Gould you ever

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Mohammad Ali1

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He thought his kids were as self-contained as one of those dogs
you sometimes see carrying home its own leash. But you could
read things wrong.
Could you ever.
Source:"Today Will Be a Quiet Day" by Amy Hempel
Q: Does "could you ever" here mean that you read things wrong?
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  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    Presumably the original is spelled with a C, not a G.

    Could you ever! is an emphatic confirmation, so here it means You really could read things wrong.

    Enquiring Mind

    Senior Member
    English - the Queen's
    Hello MA1, "could you ever" here means "yes, you certainly could" (read things wrong), and he was probably misreading the situation in respect of his own kids now. They weren't as self-contained as he thought.
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