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    Is this way of his talking seems to be natural, or either?

    Hello,Teachers

    It was snowing hard just this time yesterday here.
    Sorry about my speaking have no relation with this forum.

    By the way, first of all, I can understand the following sentence

    "Just look at me. You can tell I could use a drink."

    Although, It's a bit strange for me the way of his talking.
    Is it necessary to insert the phrase "You can tell"?
    What's the difference between "could use" and "want"?

    As for me, I'm gonna speak like,

    "Just look at me, You know, I'm getting thirsty, so I wanna take a drink"

    So I would ask a teacher which sentence is more natural in native conversation.


    Thanks in advance

    Regards,

    Jun

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    Re: Is this way of his talking seems to be natural, or either?

    'You can tell' just serves the function of making the need for the drink very clear, and imposes a bit on the other persn's room for getting out of the drink. If I can tell that you need a drink, then it is harder for me to say no. This sentence could be used when talking about alcohol rather than thirst. The second works too, but the first is snappier.


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    Re: Is this way of his talking seems to be natural, or either?

    Dear tdol


    Thank you very much for your detailed answer as always!!
    Well, I've almost understood how to use "You can tell".


    But, May I ask you a few questions once again?

    Is this meaning of
    "imposes a bit on the other persn's room for getting out of the drink."
    like that "Let's take a drink somewhere else."?
    Ain'tI right?


    My second question, I heard almost nothing of "could use" instead of "want" so far.

    Then, "could use" should be useful as same as "want" in native conversation?

    I'm very happy if you could answer me again.


    Best Regards,

    Jun
    Last edited by Ju_n; 20-Dec-2005 at 13:27.

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    Re: Is this way of his talking seems to be natural, or either?

    Could use/kill = really want, with an idea of needing- after a job interview, I could say 'I could use a drink', meaning that circumstances dictate that I have the right to expect yuou to accompany me to the nearest bar.

    With impose on someone's room, I meant in the conversation. If I say 'Jun, do you fancy a drink?', you are perfectly entitled to say no. If I say 'Jun, I could really use a drink, how about you?' I am putting more pressure on you- there's less room for you to say no.


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    Re: Is this way of his talking seems to be natural, or either?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Could use/kill = really want, with an idea of needing- after a job interview, I could say 'I could use a drink', meaning that circumstances dictate that I have the right to expect yuou to accompany me to the nearest bar.
    With impose on someone's room, I meant in the conversation. If I say 'Jun, do you fancy a drink?', you are perfectly entitled to say no. If I say 'Jun, I could really use a drink, how about you?' I am putting more pressure on you- there's less room for you to say no.
    Dear tdol

    I've totally understood what the phrase meant.
    Loads of Thanks, tdol !!!

    "Could use/kill"(also kill!) can become "really want", hmmm that's a very interesting thing.

    I can say,I'm really grateful for your help.

    Again, Thanks a million,our teacher tdol !!!! 


    Best Regards,

    Jun

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    Re: Is this way of his talking seems to be natural, or either?

    You're welcome, Jun.

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