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    could do with....

    We use “could do” for suggestions in certain situation in the UK.

    e.g. I could do with asandwich, pint, etc

    I have come across in books by American authors (cannot give any context now) “I could use....”.

    Does it mean the same?

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    Re: could do with....

    Yes, it does.

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    Re: could do with....

    They mean the same, and we use the second in BrE, but I would say it's more an expression of wish/intent/desire etc than a direct suggestion- it's a sort-of suggestion. It could be a suggestion if you think the others want something else or when people are asking for suggestions.

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    Re: could do with....

    Another (informal) variant is 'I could murder...'. 'I could murder a steak' expresses a rather more urgent desire than 'I could use a steak'.

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    Re: could do with....

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Another (informal) variant is 'I could murder...'. 'I could murder a steak' expresses a rather more urgent desire than 'I could use a steak'.

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    Thanks a lot, never heard of that expression.

    I imagine myself on a date and saying: I am dying for a coffee, and could murder a steak. How romantic :)

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    Re: could do with....

    I could go for a beer.

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