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Are you exaggerating?

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:23 pm
by STEVENSAKURA
A: You know what? Peter has 3 villas, 2 helicopters and 8 cars.
B: Are you exaggerating? / Are you lying to me?

- Are B's two questions natural?

Thanks a lot!

STEVENSAKURA

Re: Are you exaggerating?

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:12 pm
by Erik_Kowal
Yes.

Other ways to ask the qestion:

Are you sure you're not exaggerating?

Did you make that up?

(Are) you having me on?

Are you (bull)shitting me? [Vulgar usage]

Re: Are you exaggerating?

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:18 pm
by minjeff
Two more common answers that would be common in my conversations would be:

-Really?!
-Are you serious?

Re: Are you exaggerating?

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:33 pm
by trolley
A common answer used by my teen-aged daughter and her friends:
Shut-Up! (she assures me that she's not being rude. Apparently it means " You have got to be kidding!)
.............Shut-Up!

Re: Are you exaggerating?

Posted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 11:31 pm
by Tony Farg
You've got to be joking.

Re: Are you exaggerating?

Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:15 am
by minjeff
trolley, she's not being rude. At least in my experience it's not intended as rude. I suppose you know your daughter best though

Re: Are you exaggerating?

Posted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 12:24 am
by trolley
Oh, I believe her, although I had to warn her not to use the expression when we're at Nana's house. I can remember the taste of Ivory Soap, even to this day!

Re: Are you exaggerating?

Posted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:59 pm
by Shelley
I've heard "shut up" used this way and it sounds rude, unless it's said with just the right inflection: something about more emphasis on "up" and less on "shut". I can't do it, but I know it when I hear it.

One of my fave expressions along these lines is "Get out of town!" or, more precisely, "Git outta town!" Frequently, this is shortened to, "Git out!" or, more formally, "Get out!"

By the way, I'm sorry to drag these really ancient threads to the surface, but when I go away for awhile, I can't resist reading everything I've missed -- sometimes I have to add a little something . . .