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    Where to get off

    Hi,
    Suppose I want to tell someone that he/she is asking me for too much (e.g. money). Can I say to him/her "where to get off"? What would a native speaker say in this case?
    Note: He/She is trying to borrow money heavily from me.
    Excuse me for missing context.
    Last edited by alikhalili71; 15-Jul-2014 at 20:10.

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    Re: Where to get off

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Alikhalili:


    In my opinion, it would not be a good idea to tell someone: "Where do you get off asking me that question?"

    It is very rude.

    It means something like: How dare you ask me that question! Who do you think you are?


    James

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    Re: Where to get off

    For me, that depends a great deal on what he/she is asking for too much of and how it is being asked. Do you have any specific examples?

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    Re: Where to get off

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For me, that depends a great deal on what he/she is asking for too much of and how it is being asked. Do you have any specific examples?
    Yes. For example, he wanted $5000, but I told him where to get off.

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    #5

    Re: Where to get off

    It works when you are reporting the conversation later - "I told him where to get off" but we don't actually say to someone anything like "I'm telling you where to get off".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Where to get off

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It works when you are reporting the conversation later - "I told him where to get off" but we don't actually say to someone anything like "I'm telling you where to get off".
    Well. But, what can I say in this case?

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    Re: Where to get off

    If the person was a very close friend, you could say, "I'm sorry, I don't have that kind of money."
    If the person was a casual friend, you could say, "I'm sorry, I don't lend money to anyone."
    If the person was close to being a stranger, I might say "Do I look like an ATM machine to you?" (Yes, that one is rude, but sometimes rude works.)

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    Re: Where to get off

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If the person was close to being a stranger, I might say "Do I look like an ATM machine to you?"
    I love that one.

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    #9

    Re: Where to get off

    I don't really understand the context the OP gave.
    Is he trying to borrow that much money or is he trying to negotiate a price?

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    #10

    Re: Where to get off

    That is a good question. I read it as a request for a loan, but it could be a price for a product or service.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 15-Jul-2014 at 18:04. Reason: typo

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