to repair your computer

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to repair your computer

Post by navi » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:35 am

1) John is the man to repair your computer.

Does that mean:
a) John is the best person for the job
or:
b) John is the only person for the job
or:
c) John is the person who has been assigned the task of repairing your computer

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: to repair your computer

Post by trolley » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:15 am

Context, context. Without knowing the conversation that lead to that statement, I think it could be any of those. I feel that "is the man" has become a set phrase meaning " is the best man". With nothing else to go on, I'd probably assume that was the intent.
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Re: to repair your computer

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:21 am

It's a shame you don't live a bit nearer to me, John. I could use your computer-fixing skills right now...
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