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    Post please explain!!!

    is it true that "I kid you" may imply present and past tense?

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    #2

    Re: please explain!!!

    I've heard:

    a) I kid you not (present tense)
    b) I am kidding you (present progressive)
    c) I was kidding you (past tense)

    The utterance "I kid you" is foreign to me (I'm Canadian though).

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    Re: please explain!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    I've heard:

    a) I kid you not (present tense)
    b) I am kidding you (present progressive)
    c) I was kidding you (past tense)

    The utterance "I kid you" is foreign to me (I'm Canadian though).
    I've never heard 'I kid you' either.

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    Smile Re: please explain!!!

    It has several entries at The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA).

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    Re: please explain!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    It has several entries at The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA).
    Really? How are they using it. Other than 'I kid you not' 'I am kidding you' 'I was kidding you'?

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    Smile Re: please explain!!!

    Here we go:

    But this lobster's name is Friskie. I kid you -- this lobster was -- is it heavy? Yeah...

    Why should I kid you A junior four he lives in. A couple of blocks from the...

    Dug up when they built the subways, would I kid you, schmuck? Digdigdig... Hey, Army Hall. See?


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    Smile Re: please explain!!!

    Hmm... I did some searching I found out it's that uncommon.

    KID [verb]
    1. to tease or deceive (someone) for fun
    2. to fool (oneself) into believing something: don't kid yourself that no-one else knows.

    Are you kidding me?
    Would would I kid you?



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    Smile Re: please explain!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    is it true that "I kid you" may imply present and past tense?
    past tense???

    If I am kidding you, you win.
    If I kid you, you win.


    To be honest, I don't think the second phrase sounds natural, however, I can't tell they are wrong.

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