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    Cool owe

    Hello!!

    Which is the right expression: " you owe me" or "you owe me one"?

    Thank you!

    W

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    Re: owe

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!!

    Which is the right expression: " you owe me" or "you owe me one"?

    Thank you!

    W
    They could both be used.

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    #3

    Re: owe

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    I would choose:
    You owe me one.

    Usually you owe somebody something.
    Leaving out the object makes it sound incomplete (to me), although it might be correct too.

    Cheers!

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    Re: owe

    As usual, context is everything!

    If someone does you one favour, you might say immediately afterwards "That's great. I owe you one!"

    If someone has been doing favours for you for a long period of time and you finally get the opportunity to do something nice for them, you might say "Let me pay for your lunch. After all, I owe you."

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