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    #1

    Well I never did - the modern version?

    In the dictionary entry it stands that the expression "Well I never" is "old-fashioned:

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/ru/%...ll-i-never-did

    I guess the same is with "You don't say so!"?

    Are there any more up-to-date ones?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Well I never did - the modern version?

    Well I'm damnedis one of the more printable versions.

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    #3

    Re: Well I never did - the modern version?

    Aren't there any expressions meaning "It can' be so!"/"You are kidding!/I can't believe you!?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: Well I never did - the modern version?

    You could simply say: "Oh, really!" with the appropriate intonation.

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    #5

    Re: Well I never did - the modern version?

    The expression is:

    Are you kidding?

    Also:

    You've got to be kidding.

    OR

    You must be kidding.

    Also:

    You've got to be joking.

    OR

    You must be joking.

    From the movie "Airplane":

    Copilot: Surely you must be joking.
    Pilot: No, I'm not joking. And don't call me Shirley.

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    #6

    Re: Well I never did - the modern version?

    "No way!" and "Yeah, right" are two common, rather slang American versions. For me, the first could express surprise or disbelief, while "yeah, right" only shows disbelief.

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    #7

    Re: Well I never did - the modern version?

    On a less polite note, in BrE we use "Stuff me!", "Bugger me!" and "F*ck me!"

    Please note that the second contains a potentially offensive word which I would normally indicate with an asterisk instead of the "u". However, many people on this site might not be familiar with the word and would have had no idea which vowel fitted in the space, that's why I have written it in full just this once.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Well I never did - the modern version?

    I need it, as I often do, to make up a dialogue for my students that would sound more or less natural. So, I'm afraid those idioms you mentioned won't do... How do you like this one:

    - Well, how did you enjoy your walk yesterday?
    - Enjoy our walk? Are you kidding? Didn’t you hear about yesterday’s torrential rain in the country? We were caught in the rain and it soaked us to the skin.
    - No way!* And the weather was so nice in the morning when you left... And the weather report was so promising...
    - Yes, it was. But it suddenly changed for the worse in the afternoon. In the end, when we eventually got home, we looked like a pair of drowned rats.
    - Bad luck, it wasn’t your day.

    * - perhaps, I should use 'Oh, really!' instead?

    Last edited by englishhobby; 08-Feb-2016 at 22:24.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #9

    Re: Well I never did - the modern version?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post

    * - perhaps, I should use 'Oh, really!' instead?
    Your original dialogue is fine as it is,

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    #10

    Re: Well I never did - the modern version?

    The person would surely have known about the weather on the previous day.

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