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of courseA. can mean something like "everyone knows that" , "naturally", "needless to say" or "it is obvious"
Of course I won't tell anyone; I was only pulling your leg!
Could you help me? - Of course!
Of course every magazine spread is Photoshopped nowadays.
Of course is NOT a very polite reply to a statement of fact, and may make the other person think you are quite rude
It is too cold to go cycling. - Of course. It certainly is.
("of course" would indicate that you thought the other person silly enough to say something too obvious to be worth mentioning- Even if that is the case, it is still a good idea to be polite and not to insult the person you are talking to:=)
B. you can use "of course" as a way of saying politely "I allow you to do it", i.e. to give permission
Could I have a look? - Yeah, of course.
C. it can mean "I agree (and will do that)" in contexts when you have to agree (compare with the example in the WARNING above which refers to instances when you just want to be polite)
Doctor: You will strictly observe your diet: no wine or spirits, very little meat.
Patient: Of course.
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