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    I could do with a new girlfriend.

    https://www.theenglishenglishteacher...could-do-with/

    Is it right to say "I could do with + somebody (I could do with a new girlfriend/a girl like that)" or "I could do with + place (I could do with a steak house)"?

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    #2

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    It can be used for anything for which you have a hankering/desire but not really an urgent need. For example:

    I could do with a cup of tea.
    I could do with a good night's sleep.

    When used to speak about other people, it can be a suggestion based on your own opinion. For example:

    She could do with a haircut.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    So, I could flirt with a strange girl on the subway by telling her "you could do with somebody like me", what do you think? Would it be politically and grammatically correct? Any chance of success?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-Oct-2019 at 11:29. Reason: deleting unnecessary quote

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    #4

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    While your sentence is grammatically correct, I think it is a poor attempt at flirting.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    So, I could flirt with a strange girl on the subway by telling her "you could do with somebody like me", what do you think? Would it be politically and grammatically correct? Any chance of success?
    You might regret it if she's really strange. She might be mentally ill. (I think you mean a girl I don't know.)
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You might regret it if she's really strange. She might be mentally ill. (I think you mean a girl I don't know.)
    Precisely!! A stranger!! Strange was my sentence.

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    #7

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    As a general rule, don't use it with places.

    I could do with a steakhouse.

    That's not right, because it isn't the place you could do with. What you could do with is either the object or the experience.

    I could with a steak.
    I could do with going to a steakhouse.

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    #8

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    So, I could flirt with a strange girl stranger on the subway by telling her saying "You could do with somebody like me".

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    hat do you think? I would find it arrogant and unacceptable.
    Would it be politically and grammatically correct? Grammatically correct? Yes. Politically correct? Not really, no. Invading someone's space and flirting with them is pretty much frowned up by many people.
    Any chance of success? Well, I suppose it depends on your target but you'd get a snort of laughter, a roll of the eyes and a "Please leave me alone" from me!
    See my corrections (in red) and my comments (in blue) above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See my corrections (in red) and my comments (in blue) above.
    Sure. That was a joke. I'm a polite old man, and I don't intend to be that rude.

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    #10

    Re: I could do with a new girlfriend.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    As a general rule, don't use it with places.

    I could do with a steakhouse.

    That's not right, because it isn't the place you could do with. What you could do with is either the object or the experience.

    I could with a steak.
    I could do with going to a steakhouse.
    Not even "I could do with a penthouse in Ipanema"?

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