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A: Germs, oh, what're germs?

B: The things that cause infection.

A: Infection is caused by germs? Oh, are germs poisonous?

B: Very.

A: I don't see any poisonous germs.

B: Oh, much too small to be seen, but they're everywhere.

A: Oh, they are? Well you, you can't be too careful. Prevention

is better than cure. I'll say.

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What does "I'll say" mean in this dialogue?


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"I'll say!" is normally used to emphatically agree with what someone just said. It would make more sense in your dialogue if it was said by B rather than A. If said by A, it could be understood to emphasise the previous statement, but the punctuation is wrong (would have to be a comma). This and certain other aspects of this dialogue make me doubtful whether it was written by a competent (or careful) native speaker.

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rezaenglishWhat does "I'll say" mean in this dialogue?

It is not natural there. "I'll say" means "I heartily agree", and you can't agree with yourself. I think the writer must have meant "I say" or "I always say", with a comma (Prevention is better than cure, I always say.), which means that these are words you live by. By the way, there is a proverb, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", and it sounds like these people never heard it, which is also not natural.

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Thank you, GPY

Yes, it was said by A.

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