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  1. Anonymous
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    what does this sentence mean ?

    hello,

    it's me again

    Iguess I have trouble understanding the sentence below:

    if you accept my proposal, you will have at your disposal for a limited time only the ability to make me do one thing I really do not want to do ,which is not to say you don't always have the ability.


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    there must be something wrong, I've logged in , but it shows that I'm a guest.

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    The ability to make that person do something he or she does not want to do will only last for a limited period of time.

    :)


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    thank you for the explanation! but what about "which is not to say you don't always have that ability"


    I just wanted to learn how to usethis idiomatic kind of expressions , so I could use them in the situation they suits. :)


    thank you for your time in advance !

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    I am afraid "which is not to say you don't always have that ability" does not go with the rest of the sentence. If you only have it for a limited time then clearly you do not always have it. It is not an idiom.

    :)


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    hello,

    still confused. and could you please make it more specific ? perhaps I haven't made my question clear .




    I appreciate you doing that

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    Re: what does this sentence mean ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    hello,

    it's me again

    Iguess I have trouble understanding the sentence below:

    if you accept my proposal, you will have at your disposal for a limited time only the ability to make me do one thing I really do not want to do ,which is not to say you don't always have the ability.
    I agree with Ron, that the second part doesn't seem to go with the first. This might be a funny gift between friends or lovers. The gift is to allow the other person to make you do something you don't want to do. The second part says that, probably because of their relationship, the receiver can always get the sender to give in anyway. :wink:


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    thank you all so much! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy
    thank you all so much! :)
    You're welcome, Billy. :wink:

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