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    #1

    not if I can help it

    Hi

    One person asks another: You ride a horse?

    The other person replies: Not if I can help it.

    Does it mean: "No, if only I can do without it".

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    Re: not if I can help it

    It is a somewhat humorous answer.

    It means she tries not to ride horses. She only rides a horse if she has no choice. Maybe she never rides horses.

    I am not sure what you meant by "No, if only I can do without it"

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    Re: not if I can help it

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    It is a somewhat humorous answer.

    It means she tries not to ride horses. She only rides a horse if she has no choice. Maybe she never rides horses.

    I am not sure what you meant by "No, if only I can do without it"
    Hi

    I meant: I don't ride horses if I don't have to (I can do without them).

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    Re: not if I can help it

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    I meant: I don't ride horses if I don't have to (I can do without them).
    That's great, you had it right then.

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