first sentence would sound like a question, with a rising tone at the end, and the second would sound like a contemptuous dismissal of the first.
    Of course, if you're reading it, you can't.

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    Default Re: Yeah right

    Here's how the intonations would sound to me:
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It could mean several things, depending on the intonation (and the punctuation)
    i. It's OK for you to say 'buy this' and 'buy that'. You have money! Yeah right. (slight pausse) YOU (accent) have money.

    ii. You have money? I don't believe you. Yeah RIGHT you have money - no pause at all between "right' and "you."

    iii. That's a good idea! You can afford it. Yeah right! (emphasis on right). You have MONey.

    etc.
    Without any context at all, my inclination is to read "Yeah right" as an expression of doubt. Yeah right your parents have their own Greek island. Yeah right Jimmy Anderson asked you to the dance. Yeah right you got a 100 on the algebra test.

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    Default Re: Yeah right

    As for the second case, the expression of doubt, could I only say YEAH RIGHT but still make myself clear, using the right entonation and, of course, facial expression? Like:
    - My parents have their own Greek island.
    - Yeah right...
    Last edited by beachboy; 07-Dec-2008 at 13:34. Reason: lack of attention

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    Default Re: Yeah right

    Absolutely.

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    Default Re: Yeah right

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    As for the second case, the expression of doubt, could I only say YEAH RIGHT but still make myself clear, using the right entonation and, of course, facial expression? Like:
    - My parents have their own Greek house.
    - Yeah right...
    In speech there is a very slight pause (or maybe no pause at all) between the two words. In writing end punctuation is used after both words, and more emphasis is put on the second one. Example:
    A: My parents own their own island.
    B: Yeah. Right.

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