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    #11

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    I wouldn't mind having more money. (A lot more.)
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    #12

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Any students or learners reading this thread should be aware that the topic phrase is informal and should not be used frequently or in any formal context.

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    #13

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Any students or learners reading this thread should be aware that the topic phrase is informal and should not be used frequently or in any formal context.
    And, while it's not unknown in American English, it sounds distinctly British (to me, at least).
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    #14

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    And, while it's not unknown in American English, it sounds distinctly British (to me, at least).
    What's the corresponding informal expression in American English?

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    #15

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    It's common enough in AmE. Maybe it's regional, but I use the expression myself from time to time.


    In fact, I sure could do with a cold one about now.
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    #16

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    The phrase "would be good" is common enough. Example:

    A beer would be good right now.

    Or:

    A muffin would br good right now.
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    #17

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Make sure you do not let your current one hear you say that.

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    #18

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Make sure you do not let your current one hear you say that.
    I speak while I'm sleeping.

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    #19

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    I speak while I'm sleeping.

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    #20

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    What's the corresponding informal expression in American English?
    I [sure] could use a new car.
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