Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2003 10:10 am
When hearing this, it means:

(1) Have you married?
(2) Do you have any children?
(3) Have you any family?

"You don't want to do that" means:

(1) You must/should not do that. (Speaking with soften mood)
(2) You wouldn't like to do that, would you?


Thanks.
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patiodog
 
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Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2003 10:15 am
"Do you have a family?" could have any of those meanings, but I would think the most common would be "Are you married with children?"

"You don't want to do that," means "Don't do that."
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2003 10:17 am
I agree with patiodog. I also agree that it's a "softer" way to say it than just "Don't do that."
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oristarA
 
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Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2003 12:38 pm
Yes, speaking with softened mood.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2003 12:42 pm
As with so many of these phrases, though, oristarA, a lot depends on context, expression, etc. A stern "you don't want to do that" can be very hard indeed.
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Wed 19 Mar, 2003 12:44 pm
Well, as someone who isn't married and with children, I'd still answer "yes" if I was asked this. I'd be thinking of my mother and siblings and nephews. I guess the answer is relative (no pun intended) to one's situation.
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gezzy
 
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Reply Thu 20 Mar, 2003 04:09 am
I agree with Padiodog as well.
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