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Man: What were you two doing in there?

Boss: We were just talking.

Man: You want me to believe that?

Boss: What are you insinuating?

Man: I think you know.

Boss: This is absurd. I'm her boss.

Man: That certainly hasn't stopped you before. / That obviously hasn't stopped you before. / I don't remember that stopping you before.


Which of the three options would make most sense and be most natural for the man to say if he knows that the boss has slept with an intern once?

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What is the relationship between the man and the boss?
Is the man an employee? He doesn't seem worried about losing his job

Clive

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anonymousWhich of the three options would make most sense and be most natural for the man to say if he knows that the boss has slept with an intern once?

They are all OK. It depends on how the man normally talks. "Certainly" is the least intrusive of the three. There is also the simpler "That never stopped you before."

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Hi. Could you please explain why "certainly" is the least intrusive?

Could he also say "Like that's ever stopped you before"?

anonymousCould you please explain why "certainly" is the least intrusive?

"Certainly" is recognized hyperbole. "Obviously" is challenging because it forces a mental justification. "I don't remember" makes it personal.

anonymousCould he also say "Like that's ever stopped you before"?

Yes, but my suggestion is pretty much the stock phrasing.

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