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Hi EF guys,

Please what is the difference between these sentences......

I really wouldn't know vs I wouldn't say.

I'm dealing with this situation. Woman want to condole to a guy, who lost his father.

- I'm sorry for your lost. He was a good man.

- Yeah? I really wouldn't know.

From the context I feels that he said: "I wouldn't say", right? But please, can you explain me in what situation is better to use "I really wouldn't know" or "I wouldn't say" ?????

What is the difference..????

thank you.
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I wouldn't know is the perfect phrase to use here. I assume that the guy did not know his father well, so he didn't know whether he was good or not.

If he wanted to disagree, he'd say "I wouldn't say so."
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Hi,

Please what is the difference between these sentences..

I really wouldn't know vs I wouldn't say.

I'm dealing with this situation. Woman want to condole to a guy, who lost his father.

- I'm sorry for your loss. He was a good man.

- Yeah? I really wouldn't know.

From the context I feels that he said: "I wouldn't say", right? But please, can you explain me in what situation is better to use "I really wouldn't know" or "I wouldn't say" ??

What is the difference..?? I believe you mean 'I couldn't say'. That fits much better with your context.

There is really no difference between the two phrases here. They both show some 'attitude' on the part of the speaker. In your context, he sounds like he is bitter in some way in his feelings about the dead man. He is either not in a position to know anyhing good about him, or knows something negative about him that he doesn't want to talk about.

Best wises, Clive
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I wouldn't know = I don't know
I wouldn't say = I won't tell you

I think you mean I couldn't say = I don't know.
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Many thanks! Yes. They lived apart..

Thanks guys.
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lost <-> loss....Yes, of course. I'm sorry. It was just a typo.

Hi <-> EF guys ....Ok, I'll keep that in mind...:-)

And thank you for your note.

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