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I never thought

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:51 pm
by Stevenloan
Wife: I know I have been very busy recently and I don't have much time for you but I just hired a new assistant. That would make things a lot easier for us.
Husband: An assistant? Wow! I never thought I'd see the day.

Hi everyone! Can I say "I never thought I'd see the day" to mean "I never thought this would happen" in this situation?

Your answers would be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan

Re: I never thought

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:00 pm
by Erik_Kowal
You could.

But whereas "I never thought this would happen" can be taken pretty much at face value, "I never thought I'd see the day" carries an undertone of (depending on the context) "You've finally seen sense!", "You've been incredibly stubborn for a really long time", or "You must be desperate!" Or possibly all three.

Re: I never thought

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:54 pm
by tony h
Just to expand on Erik's good response.


Apologies, this is where I can't quite get the thoughts consolidated into rules.

"I never thought this would happen" seems to be in relation to a happening that is personal to the speaker
"I never thought I would see the day" is about a happening that is effected by others. The speaker is an observer and may also be a recipient.

I am already trying to find ways to undermine this conjecture.

Re: I never thought

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:41 pm
by Erik_Kowal
tony h wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:54 pm
I am already trying to find ways to undermine this conjecture.
I would expect nothing less. :wink:

Re: I never thought

Posted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:00 pm
by Stevenloan
Erik and tony h : Thanks you two very very much.