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    #1

    you are so dead

    From an American ESL book:

    Two friends are eating pizza together.
    A: Ouch! Cathy is gonna kill me.
    B: Is that blouse hers? You're so dead.
    A: Stop talking and help me clean this.

    What does the expression "you're so dead" mean?
    Is it a common American expression?
    Is it also used in BrE ?
    Is it also used without "so"?
    Could you please give me a couple of extra examples with that expression?

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    #2

    Re: you are so dead

    'You are so adjective' is common in both Br and Am English, but the adjective isn't usually a participle: 'The food is so ready', rather than 'the food is so cooked'.

    But recently (I'd say in the last 10-15 years) this restriction has been flouted. The first time I noticed it was in a film when a person at the desk of a drive-thru burger joint said 'You are so busted' (I've forgotten the details, but I think they involved either sexual or marital infidelity on the part of the driver.)

    'You are so dead' isn't such a clear case of a participle, but it sounds to me similar. What it means, in this context, is an emphatic confirmation of 'Cathy will kill me'.

    Sorry, I can't provide examples (not credible ones anyway!) as it's not an idiom I'd be comfortable using.

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    Last edited by BobK; 17-Dec-2009 at 21:41.

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    #3

    Re: you are so dead

    Yes, exactly -- You are in a great deal of trouble.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: you are so dead

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Yes, exactly -- You are in a great deal of trouble.
    You are so right !

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    #5

    Re: you are so dead

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    A: Stop talking and help me clean this.
    Is this really correct?
    I would write "to clean" or "cleaning".
    Or is this a short version of:
    "help me and clean this."?

    Cheers!

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    #6

    Re: you are so dead

    I don't know if this is an American/British difference, but I never use the "to" with help.

    Can you help me paint my living room?
    Please help me clean this!
    She helped him do his homework.

    I have seen similar sentences with the "to paint" or "to clean" where I do not use them.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: you are so dead

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Stop talking and help me clean this.
    Is this really correct?
    I would write "to clean" or "cleaning".
    Or is this a short version of:
    "help me and clean this."?

    Cheers!
    Yes, it is correct.
    "Help me to clean this" sounds strange to my ears, either in AmE or in BrE, no way.
    "Help me cleaning this" could do if the first girl is already cleaning, or if the action is just about to begin.
    No, it is not a short version of "help me and clean this", because both girls are supposed to clean it together.

    PS Not a native speaker

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    #8

    Re: you are so dead

    Like Barb said.

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    Help me clean up.
    Help me set the table.
    Help me cook dinner.
    Help me move this couch.
    Back to the topic:
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    You are so wrong!


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    #9

    Re: you are so dead

    Help me clean this - a very commonly used form
    Help me to clean this - no
    Help me cleaning this - no
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    Help me figure this out.
    Help me learn this.
    Help me do the dishes.



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    #10

    Re: you are so dead

    It works with verbs/auxiliars/whatever this is:

    I am so going to buy this house.
    = I am very interested in buying the house.

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