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    you go, X

    Hi

    If somebody says: You go, John.

    Does it mean: Move on, John. Go ahead, John. Or something like this?
    Last edited by GUEST2008; 11-Nov-2010 at 16:00.

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    Re: you go, X

    It could mean several things. More context would be helpful.

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    Re: you go, X

    The narrator in a book says:

    Intelligence was a nasty, dirty business and necessitated each side to get as filthy as the other. The only rule was there never had been any rules at all. No, actually he was wrong. There was one rule. People like Macklin Hayes (important general) did remain above it all. Untouchable. And yet that rule was not absolute. Look at Carter Gray. John Carr (the killer) had pulled him (Carter Gray) right down into the trench shit with him.

    The character thinks to himself: You go, John.

    Does it help?

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    #4

    Re: you go, X

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Does it help?
    Not really, I am afraid.

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    Re: you go, X

    Well, more context can be found here: Читать "Divine Justice" - Страница 24 - Baldacci David - Litru.ru

    but I don't know if this will help.

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    Re: you go, X

    Sorry. I read the whole extract, but it means nothing to me. Let's hope it means something to somebody else on this forum.

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    #7

    Re: you go, X

    In AmE, "You go, X!" is an exclamation of support or encouragement. For example, it's quite common on some talk shows to hear audience members shout "You go, girl!" after a woman on the panel publicly chastises her husband for cheating on her. "You go, X!" is the modern equivalent of "right on!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In AmE, "You go, X!" is an exclamation of support or encouragement. For example, it's quite common on some talk shows to hear audience members shout "You go, girl!" after a woman on the panel publicly chastises her husband for cheating on her. "You go, X!" is the modern equivalent of "right on!"
    Thanks for that, Ouisch. Armed with your information, I went back to the extract. It seems to fit, but still appears strange to me - a speaker of BrE who does not know the expression.

    Does it sound natural to you in that extract?

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    #9

    Re: you go, X

    Totally.

    Ouisch, you go girl!
    You go, Ouisch!

    Same thing.
    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 go, X

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    The narrator in a book says:

    Intelligence was a nasty, dirty business and necessitated each side to get as filthy as the other. The only rule was there never had been any rules at all. No, actually he was wrong. There was one rule. People like Macklin Hayes (important general) did remain above it all. Untouchable. And yet that rule was not absolute. Look at Carter Gray. John Carr (the killer) had pulled him (Carter Gray) right down into the trench shit with him.

    The character thinks to himself: You go, John.

    Does it help?
    By the way: what does "trench shit" mean? Is it a single noun, or maybe the word "shit" just describes the trench meaning it is so bad, smelly and the such.

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