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I only have your word for that

 
 
Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 10:28 pm
Does " I only have your word for that" mean "So far I've never heard someone saying that she's not the queen. You are the first to say something like this"?

English is not easy to understand if you've not lived in English-speaking countries for enough time.

Context:
Ms.A: For information: I’m not the queen.
Mr.B: I only have your word for that, ma'am...

*Both speakers are British.
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 10:58 pm
means statement has not been validated by a trusted source
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Reply Thu 6 Dec, 2018 11:38 pm
@oristarA,
Ms A was stating something extremely obvious, of course she’s not the queen.

Mr B was just making a clever retort, he realizes she’s not the queen.
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Reply Fri 7 Dec, 2018 12:10 am
@bunnyhabit ,
bunnyhabit wrote:

means statement has not been validated by a trusted source


So Mr.A means "the only evidence I've got is your word (which proves that you're not the queen)?

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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Fri 7 Dec, 2018 04:02 am
It’s hard to say, given so little context.

“I only have your word on that” could mean that the statement has not been verified.

It could also mean “surely you jest.”
Kim Kardishian might say “I don’t feel my butt is that big.”
Someone might answer , “I only have your word on that”

chai2
 
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Reply Fri 7 Dec, 2018 11:10 am
@PUNKEY,
Alternative response:

Well, I’m not the queen.

Response: No **** Sherlock
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Reply Fri 7 Dec, 2018 11:23 am
@oristarA,
bunnyhabit has it right - your interpretation of their response is correct
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