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English translation: I do *NOT* need....

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11:15 Aug 31, 2001
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: I do not need
ONLY NATIVE AMERICAN ENGLISH SPEAKERS, PLEASE.

I would like to get as much information as possible on this phrase: " I do not need to get a high water bill..."

Context:
"How long has the water been running? I do not need a high water bill"
An ADULT guy is asking his ADULT sister not to use too much water.
Is this phrase authoritarian or disrespectful? Or is it a common, simple way of asking someone to be careful when watering the garden? Both the man and his sister are supposed to have the same rights in the house where they live , apparently, together.

Thanks to all who take the time to answer.:)
BS
Bertha S. Deffenbaugh
United States
Local time: 10:03
English translation:I do *NOT* need....
Explanation:
The fact that the speaker says "do not" instead of the typical contraction "don't" implies that he is speaking in an emphatic tone of voice, with the tonal stress on the word "not". He's pretty ticked off. *grin*
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Bryan Kampbell
Grading comment
Brilliant! Thanks. And thanks to Melanie too.:))I wish I could have awarded Kudoz to both of you.
BSD
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +1My guess is....
Melanie Sellers
naI do not need to get a high water bill.Phlebo
naI do *NOT* need....Bryan Kampbell


  

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19 mins peer agreement (net): +1
My guess is....


Explanation:
that the brother is paying the water bill, it sounds as if the brother is concerned with having to pay a high water bill. These two siblings seem to share the responsibilities, yet the brother seems to be the only one responsible for paying the water bill. It sounds rather demanding to me.

Hope it helps ;0)

Melanie Sellers
Local time: 18:03
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Bryan Kampbell: Even if they share the H2O bill, the brother will still feel the pain when he has to pay his share.
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46 mins
I do *NOT* need....


Explanation:
The fact that the speaker says "do not" instead of the typical contraction "don't" implies that he is speaking in an emphatic tone of voice, with the tonal stress on the word "not". He's pretty ticked off. *grin*

Bryan Kampbell
Grading comment
Brilliant! Thanks. And thanks to Melanie too.:))I wish I could have awarded Kudoz to both of you.
BSD
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1 day 21 hrs
I do not need to get a high water bill.


Explanation:
I agree that this is a firm tone of voice, but I disagree about his level of anger. Usually when people are really ticked off they shorten words and phrases to express their anger faster, due to their impatience with the person. When someone does not use a contraction they are wanting the listener to hear and understand very clearly the point they are trying to make. In this case the point and the discontinuance of a certain behavior is more important than the expressed anger.

Phlebo
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