Student or Learner
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?
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.
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.
Last edited by ostap77; 20-Sep-2010 at 20:12.