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  1. B45
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    it's/that's okay. I'll finish it for you.

    My wife forgot her cake at her friend's place and her friend texts her jokingly:

    "That's/it's okay. I'll finish it for you."

    Are both okay? What would a native speaker say?

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    Re: it's/that's okay. I'll finish it for you.

    I believe that both are used. I would probably say 'That's okay."

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    Re: it's/that's okay. I'll finish it for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I believe that both are used. I would probably say 'That's okay."

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: it's/that's okay. I'll finish it for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    My wife forgot her cake at her friend's place and her friend texts her jokingly:
    Do any native speakers here say "My wife forgot her cake at her friend's place"? To me, it's quite wrong, but maybe it's common in some places (apart from on ESL sites).

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    Re: it's/that's okay. I'll finish it for you.

    Ray, what do you find wrong with that?

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    Re: it's/that's okay. I'll finish it for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Ray, what do you find wrong with that?
    She forgot the cake, and left it at her friend's place. It's true that she forgot it while she was at her friend's place, but I was taught that using "forget" to mean "leave" was wrong. It's conflating "forget" and "leave" into "forget" where the main meaning of the verb is "leave".

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    Re: it's/that's okay. I'll finish it for you.

    I assumed you were referring to the verb, but I wasn't sure. I agree with your logic about "left", but the sentence as written would not be uncommon in AmE.

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    Re: it's/that's okay. I'll finish it for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Do any native speakers here say "My wife forgot her cake at her friend's place"?
    I don't use forget with the place either:

    1 My wife forgot her cake.
    2 My wife forgot her cake at her friend's place.
    3 My wife left her cake at her friend's place.

    It's not common in BrE to use #2 and most would consider it incorrect.

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    Re: it's/that's okay. I'll finish it for you.

    The second is mostly a matter of efficiency. In 1, you don't know where the cake is. In 3, you don't know whether it was intentional. In 2, you know both.

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    Re: it's/that's okay. I'll finish it for you.

    I am not a teacher.

    2. would make sense if she lost all recollection of the cake while she was at her friend's place.

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