You'll be sorry


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Does this phrase always mean some kind of threat? Can I say "try these cookies, you'll be sorry if you don't" ?
  • Biffo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    "Give me the money or you'll be sorry!" is a definite threat.

    "You'll be really sorry if you don't try these delicious cakes." is not a threat.

    I think that it is necessary to be absolutely clear what you mean if you don't wish to appear threatening. I wouldn't use the phrase at all with someone suffering from paranoia!

    Personally I would say:

    "Try these cookies - you'll be glad you did"
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