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    may as well

    I would like to get the meaning of this phrase

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    Re: may as well

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I would like to get the meaning of this phrase
    As well-besides.

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    Re: may as well

    may/might as well:
    is used to make an unenthusiastic suggestion : I've been dreading seeing the dentist, but I guess I might as well go and get it over with.

    I know all places in the course are taken, but you may as well put your name down on the reserve list, just in case someone drops out.
    2 used to indicate that a real situation AND a hypothetical situation are true :
    "For American visitors seeking local information, this booklet might as well have been written in Serbo-Croatian."

    Hence, it is used sarcastically.
    Last edited by David L.; 21-Jun-2008 at 07:25.


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