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    #1

    now you tell me

    Dear teachers,

    Could you please explain to me the meaning of the bold-sentence below:

    I gave a tiny smile. "Nice try,” I said. “You were a fool but you were good. If you stay good, come back and stick around a little longer next time—you never know what might happen. I might just marry you.”

    And now you tell me, he said. He gave me a long, sweet look, holding me with his eyes just as deeply and as fiercely as any man could use his body.

    Sorry for the long quotes. I give it in case you need the complete context.

    Thanks a lot for your help :)

    selviya87

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    #2

    Re: now you tell me

    I am guessing that the information that she would consider marrying him would have been welcome news prior to this.
    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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    #3

    Re: now you tell me

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I am guessing that the information that she would consider marrying him would have been welcome news prior to this.
    I agree. The 'now' would be heavily stressed.

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    #4

    Re: now you tell me

    Thanks a lot, Mr. fivedjon, and also Ms. Barb_D :) It really helps :D

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