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    Dialogue in King's Speech

    Hello!
    When Anthony replied to his Father I'm fine, did it mean that he was ok, he could help; or did it mean that his brothers were ok, he didn't need to help them.
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    LIONEL
    Can't you help your brother with the washing up...

    VALENTINE (Lionel's middle son)
    Iím fine.
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    Thanks in advance
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    Re: Dialogue in King's Speech

    I'm fine - the more polite way to say "No, get lost."

    - Hey Jim, want to buy my scooter?
    - I'm fine. (Get lost)

    Urban Dictionary: I'm fine

    But if you say "I'm fine with it", it may mean "OK, I'll do it".

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    Re: Dialogue in King's Speech

    Many thanks to both of you, great answers!
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    Re: Dialogue in King's Speech

    I'm sorry, I just don't agree with this.

    There is no implication of "get lost." It simply means "I'm fine without any additional help."

    In modern lingo, we'd more more likely to say "I"m good."

    Do you need help with the dishes?
    No, I'm fine. // No, I'm good.

    Remember that this movie is set at the dawn of WWII, so modern usage reported in the Urban Dictionary is not going to be applicable.
    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: Dialogue in King's Speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm sorry, I just don't agree with this.

    There is no implication of "get lost." It simply means "I'm fine without any additional help."

    In modern lingo, we'd more more likely to say "I"m good."

    Do you need help with the dishes?
    No, I'm fine. // No, I'm good.

    Remember that this movie is set at the dawn of WWII, so modern usage reported in the Urban Dictionary is not going to be applicable.
    I didn't get who is who in that context.
    Is the guy saying "I'm fine" the one asked for help or the one who needs it?
    Last edited by Bennevis; 14-Sep-2011 at 15:08.

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