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Hi my EF friends,

Please, just one little question. Two persons are speaking with each other.

Person A: Why didn't you tell me this?

Person B: Because...it's not like you wanted to talk about it anyway.

It sounds like an easy conversation, but I'm a little confused about the answer of the person B. Did the person say: "Because, you wouldn't be into speak about it anyway?"

thx in advance

regards
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Hello JC,

In B's response, "like" = "as if", i.e.

1. (I didn't tell you this) because it's not as if you wanted to talk about it anyway.

"It's not as if you wanted to do X" is an emphatic way of saying "It's not the case that you wanted to do X", with an implication that if "you" had wanted to do X, the situation might have been different.

Best wishes,

MrP
Perfect! Thank you, Mr.P
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Because...it's not like you wanted to talk about it anyway.



The situation is that I did not feel that you wanted to talk about it anyway, so I didn't tell you.
Thanks SusanKay!

What confused me was the part with "it's not like you wanted..... "

It didn't sound me natural. I didn't know that "like" in that sentence can be substituted for "as if"...wow.

thanks to both of you for your advice

regards
Americans, like, put that word in, like, everything they say! Emotion: surprise
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Well, like, even when we're, like, not using "like" as a verbal tic, we still use it differently.

"It looks like rain" is VERY normal thing to say.

"You look like you could use a drink."

How can you be upset we're running late for the party?! It's not like you wanted to go in the first place!
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..."It looks like rain" is VERY normal thing to say.

Yes, I agree. Very normal thing...Very known to me.
Grammar Geek"You look like you could use a drink."....

Again. Very widely used....very known.
Grammar GeekHow can you be upset we're running late for the party?! It's not like you wanted to go in the first place!

This seems to be the same example as in my previous post and I don't have a problem with admitting that this was a new thing for me..:-). So thank you for clarification.

regards