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    "I will refuse nothing that you ask me"

    Greetings,

    What do "I will refuse nothing that you ask me" mean?

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    Re: "I will refuse nothing that you ask me"

    Welcome to the forum, jdschnieder.

    Where did you encounter this sentence? It's not natural English.

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    Re: "I will refuse nothing that you ask me"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forum, jdschnieder.

    Where did you encounter this sentence? It's not natural English.
    Hello,

    I have this sentence from the following conversation:

    child: "Mom, can I ask you to do something for me?"
    Mom: "I will refuse nothing that you ask me, my dear."

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    Re: "I will refuse nothing that you ask me"

    It means, "Ask me anything. I won't refuse it." It would clearer with a verb, "Ask me to do/give you/say ..."
    "I will do anything you ask me"; "I will give you anything you ask me for" etc.
    It might be better as "I will refuse nothing you ask [of] me". Maybe that's Rover's objection.
    As it is, it's pretty open-ended, and not likely to be meant literally.

    I agree with Rover that it's not something you'll hear every day, but if you read Victorian novels, it would be quite common.

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    Re: "I will refuse nothing that you ask me"

    Greetings,

    if the sentence "I will refuse nothing you ask of me" is taken literally, is it same as "I will do everything you ask me?"
    also what is the difference between "I will do anything you ask me" and "I will do everything you ask me" ?

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    Re: "I will refuse nothing that you ask me"

    Yes, that's what it means, though I'd say "I will do anything you ask me." The child appears to be about to ask for something, not for everything. There's no difference practically. If you've promised to do everything asked, you've promised to do anything asked.

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