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    I have a problem with these sentences... Please help me....


    Dialogue 1:
    A: You should be more polite to strangers. You never know who they are.
    B: I don't give a dead cuss who you are. (I didn't understand this)


    Dialogue 2:

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    A: But € 160 might jog my memory.
    B: I'll be back. (What does "will be" mean? "Will be" is a model verb in here? And "Back" is the verb, isn't it?)
    A: Back already, yeah? Got the money?(I didn't understand bold sentence)
    B: Here. Now, how do I find Bouchard?
    A: It's not going to be easy y'know.
    B: Let me be the judge of that. (Again I didn't understand it)
    A: Bouchard has had big trouble lately. And he owes me! Big time!(First sentence is the past perfect tense? And what does "Big Time" mean?)
    ...



    Another Sentences:
    1. I know a password that'd get you past Bouchard's door guard at his new hideout.("that'd" is that would or could???)
    2. You'd better not be giving me the run around old man. (What does it mean?)

    Thanks already now...

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    Re: Dialogues & Sentences

    Hello Kerim

    A: You should be more polite to strangers. You never know who they are.
    B: I don't give a dead cuss who you are.

    -- A "cuss" is a colloquial form or "curse". "Not to give a cuss" = "not to care". ("Dead" is here an intensifier.)

    A: But Ä 160 might jog my memory.
    B: I'll be back.

    -- "I will return". "Back" is here adverbial "to be back" = "to return".

    A: Back already, yeah? Got the money?

    -- i.e. "You have returned already? (The speaker acknowledges that B has returned.)

    B: Here. Now, how do I find Bouchard?
    A: It's not going to be easy y'know.
    B: Let me be the judge of that.

    -- i.e. "I will decide whether or not it's easy to find Bouchard, not you!"

    A: Bouchard has had big trouble lately. And he owes me! Big time!

    -- The first part is the present perfect. Bouchard's big trouble began in the past, and continues into the present. "Big time" means "to a great extent", or "very much".

    A: I know a password that'd get you past Bouchard's door guard at his new hideout.

    -- yes, "that would".

    B: You'd better not be giving me the run around old man.

    -- "Old man, I hope you are not attempting to deceive me!"

    Let me know if it's still unclear!

    All the best,

    MrP

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    Re: Dialogues & Sentences

    Yes, great explanation! But there is still something I don't understand. Could you explain more "let me be the judge of that"?

    Let sb be = Decide ???

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    Re: Dialogues & Sentences

    Please, does someone help me? I only want to more explanation.

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    Re: Dialogues & Sentences

    Hello Kerim

    1. Let me be | the judge of that!

    "Let me do X" = "permit me to do X".

    "To be the judge of something" = "to assess something".

    So #1 means:

    2. Permit me | to assess that!

    (And in your context, "that" = "whether or not it's easy to find Bouchard".)

    Does that help?

    All the best,

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    Re: Dialogues & Sentences

    In common American English Let me be the judge of that means "My opinion is the only opinion that matters to me." A less harsh, but still firm way to say, "Mind your own business."

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    Thanks a lot.

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    And in the above sentence, "already" mean "quick" or what?

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    Re: Dialogues & Sentences

    Yes, that's right: or "so soon".

    All the best,

    MrP

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