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    expression of "done deal"?

    Hi all, herewith there's an expression of "done deal" that I don't understand . Ex: You haven't done your shopping yet? No, but Michel is going to help me. It 's a done deal. what do these sentences mean? thanks in advance.

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    Re: expression of "done deal"?

    'It's all arranged.'

    'It's been taken care off.'

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    Re: expression of "done deal"?

    Thank you, so now I understand it.

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    Re: expression of "done deal"?

    We've also adopted into English the French phrase you'll be familiar with - fait accompli.

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    Re: expression of "done deal"?

    Yes, and we can also say "c'est dans la poche", it's an french expression.

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    Re: expression of "done deal"?

    Quote Originally Posted by lyfen View Post
    Yes, and we can also say "c'est dans la poche", it's an french expression.
    I've never heard the French phrase.

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    Re: expression of "done deal"?

    Quote Originally Posted by lyfen View Post
    Yes, and we can also say "c'est dans la poche". It's an French expression.
    I don't find the original a very natural use of "done deal." Usually you use it when you want to emphasize that something can't be changed any longer.
    A: I'm not sure that I want to go on that cruise after all. I'm worried I'll get seasick.
    B: Too late now. It's a done deal. I paid for our non-refundable tickets yesterday.

    A: Are you sure Smith will be part of the team? We can't do it without him.
    B: Relax. It's a done deal. He signed the contract yesterday.
    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: expression of "done deal"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't find the original a very natural use of "done deal." Usually you use it when you want to emphasize that something can't be changed any longer.
    A: I'm not sure that I want to go on that cruise after all. I'm worried I'll get seasick.
    B: Too late now. It's a done deal. I paid for our non-refundable tickets yesterday.

    A: Are you sure Smith will be part of the team? We can't do it without him.
    B: Relax. It's a done deal. He signed the contract yesterday.
    I think it can also be used to express certainty about a future event.

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    Re: expression of "done deal"?

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    Lyfen,

    (1) You may also wish to know about this: Sometimes in the United States, a person will simply say "Done!"

    Mother: I am not feeling too well, so I do not know if I can go to the supermarket and then also cook dinner. I did promise

    your father a delicious dinner when he comes home. I do not want to disappoint him.

    Devoted son: Don't worry, Mom. I will go grocery shopping.

    Devoted daughter: And I, Mom, will cook the dinner.

    Mother: Would you two really do all of that for me?

    Devoted son and devoted daughter: Done!

    (Of course, it has NOT been done yet; it means that the son and daughter are so confident of fulfilling their promise that they

    can tell their beloved mother that the shopping and the cooking will definitely be done (finished/ accomplished).

    Another example:

    If one of your friends says to you, "Lyfen, I am so busy with this homework that I don't have time to go to the cleaner's to get my suit. Is there any chance you could go and get it for me?"

    You might smile and say "Done!" ( = Don't worry, friend. I guarantee you that it will be done.)

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    Re: expression of "done deal"?

    Or "consider it done."

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