In this paragraph, I do not understand the use of these two sentences:"how's about that?" and "what do you say that, Tom.?

“I wouldn’t be surprised if you was to get a promotion for this,” the sergeant said. “You been a patrolman a pretty long time. And just a couple days ago I was thinking you was a horse’s ***. How’s about that? What do you say to that, Tom?”

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  • Tasm
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago
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    "How about that" is an expression, kind of like "What a surprise!" Because he thought Tom was one way and found out he was totally opposite. 

    "What do you say to that" is asking Tom what he thinks about getting a promotion and also to see what Tom's reaction is what the sergeant thinks. 

  • RP
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    The first is equivalent to, now you know, and the second is asking for a reaction or what the person thinks of what s/he has just been informed.

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