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A man is in a session with his therapist and very annoyed with him.

Man: It's an easy job you've got, huh?

Therapist: You think so?

Man: Yeah. I think I could do it too.

Therapist: You do?

Man: Absolutely. If it all it takes is to ask a lot of idiotic questions, then sure I could.

Is the highlighted question completely natural/naturally phrased in the context?

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  • Yes, it's fine. But there's another mistake "if it all takes" should be "if all it takes"
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Jun 15, 2023 at 12:19

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The highlighted answer is natural, however the following sentence is not

If it all it takes is to ask a lot of idiotic questions, then sure I could.

should be:

If all it takes is to ask a lot of idiotic questions, then sure I could.

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  • Don't mean to be rude, but it would be better if you removed "it" altogether. The strike-through is almost invisible. It took me a whole minute to realize what the difference was! Commented Sep 26, 2020 at 17:38
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It is perfectly "natural", but has two possible senses.

It could mean "Yes, I think that, like you, I could do it".

Or it could mean "Yes, I think it is easy, and also that I could do it".

If you consider these carefully you will see that they do not mean exactly the same thing.

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I think that the "do" in "I think I could do it too" is what makes the sentence a little awkward since "doing" a job kind of implies that the job is merely a task (like "doing" the dishes) rather than an occupation.

Maybe something along the lines of "I think I could manage it too" would fit better.

Even more, since the man is annoyed, you can make the sentence a little more aggressive: "I think I could do it better"/"I think I could take it too".

Hope this helps!

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