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In conversation if someone pitches something to you but you're not entirely convinced, can you ask for more details by saying "intrigue me"?

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  • That would be "(You mean to) intrigue me!" in an imperative, if not snarky, remark. Fine.
    – Kris
    May 30, 2013 at 12:04

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Grammatically speaking, there's nothing at all wrong with imperative "Intrigue me", but it seems likely OP has misunderstood what the verb to intrigue actually means. From OED...

(transitive) To excite the curiosity or interest of; to interest so as to puzzle or fascinate.

The meaning OP wants to convey is normally expressed by "Convince me". But here's an example where it really does mean "Do something to excite my interest"...

(New York Magazine "Lonely Hearts" column, 1985)
Passionate, Brilliant, Bizarre — Woman, 29.
I am quite wicked, beautiful and successful. I dare you to intrigue me.

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No. You are intrigued. The other person does not intrigue you.

You could rephrase it as:

I am intrigued. Please tell me more.

But that wouldn't necessarily have anything to do with being convinced, more to do with your curiosity being aroused.

To correctly rephrase your sentence I would go with:

Convince me.

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    You are absolutely right about the difference between being convinced and being intrigued. But you are intrigued (passive tense) because something or someone intrigues you (active tense). See Ngrams. May 29, 2013 at 13:23
  • In support: The request for additional information clearly indicates that the listener is already intrigued (interested and curious) - he is soliciting more information. The intent is clearly to go about communicating that interest. "Convince me" is not the only option, or even the best option, but "Intrigue me" clearly does not communicate the intended message.
    – GetzelR
    May 29, 2013 at 17:42
  • Or “Persuade me.” But I like “Please tell me more” best. May 29, 2013 at 19:50
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I don't think talking about being "intrigue[d]" sufficiently indicates to the other person in the conversation that you're not convinced.

It is perfectly acceptable, and rather common, to simply state that you're not convinced.

If you did insist on using the word "intrigue" then you definitely wouldn't say "intrigue me"; it could confuse the other person as it's an unusual construction. Instead you would probably say "I'm intrigued", which, to be honest, is a closer approximation to "I am interested", and errs closer to suggesting that, actually, you are rather convinced.

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I guess you could be more explicit with "make me intrigued", but after all it's a conversation, so "intrigue me" should be enough to convey your meaning.

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    Sorry, these are not phrases that a native speaker would use and it would sound odd to the listener. May 29, 2013 at 17:49
  • @Kristina: It wouldn't be common, and we're clearly not helped by the fact that OP has misunderstood the word anyway, but it's not inherently odd, or incapable of being used naturally. "I think talking to you would be really boring". "You'd be wrong then - I'm actually a really interesting conversationalist". "Go on then. Intrigue me." May 29, 2013 at 18:05
  • @FumbleFingers, that's the curse of choices. With all other words at my disposal, I'd not go for "intrigue me". I'd probably say, "sway me!" or "tickle my fancy!" or "persuade me!" or "lure me in!" or "win me over!" but I think that I'm already intrigued, given the context of the question. May 29, 2013 at 18:16
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    @ Kristina: haha. That poor "lonely heart" in my answer wouldn't have got a look-in if you'd been advertising in the same magazine! May 29, 2013 at 18:24
  • @FumbleFingers, I don't know. . . it did say she was wicked! That's another word for "naughty", isn't it? lol! May 29, 2013 at 22:47

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