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Cindy is an ex-girlfriend of Gordon who died in a car race, and she is trying to revenge the killer Ray tonight. Is "return the favor" an ironic or paradoxical expression? It usually means "pay the debt owed to someone".
Cindyl- Ray Peters killed Gordon. Tonight I'm going to return the favor.
Mel- Cindy couldn't hurt me if she tried. - I wouldn't underestimate her.
Last edited by keannu; 04-Apr-2012 at 10:14.
- It was a tragic irony that he made himself sick by worrying so much about his health.
Irony - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
I agree. An irony is a situation. Words are used ironically.
Regardless, using the word "favor" to mean "revenge" is an ironic use of the word "favor."
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.