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Episode 01: Meeting friends

In this first episode our friends meet up in a café.

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Intermediate: B1


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I've got a question about the following dialogue:
Sarah: Excuse me, is anybody sitting here?
Olivia: I can’t see anyone!
Sarah: Sorry?
Olivia: Just joking. Go ahead, sit down.

The answer to the question 'Is anybody sitting here?' in the dialogue is 'I can't see anyone!'. I would understand this as follows:
This seat isn't occupied (because I can't see anyone) so it's free. That would mean that I can sit there if I like. Therefore I don't understand the reaction 'Sorry?' of Sarah and what the joke of Olivia is.

Remark: When I submit my comments and see them entirely in a bigger text box then I often spot some mistakes which I didn't see in the smaller text box but then is it too late to change anything.


Hello User_User,

It's always a bad idea to explain a joke, to be honest, as they are never funny when explained. But with that warning, I'll try.

Sarah's question 'Is anybody sitting here?' is not about whether or not there is a person on the chair - Sarah can see that. It's a question about whether or not the seat is free. It could be not free because the occupier has gone to the lavatory, for example.

Olivia's answer is a deliberate misunderstanding for humorous effect. She knows what Sarah means but pretends it's a literal question about whether or not there is a person in the chair right now. Another variant of the same joke would be to answer "Well if they are sitting there then they're very small!"

Sarah didn't get the joke, which is why she was confused.



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