While I am watching Spider Man animation, there's a part I don't understand. Could you help me, please?

There are the lines and I don't exactly understand the bold parts.

Power Man: I believe in two things, Spider-Man.

You're only as good as your word, and second chances.

And I wouldn't be much of a friend if I didn't offer the same to you.

Thank you.

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    "You" is often used informally to mean "one" or "a person". You can't roller skate in a buffalo herd.
    – TimR
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 13:15

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"Your word" means your promises. So to be only as good as your word is to say that if you do not keep your promises, then you are a bad person; if you do keep your promises, then you are a good person.

not much of
not to any appreciable degree or extent

So "I wouldn't be much of a friend" means something like

I wouldn't be considered to be a true friend

I think you can also interpret it is

I wouldn't be a very good friend

  • Thanks a lot! So it means like this? The powerman believes two things. First, Spider man do keep his word. Second, there is a second chance. So If he din't give second chance to Spider Man, he(power man) would not be a good friend. Am I right?
    – julialee
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 3:39
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    No, not quite. I think Power Man believes two things: 1. He believes that a person is as good as his/her word. 2. He believes in second chances. Number 2. means that he believes in giving people a second chance. So, he does not believe that he would be a true friend if he did not offer Spider-man a second chance. I think this implies that he is giving Spider-man a second chance to let Spider-man prove that he (Spider-man) can keep his promise.
    – Em.
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 3:49
  • No problem. For this question, you are encouraged to wait for other answers. But for your past questions, consider giving a check mark ✔ to respondents. Good luck!
    – Em.
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 3:57
  • I didn't know about the chek mark or other things and now I know. Thanks for the information!
    – julialee
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 4:06

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