Alan is hanging out with Alice alone in the forest when they get caught by Alan's girlfriend Betty. Feeling agitated, Betty confronts them, asking what they two were doing there. Wanting to make Betty even more jealous, Alice mischievously replies,

Gee, I wonder what we could've been doing. I think you can imagine what it was.

Hey! You don't know what yourself could've been doing? I wonder if this type of playful expressions are natural.

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    Sounds like a bad script from a 1950s B-movie.
    – James K
    Jan 11, 2023 at 6:04
  • As you say, it's mischievous. The implied meaning is not that Alice doesn't know, but that what Betty imagines they were doing is the truth. Jan 11, 2023 at 9:24
  • @KateBunting Alice and Alan aren't in that kind of relationship, and weren't doing anything inappropriate. She's just teasing Betty.
    – Michael
    Jan 11, 2023 at 10:25
  • Well, then she's hinting that it might have been the truth,. Jan 11, 2023 at 13:29

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Yes, this is totally natural! I've heard and read that sort of sarcasm before. It's not subtle and implies that Alice is really just playing with Betty.

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