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    #1

    will/might as well

    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
    1. I'll drop you at the station, as I'm going in that direction.
    2. I might as well drop you at the station, as I'm going in that direction.

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    Re: will/might as well

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
    1. I'll drop you at the station, as I'm going in that direction.
    2. I might as well drop you at the station, as I'm going in that direction.
    The ultimate meaning is the same, he or she is offering you a lift to the station.


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    Re: will/might as well

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
    1. I'll drop you at the station, as I'm going in that direction.
    2. I might as well drop you at the station, as I'm going in that direction.
    "Might as well" carries an implication of choices, so it is used to "soften" requests or advice, or to express commands and intentions in a more polite or softer way.

    This is like using "you might as well" in place of "you should."

    Saying "I might as well" instead of "I will" is to make it softer, more optional, more considerate of the other person's wishes and agency.

    The teacher doesn't say, "You might as well turn this assignment in by Friday."
    It isn't optional and there's no reason to suggest that it is.

    The teacher might say, "You might as well select R&J for your term paper; it's more fun to read than Macbeth." <shrug> "That's my opinion, but it's up to you. It's your call."

    "You should turn this paper in on time -- at least, that's my advice! Otherwise, you will lose points."
    Last edited by Ann1977; 09-Oct-2009 at 15:52.

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