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    Hi

    A police officer was talking to a certain guy. At the end of the conversation he gave him a card and told him: Call me if you don't think of anything else.

    That sentence sounds a bit strange to me. Does it just mean: If you remind yourself anything call me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    A police officer was talking to a certain guy. At the end of the conversation he gave him a card and told him: Call me if you don't think of anything else.

    That sentence sounds a bit strange to me. Does it just mean: If you remind yourselfremember/recall anything else call me.
    It certainly is strange. It makes real sense only if you omit don't.

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    Re: call me if you ...

    Maybe it will change anything if I give more context.

    The police officer was talking to a librarian about a certain guy who probably killed somebody.
    The librarian said that he doesn't know anything about it.

    Officer asked: Anything else you can tell me?

    Librarian replied: Not unless it has to do with rare books

    Officer says: Call me if you don't think of anything else.

    Officer left the room.

    Does this "don't" make more sense now?

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    #4

    Re: call me if you ...

    He was being sarcastic. The guy didn't know anything, couldn't think of anything, etc.

    So instead of saying "Call me if you think of anything else," he said that, showing his irritation that the guy wouldn't/couldn't tell him anything.

    CONTEXT IS SO IMPORTANT!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Officer says: Call me if you don't think of anything else.

    Does this "don't" make more sense now?
    Not really, I'm afraid.

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    Re: call me if you ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    He was being sarcastic. The guy didn't know anything, couldn't think of anything, etc.

    So instead of saying "Call me if you think of anything else," he said that, showing his irritation that the guy wouldn't/couldn't tell him anything.

    CONTEXT IS SO IMPORTANT!

    Hi

    Could you rephrase the original sentence?

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    Re: call me if you ...

    Call me if you think of anything else, but considering how helpful you've been so far, that doesn't seem very likely.
    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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