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    Smile You go first?

    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?

    At the supermarket, the one behind my line just have on ice-cream to buy so I tell her.

    ⓐ You go first? You just have one.
    ⓑ You go ahead? You just have one.


    She says.

    ⓐ No, I'm ok, You go first.
    ⓑ No, I'm ok, You go ahead.

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    Re: You go first?

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?

    At the supermarket, the one behind my line just have on ice-cream to buy so I tell her.

    ⓐ You go first? You just have one.
    ⓑ You go ahead? You just have one.


    She says.

    ⓐ No, I'm ok, You go first.
    ⓑ No, I'm ok, You go ahead.
    I am not a teacher, but I am a native speaker.

    I don't quite understand the first sentence. Are you saying you would like to let the person behind you in the supermarket line go first because they only have one ice-cream left?

    Assuming this is what you meant, both A and B are correct as far as their usage of "First" and "Ahead". You could either one in this situation. But the sentences need a bit of a re-write:

    A. Do you want to go first? They only have one ice-cream left.
    B. Do you want to go ahead? They only have one ice-cream left.

    A. No, I'm OK. You go first.
    B. No, I'm OK. You go ahead.

    If this is not what you meant, let us know so we can help.


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    Smile Re: You go first?

    Dear jackolantern, many thank you for your kind hlep.

    That's exactly what I want to know.

    Sorry but can I ask one more question?
    What about this situation, can I still say both of them?

    Situation 1.
    A and B are on the way to go to school.
    A ran into his friend and say to B.
    A: Hey, sorry, you go first (you go ahead), I have something to talk with him.
    B: Oh, ok, see you class room then.


    Situation 2.
    A and B decided to tell their secret to each other.
    But no one wants to start first.
    A: You go first. (You go ahead).
    B: No, you go first. (You go ahead).
    Last edited by flytothesky; 30-Jun-2009 at 13:24.

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