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    #1

    You canít be serious.

    Is this "You canít be serious." commonly used instead of "Don't be kidding"?

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    M: Jane, you know what? Iíve won the first
    prize in the lottery.
    W: You canít be serious.
    M: Yes, I am. I canít wait till the money
    comes in tomorrow.
    W: You are the lottery winner

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    #2

    Re: You canít be serious.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Is this "You can’t be serious." commonly used instead of "Don't be kidding"?

    mo1-2
    M: Jane, you know what? I’ve won the first
    prize in the lottery.
    W: You can’t be serious.
    M: Yes, I am. I can’t wait till the money
    comes in tomorrow.
    W: You are the lottery winner
    "Don't be kidding" is not at all common.

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    #3

    Re: You canít be serious.

    "You're kidding" is the common phrase. Some alternatives:

    You're joking.
    You're having me on.
    You're having a laugh.
    You're having a giraffe. (A type of rhyming slang)
    Are you kidding?
    Are you kidding me?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: You canít be serious.

    Also, "Pull the other one" ('one' referring to 'leg').

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    #5

    Re: You canít be serious.

    As 5jj said, I learned "Are you pulling my legs?" is a common expression. Isn't it?

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    #6

    Re: You canít be serious.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    As 5jj said, I learned "Are you pulling my legs?" is a common expression. Isn't it?

    NOT A TEACHER


    To my knowledge, people usually say "leg", not "legs". See also here pull leg - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    #7

    Re: You canít be serious.

    One more for the list: No way!

    (Yes, it's the single "leg." You're pulling my leg.)
    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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    #8

    Re: You canít be serious.

    Airplane! (1980) - Memorable quotes

    I am serious ... and don't call me Shirley.

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    #9

    Re: You canít be serious.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "You're kidding" is the common phrase. Some alternatives:

    You're joking.
    You're having me on. In AmE, You're putting me on.
    You're having a laugh. Not in AmE.
    You're having a giraffe. (A type of rhyming slang) Not in AmE.
    Are you kidding?
    Are you kidding me?
    OR in AmE, You're pulling my leg or Get out, and more currently, No way, and much more currently, Stop it.

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    #10

    Re: You canít be serious.

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Airplane! (1980) - Memorable quotes

    I am serious ... and don't call me Shirley.
    I think the complete dialogue was "Surely you're not serious." "I am serious...and please don't call me Shirley".

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