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    You bet

    I always heard "You bet" during the conversation in English.

    Sorry, I can't think of any example to refer to.
    Can someone explain its usage?

    Thank you.

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    Re: You bet

    It can be an emphatic way of saying 'Yes'.

    'Are you looking forward to the new Premier League season?'

    'You bet!'

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    Re: You bet

    It's basically saying that you could wager on an affirmative response to whatever you just asked and have a certainty of winning the wager.

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    Re: You bet

    It's an especially common phrase in the northern Midwest states of the US (Minnesota, Iowa, etc.).
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    Re: You bet

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's basically saying that you could wager on an affirmative response to whatever you just asked and have a certainty of winning the wager.
    Let me try to make sentences with it.

    Amber said, "Mary, do you want to win the contest?"

    Mary replied, "You bet."

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    Re: You bet

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Let me try to make sentences with it.

    Amber said, "Mary, do you want to win the contest?"

    Mary replied, "You bet."
    Under what circumstances that we say "I bet"?

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    Re: You bet

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Under what circumstances that we say "I bet"?
    In American English, "I bet" as a complete sentence means "I don't believe that."

    A: I can carry a piano up six flights of stairs by myself!
    B: I bet! ("I don't believe it.")
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    Re: You bet

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    It's an especially common phrase in the northern Midwest states of the US (Minnesota, Iowa, etc.).
    It is common but not overly common in the West and Southwest.

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    Re: You bet

    In American English, "I bet" as a complete sentence means "I don't believe that."

    A: I can carry a piano up six flights of stairs by myself!
    B: I bet! ("I don't believe it.")
    I would say that the meaning (disbelief or affirmation) would depend on the tone and context. Affirmation would be more natural for me.

    "After a long walk in the heat, I'm ready for an ice-cold drink."
    "I bet!" (that you really are)

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    Re: You bet

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    It's an especially common phrase in the northern Midwest states of the US (Minnesota, Iowa, etc.).


    Actually they would say "you betcha". On some American TV shows they are often made fun for saying that.
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