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    #1

    You could use some.

    A friend of mine says," Do you want to get some coffee?''

    I answer back," You could use some."

    The first sentece means that my friend wants me to go and get some coffee for him.

    When I reply, I mean that I would gladly drink one, If he will go and get it from the coffee machine.

    Am I right?

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    #2

    Re: You could use some.

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    A friend of mine says," Do you want to get some coffee?''

    I answer back," You could use some."

    The first sentece means that my friend wants me to go and get some coffee for him.

    When I reply, I mean that I would gladly drink one, If he will go and get it from the coffee machine.

    Am I right?
    No, if you say "You could use some", you are telling him that he needs to drink coffee.

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    Re: You could use some.

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    A friend of mine says," Do you want to get some coffee?''

    I answer back," You could use some."

    The first sentece means that my friend wants me to go and get some coffee for him.

    When I reply, I mean that I would gladly drink one, If he will go and get it from the coffee machine.

    Am I right?
    I understand it's an exchange of "pleasantries".
    - How about some coffee?
    - Very kind of you to offer to get me some.

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    Re: You could use some.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pokemon View Post
    I understand it's an exchange of "pleasantries".
    - How about some coffee?
    - Very kind of you to offer to get me some.
    So It's like "Sure I would like to get some."?

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    Re: You could use some.

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So It's like "Sure, I would like to have some."
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    Re: You could use some.

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So It's like "Sure I would like to get some."?
    It's like "I'd like to have some but I don't feel like going for it myself, so why don't you go get some for the both of us?"

    Oh, and good evening to the English gentleman!

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    #7

    Re: You could use some.

    The first statement doesn't say who is going to get the coffee.

    If you want to make it clear that only if he is going to get the coffee that you want some (and you're not willing to go yourself), then you could say "Oh, if you're going to get some, I'd love a cup. Thanks!"

    If someone said to me "You could use some" I would think I must be acting kind of sleepy and dull and assume he thinks I need to perk up.
    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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    Re: You could use some.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The first statement doesn't say who is going to get the coffee.

    If you want to make it clear that only if he is going to get the coffee that you want some (and you're not willing to go yourself), then you could say "Oh, if you're going to get some, I'd love a cup. Thanks!"

    If someone said to me "You could use some" I would think I must be acting kind of sleepy and dull and assume he thinks I need to perk up.
    I'll extend it a bit this time. This one I've taken from episode 10 "Haven"

    An FBI agent is sitting at the desk working a case. Another agent comes up to her desk. She stops writing, looks at him and says, "Hey, do you want to get some coffee?"
    He replies," You could use some." Than he goes on," Black for me. Thanks.I think I'm done with the fancy stuff."
    She stands up and is headed for the coffee machine.

    The way I take it in this context it means " If you are going to get youself a coffee, get one for me as well." What do you think? Am I right?
    Last edited by ostap77; 20-Sep-2010 at 19:55.

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    Re: You could use some.

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I'll extended a bit this time. This one I've taken from episode 10 "Haven"

    An FBI agent is sitting at the desk working a case. Another agent comes up to her desk. She stops writing, looks at him and says, "Hey, do you want to get some coffee?"
    He replies," You could use some." Than he goes on," Black for me. Thanks.I think I'm done with the fancy stuff."
    She stands up and is headed for the coffee machine.

    The way I take it in this context it means " If you are going to get youself a coffee, get one for me as well." What do you think? Am I right?
    As far as I understand, you didn't see the text, you heard it. Is it possible you misheard something? Could it have been like this? - Do you want me to get you some coffee? - I could use some. Black for me. Thanks.

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    Re: You could use some.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pokemon View Post
    As far as I understand, you didn't see the text, you heard it. Is it possible you misheard something? Could it have been like this? - Do you want me to get you some coffee? - I could use some. Black for me. Thanks.
    That's exactly what the guy said in that episode. They didn't talk mile a minute like in old american movies from the 40s. I could hear them talking clearly. If you want to check it out with the original, it's called "Haven" a sciencefiction series. You might well dowload it from here www.ex.ua.
    Last edited by ostap77; 20-Sep-2010 at 20:12.

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