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    Smile 'Your hope being that it was Brian?' What does mean this sentence?

    I am reading a BBC radio drama script.
    I can't understand this sentence in the script.


    ARTHUR: Ooh, who was that guy? Umm, oh, grey-haired, did that game show, “Can I have a P please, Bob?” Umm, oh, what was his name?

    DOUGLAS: Your hope being that it was Brian?

    ARTHUR: Yeah, Brian … uh … Brian …


    Where is the Verb in that sentence, and What does mean that sentence?


    Thank you.

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    Re: 'Your hope being that it was Brian?' What does mean this sentence?

    There is no verb; it is not a sentence.

    What it is implying is '[When you said that, I suppose that] your hope WAS that it was Brian.'

    I have no idea what it means. The words “Can I have a P please, Bob?” were used in a TV quiz show whose host was Bob Holness. So the 'Brian' makes no sense to me.

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    Re: 'Your hope being that it was Brian?' What does mean this sentence?

    'Brian' makes sense to me, but wouldn't he be asking for a 'B'? Unless it was 'Brian P_something'.

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    Re: 'Your hope being that it was Brian?' What does mean this sentence?

    Yes - it makes sense to someone who doesn't know the game (which the speaker obviously does). The context of the game explains the 'Can I have a P, Bob?' - a request for the initial letter of the answer to the next question. It could have been 'Can I have an A, a B... a Z, please Bob'. 'Can I have a P...?' has gone down in game-show history because of the obvious pun.

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