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Alex: I wonder if you could please do me a favor.
John: I'll try.
Alex: Well, I've been waiting in line here for a really long time now, and .... well .... I'd like to use the bathroom. Do you mind?
John: No problem, no problem. Go ahead.
Alex: Thanks a lot. You won't forget me when I get back, will you?
John: (haha, laughing), of course not. Don't worry about it.
Source: Summit 2, by Joan Saslow and Allen Ascher, Printed in the USA, unit 6, Travel hassles and experiences.
Does the bold written part have spacial meaning? Why does he say like that?
Last edited by sb70012; 16-Sep-2013 at 10:06.
In this case, Alex needs to go to the bathroom. He is asking John to keep his place at the line (which he has been holding for a long time), and as a joke he is telling John "You won't forget me", meaning John will give Alex his place in the line back once Alex returns from the bathroom, because John will still remember Alex's face (that is, John will not have forgotten him, and the fact that the place was his).
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.