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    #1

    to let somebody dare somebody else to do something

    I am sruggling to get the meaning of the option (in bold) in a personality quiz:


    If your friend was having a bad day, what would you do to make him/her feel better?


    a. Let them dare you to do something really scary or gross and actually go and do it.
    b. ...




    What does it mean 'to let somebody dare somebody else to do something'?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: to let somebody dare somebody else to do something

    Let them dare you to do something really scary or gross and actually go and do it.

    They key word is "you".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: to let somebody dare somebody else to do something

    challenge somebody to do something?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: to let somebody dare somebody else to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Let them dare you to do something really scary or gross and actually go and do it.

    They key word is "you".
    Does it mean that my friend will 'allow me to do something really scary for him/her'? Or does it mean we'll do something really scary together with my friend?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #5

    Re: to let somebody dare somebody else to do something

    It means that you should allow them to challenge you to do something scary or gross. You should then do that scary or gross thing. This scary or gross thing may involve your friend and/or other people; it may not.

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    Re: to let somebody dare somebody else to do something

    I am beginning to understand, but I still can't make it out how anyone can ask someone else to challege him to do something...
    Could you give an example of a conversation between these two people?
    I can think of nothing but this:
    A: I've been having a bad day today...
    B: Poor you, could you ask me to do something scary?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: to let somebody dare somebody else to do something

    The whole concept is ridiculous.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: to let somebody dare somebody else to do something

    Yes, it is ridiculous, but if you understand what 'to dare someone to do something' means, it should be clear enough.
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: to let somebody dare somebody else to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    Yes, it is ridiculous, but if you understand what 'to dare someone to do something' means, it should be clear enough.
    That is easy. 'To dare someone to do something' means 'to try to make somebody do something dangerous'. The problem is that I don't understand what 'to let someone dare to do something really scary' means in the given context. How can you LET ..... What should you do to LET.... What do people normally say when they LET someone dare them to do something really scary?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: to let somebody dare somebody else to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    challenge somebody to do something?
    Without this 'let' - yes, it would mean what you have written. But we have 'let' here...
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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