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    If ever I'd seen one

    What does this phrase mean:

    "If ever I'd seen one"

    example: "A cookie connoisseur if ever I'd seen one!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by smk View Post
    What does this phrase mean:

    "If ever I'd seen one"

    example: "A cookie connoisseur if ever I'd seen one!"

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    Now, that's a chocolate chip cookie if ever I did see one!

    That really looks like a good chocolate chip cookie, and, of course, I've seen plenty of chocolate chip cookies.

    I can't recall hearing this expression with "seen". The way I used it in my example sentence is how I know it.


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    Re: If ever I'd seen one

    Quote Originally Posted by smk View Post
    What does this phrase mean:

    "If ever I'd seen one"

    example: "A cookie connoisseur if ever I'd seen one!"

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    I would say, '(He's) a cookie connoisseur, if ever I've seen one!'


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    Re: If ever I'd seen one

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I would say, '(He's) a cookie connoisseur, if ever I've seen one'.
    Okay, that makes sense to me. Then, yes, with "seen" but with "have" for present perfect, not 'd, of course.



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    Re: If ever I'd seen one

    Now, that's a chocolate chip cookie if ever I did see one!
    Now, that's a chocolate chip cookie if ever I've seen one!

    Say it that way, too?

    Yes, that's good.

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    Re: If ever I'd seen one

    Quote Originally Posted by smk View Post
    What does this phrase mean:

    "If ever I'd seen one"

    example: "A cookie connoisseur if ever I'd seen one!"

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    To me, "if ever I've seen one" basically means "it's obvious".
    If you'd only ever seen one cookie connoisser in your life, you could tell that this person was one.
    This person is so obviously a cookie connoisseur that you would be able to tell, even if you had only ever seen one cookie connoisseur in your life.
    (My interpretation differs a little from PROESL's example, in which he deems it necessary to have seen a lot of cookie connoisseurs. Perhaps it derived that way, but I can't get that meaning from the words).
    Last edited by Raymott; 22-Aug-2009 at 07:44.

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