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    Though you think they would have done anything?

    Dear all,

    There is a sentence I hardly to understand in this paragraph. Please take a look on the bold sentence:

    "Yes, thanks Ryan, some risk you took there. That Baku guy is sick. Though you think they would have done anything?" I said, striving for a cool I didn't feel.
    “Who knows? Maybe not,” Ryan rotated a shoulder, “But you can never tell when guys get into mob mentality.”

    Could you please explain the meaning or suggest the alternative sentence?

    A bunch of thanks from me


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    #2

    Re: Though you think they would have done anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Selviya87 View Post
    Dear all,

    There is a sentence I hardly to understand in this paragraph. Please take a look on the bold sentence:

    "Yes, thanks Ryan, some risk you took there. That Baku guy is sick. Though you think they would have done anything?" I said, striving for a cool I didn't feel.
    “Who knows? Maybe not,” Ryan rotated a shoulder, “But you can never tell when guys get into mob mentality.”

    Could you please explain the meaning or suggest the alternative sentence?

    A bunch of thanks from me









    Selviya87

    Apparently, Ryan saved the speaker from some bad guys. (The speaker

    thanks Ryan for taking a risk.) Then the speaker, trying to be cool

    (not caring) asks Ryan: Though [here the word might mean something

    like "but"] you think [that] they [really] would have done something bad

    to me or you when you rescued me]? Then Ryan says that he doesn't

    know but when guys start thinking like mobsters/gangsters, anything

    can happen.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    #3

    Re: Though you think they would have done anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Selviya87 View Post
    Dear all,

    There is a sentence I hardly to understand in this paragraph. Please take a look on the bold sentence:

    "Yes, thanks Ryan, some risk you took there. That Baku guy is sick. Though you think they would have done anything?" I said, striving for a cool I didn't feel.
    “Who knows? Maybe not,” Ryan rotated a shoulder, “But you can never tell when guys get into mob mentality.”

    Could you please explain the meaning or suggest the alternative sentence?

    A bunch of thanks from me


    Selviya87
    It means "Though, do you think they would have done anything?"

    Sometimes, colloquially, 'do' is left out.

    A: You're clever!
    B: [Do] You think so?

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    Re: Though you think they would have done anything?

    Incidentally, where did you find this text? Last time I 'rotated a shoulder' I was carving a joint of lamb.

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    Re: Though you think they would have done anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Incidentally, where did you find this text? Last time I 'rotated a shoulder' I was carving a joint of lamb.

    b
    Good point. It's also taught in basic writing classes that you cannot rotate a shoulder, "Who knows? Maybe not".

    The sentence should read: “Who knows? Maybe not,” said Ryan, rotating a shoulder, “But you can never tell when guys get into mob mentality.”
    OR
    “Who knows? Maybe not.” Ryan rotated a shoulder. “But you can never tell when guys get into mob mentality.”

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    #6

    Re: Though you think they would have done anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by hamburg113 View Post
    Hi

    You can find this info by using search box in the top of website with some keywords related before posting questions.
    Hi hamburg113

    To be perfectly fair, I, personally, wouldn't have expected to receive answers #2-#5 to the OP's question, from experienced posters, via the search facility.

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    Re: Though you think they would have done anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by erric View Post
    me too
    If you want to agree to a negative proposition, such as Route21's, you say "me either", not "me too".

    A: "I'm not a duck."
    B: "Me either." ("I'm not a duck either; Neither am I a duck.")

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    Re: Though you think they would have done anything?

    Oops!

    hamburg113 & erric appear to have disappeared from the members' lists along with their quoted posts!

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    Re: Though you think they would have done anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If you want to agree to a negative proposition, such as Route21's, you say "me either", not "me too".

    A: "I'm not a duck."
    B: "Me either." ("I'm not a duck either; Neither am I a duck.")
    Hi Raymott

    That's an interesting one - did you mean "Me neither"?

    As a NES, but not a teacher, in response to : "I'm not a duck", I would probably have said: "Me neither". "Me either" seems a bit unusual.

    If you did mean: "Me either", I stand corrected - but surprised.

    Best regards
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    Re: Though you think they would have done anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    Hi Raymott

    That's an interesting one - did you mean "Me neither"?

    As a NES, but not a teacher, in response to : "I'm not a duck", I would probably have said: "Me neither". "Me either" seems a bit unusual.

    If you did mean: "Me either", I stand corrected - but surprised.

    Best regards
    R21
    Well, I say "me either". That is normal in AusE. You can say "me neither".
    But "me too" is not right anywhere, as far as I know.

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