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    So what do you have to say?

    So what do you have to say? (No context)

    Hi teachers,
    What does the above sentence mean? I read it from a Enlish-studying website and its Chinese version says that 'This is just what I want to do.' As far as I could see, the version is wrongly translated, and it should be 'what do you want to say?', right?

    Any opinions are greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
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    Re: So what do you have to say?

    Quote Originally Posted by 羡鱼-Xianyu View Post
    So what do you have to say? (No context)

    Hi teachers,
    What does the above sentence mean? I read it from a Enlish-studying website and its Chinese version says that 'This is just what I want to do.' As far as I could see, the version is wrongly translated, and it should be 'what do you want to say?', right?

    Any opinions are greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning.

    (1) I don't know the context, so I can't answer your specific question.

    (2) I do know that "So what do you have to say?" means something like:

    TOM: Did you wish to see me, sir?

    MR. SMITH: Yes, I did. Mona says that you have been very rude to her. So what do you have to say? = What is your side/explanation.

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: So what do you have to say?

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    Good morning.

    (1) I don't know the context, so I can't answer your specific question.

    (2) I do know that "So what do you have to say?" means something like:

    TOM: Did you wish to see me, sir?

    MR. SMITH: Yes, I did. Mona says that you have been very rude to her. So what do you have to say? = What is your side/explanation.

    Have a nice day!
    Good afternoon, TheParser. (Perhaps I should say 'Good Morning' to you. Now it must be morning in your country. )

    Thank you for your good example. It easily helps me to understand this sentence's meaning.

    Have a nice day to you, too!

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    Re: So what do you have to say?

    Thank you, Xianyu, for your kind note. Have a nice day.

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    Re: So what do you have to say?

    Hello Xianyu,
    You were right. "So, what you have to say"? either means 'what's your opinion' or 'what you do think? ' or as the Parser suggested 'explain or justify one's actions'

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    Re: So what do you have to say?

    Quote Originally Posted by 羡鱼-Xianyu View Post
    So what do you have to say? (No context)

    Hi teachers,
    What does the above sentence mean? I read it from a Enlish-studying website and its Chinese version says that 'This is just what I want to do.' As far as I could see, the version is wrongly translated, and it should be 'what do you want to say?', right?

    Any opinions are greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
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    Hello again.

    (1) bds51 was very helpful in pointing out another explanation:

    BOSS: Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have given you my ideas. What do you all have to say about the situation? = An invitation to share ideas.

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    Another example of the other meaning (justify your actions):

    MOTHER (says angrily to her little boy): The school principal says that you have been rude to your teacher. Well, young man, what do you have to say for yourself!!!!!

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