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    #1

    You think? I know

    Hello:

    The conversation goes like this:

    A: What's your name?
    B: I can't decide.
    A: What are your choices?
    B: Well, I got James Dean, Jimmy Dean or Byron Dean.
    A: Which one's your real name?
    B: James. Byron's my middle name.
    A: Go with your real name.
    B: You think?
    A: I know.
    A: Jimmy's an 8-year-old boy
    and Byron's a dead poet with a clubfoot.

    What do "you think?" and "I know" mean here? Those expressions sounded odd to my non-native ears. Do the speakers mean something like this:

    B: Do you think I should go with my real name?
    A: Yes. I know these things.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: You think? I know

    You think that's a good idea?
    I know it is.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: You think? I know

    Or

    Do you think so?

    I know so.

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    #4

    Re: You think? I know

    It may be worth noting that "You think" is also (not in this case) used sarcastically to mean "that's very obvious -- anyone can see that."

    For example, someone gets up and storms out of the room in an obvious rage. Person A says "He seems upset" and person B say "Ya think?"
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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