What's the meaning of this expression "As if I ever would!"? Please provide some example sentences for better understanding.
This expression is well explained here:
- “She's afraid you might try to take the job yourself.” “As if I ever would!” [=I never would]
Another example. Suppose somebody tells you:
"He's a selfish guy. Don't ask him a favor."
and you answer:
"As if I ever would!" (meaning: I'd never even dream of asking him a favor)
Thanks Gustavo 💖 Do "as if I ever would" and "not that I ever would" have the same meaning?
The meaning is similar (I never would), but I think they can be used differently. While as if I ever would is more usually employed to respond to somebody's remark, meaning "I would never do that" (as in the examples above), not that I ever would is typically used to say you would never do something you just mentioned yourself, so it's kind of rhetorical. Compare:
- You shouldn't date your secretary.
- As if I ever would (I'd never do that).
- I sometimes daydream I could date my secretary. Not that I ever would (By saying this I don't mean I'd actually ever do it) — it's just a fantasy.