Does "Give you?" in the following dialogue make sense? ——Give me the book now. ——Give you? Why?
Nov 8, 2019 8:47 AM
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No, I don't think it does. It would not be natural to respond with just "Give you?" You might echo the whole phrase - "Give you the book?" - with an appropriate intonation of surprise. Or you might frame it in a question "What do you mean by 'give you'? I can't give you the book. You have to pay for it."
November 8, 2019
In a daily conversation and storytelling, yes. It's another way of saying: "Should I give you the book?" or "Why would I give you the book?" However, it's best to avoid using this structure in formal writings.
November 8, 2019
No, it doesn’t. If I understand what you want to say you could use Why should I ?
November 8, 2019
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