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    Where did you get that idea?

    Hello.

    Where did you get that idea?
    This means "Why do you say so," doesn't it? The idea is a negative thing, isn't it?

    Thank you.


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    Re: Where did you get that idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Where did you get that idea?
    This means "Why do you say so," doesn't it? The idea is a negative thing, isn't it?

    Thank you.
    It means "What makes, or made, you think that?" Here's another way of viewing its meaning, "How did you come to think that?" "What influenced you to think that way?"

    It can be negative, as it's easy to imagine a small amount of annoyance in one's voice to accompany this expression. However, it can also be said in a very neutral way - simply a question, as in "I'd like to know what makes you think that."


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    Re: Where did you get that idea?

    A: Let's just give Tom a call first.
    B: Where did you get that idea?

    Does this dialog sound natural?

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    Re: Where did you get that idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    A: Let's just give Tom a call first.
    B: Where did you get that idea?

    Does this dialog sound natural?
    No, you have to express a belief first before someone can question it.

    A: Let's just give Tom a call first. He's behind the whole plan.
    B: Where did you get that idea?


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    Re: Where did you get that idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, you have to express a belief first before someone can question it.

    A: Let's just give Tom a call first. He's behind the whole plan.
    B: Where did you get that idea?
    In this case, the idea is probably a positive thing, isn't it?


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    Re: Where did you get that idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    In this case, the idea is probably a positive thing, isn't it?
    I'd say it depends on what the plan is. It's hard to speculate on something like this without more context.

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    Re: Where did you get that idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    In this case, the idea is probably a positive thing, isn't it?
    It doesn't have to be either positive or not.
    But your sentence does have to be rearrangeable to say "Where did you get the idea (belief) that Tom is behind the whole plan".
    That is, "idea" is the original phrase, means "belief".
    There is no belief stated in "Let's just give Tom a call first."

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