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    You've got another thing / think coming

    You've got another thing coming.
    You've got another think coming.
    What do the above two sentences mean in Arabic?
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    Re: You've got another thing / think coming

    Quote Originally Posted by economistegypt2010 View Post
    You've got another thing coming.
    You've got another think coming.
    What do the above two sentences mean in Arabic?
    يعني أنت مخطئ/غلطان/على خطأ، لن يكون الأمر كما تتوقع...


    Also, I believe that the phrase "you've got another thing coming" is a metanalysis of "you've got another think coming"; in other words, people have started using "thing" as a mistake but it has taken hold. Consider the entire phrase and I think you'll agree:

    "If you think I'm going to help you, you've got another think coming"

    "think" is a colloquialism and is not usually used as a noun like this

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    Re: You've got another thing / think coming

    Thank you for your reply.

    Which one of my sentences mean
    يعني أنت مخطئ/غلطان/على خطأ، لن يكون الأمر كما تتوقع...




    Quote Originally Posted by dkarjala View Post
    يعني أنت مخطئ/غلطان/على خطأ، لن يكون الأمر كما تتوقع...
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    Re: You've got another thing / think coming

    Read my edited post for more info. :O)

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    Re: You've got another thing / think coming

    Quote Originally Posted by economistegypt2010 View Post
    You've got another thing coming.

    سوف تفاجأ بشكل سيء عندما لا تجري الأحداث كما كنت تتوقع.
    مثلا:
    If John thinks I'm going to help him tomorrow, he has another thing coming.

    Quote Originally Posted by economistegypt2010 View Post
    You've got another think coming.

    هذا هو غلط.


    Edit: Woops, should have refreshed my browser before posting!

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    Re: You've got another thing / think coming

    Quote Originally Posted by jack_1313 View Post

    هذا هو غلط.

    The original expression is think (which is why the first clause always has the word "think" in it) but it has become common to use thing because the velar nasal between the n and k has led to reanalysis of the k in 'think' as belonging to the c of 'coming'. I would say that 'thing' is more common in the US as well - but it's not exactly a mistake.

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    Re: You've got another thing / think coming

    Thanks for that! I found a summary of the history here: http://grammarist.com/usage/another-think-coming/.

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    Re: You've got another thing / think coming

    There is another thread on this here.

    As to whether it is really 'think' or 'thing' see this thread in the English only forum, particularly post 289 (linked to in the first post).
    Last edited by Josh_; 10th February 2013 at 8:04 PM.
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    Re: You've got another thing / think coming

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh_ View Post
    There is another thread on this here.

    As to whether it is really 'think' or 'thing' see this thread in the English only forum, particularly post 289 (linked to in the post).
    The controversy is about which word to use - there is no doubt that 'think' is the original, for a variety of reasons including oldest attestations and the otherwise nonsensical 'another'. But I would agree that most people use 'thing' and that it is probably more widely accepted.

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