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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:21 pm 
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Enjay wrote:
Yeah, I've heard people say that. Using it as a replacement for something like "great", "wonderful", "marvellous" etc works (but is perhaps less common these days, or maybe just where I live). It can also be used in answer to

Q:"How are you today?"
A: "Super!"

Usually said by that very (and annoyingly?) enthusiastic person at work, or the very sarcastic one. :lol:

100% agree.

IMHO phrases like "super important" is more AmE than BrE - I certainly had never heard it until the last few years. In BrE just saying "important" or to add more stress "really important" is much more likely.

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Yes, actually, "super important" sounds very American.

The only time I hear someone in the UK saying something like that is when the speaker is an American-styled motivational speaker or business-yuppie-type (do they even still exist) or some other kind of person who is trying to be "trendy" and adopts Americanisms as part and package of the whole "I'm cool, look at me" persona that they are trying to cultivate.
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Do these three mean more or less the same and are all natural to say?

-Why don't we go out on the town on Sunday?
-Why don't we meet up on the town on Sunday?
-Why don't we hang out on the town on Sunday?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:19 pm 
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Hmmm... I'd say the first one is natural enough (but perhaps a little old fashioned). Going "out on the town" (often meaning having a night out in in the centre of a city (night clubs etc.) or just doing something pleasurable that requires city/town facilities (restaurants, theatre, whatever) is an idiom. It's been around for a while:

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And I believe the expression pre-dates that by a couple of hundred years!

However, it doesn't really tend to be used if you are just describing going in to town for purely function reasons such as a shopping trip or whatever. It usually effectively means "we are going out for a good time [in town]". i.e."going out on the town" is a thing in itself. It's an activity; it's an event, not just a functional meeting or going to a place. "The town", in this case, is really a euphemism for "doing something fun in [insert whatever location(s) would be considered "out on the town" ones by the speaker (e.g. night club)].

Further, "the town" itself, often has local connotations. e.g. in London, to many people "the town" might mean "going up West" to the clubs/theatres there, or to a particular party/night club street in any given city rather than just physically being in a town.

Of course, in a more functional context, "the town" could just mean the centre of your local city "I'm going in to town to do some shopping". You could even go "up to town" in that circumstance, but you're not really going "on the town", unless it turns into a pub crawl or something. "I went in to town to get some shopping, but I met some mates that I hadn't seen for ages and we ended up going out on the town instead." OK, that example sounds a bit forced (because it is :P ) but I think it illustrates the difference.

So, for the second two, I would be more likely to use something like:

-Why don't we meet up on the town on Sunday?
Why don't we meet up in town on Sunday?

Or perhaps, if the intention is to "party on down" once we have met:

Why don't we meet up on Sunday*; then we can go out on the town?

*even if, in reality, the location of the meeting means that by the time you meet, you are already physically in town. Remember, going out on the town is an activity in itself. So, you might meet in a convenient pub in town, to then "go out on the town" as an activity (which would usually be going on to something else like more pubs, a club, whatever).


-Why don't we hang out on the town on Sunday?

Almost works but:

Why don't we hang out in town on Sunday?

Seems much more natural to me.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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Say my wife and I are on the beach. My shoulders are getting red and my wife asks:

-Have you put on (a/the/-) suntan lotion?
-Are you wearing (a/the/-) sunscreen?
-Have you slathered on (a/the/-) sunblock?

Do those sound natural?
Would you use a/the/-?
Would you use the simple past, i.e, Did you....?


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kaliope wrote:
Say my wife and I are on the beach. My shoulders are getting red and my wife asks:

-Have you put on (a/the/-) suntan lotion?
-Are you wearing (a/the/-) sunscreen?
-Have you slathered on (a/the/-) sunblock?

Do those sound natural?
Would you use a/the/-?
Would you use the simple past, i.e, Did you....?

I would always use 'the' in all three examples.

'Did you' would be a valid alternative to 'Have you' IMHO.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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and all three verbs (put on/wear/slather on) work and sound natural?


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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kaliope wrote:
and all three verbs (put on/wear/slather on) work and sound natural?

Slather is the more unusual, and kind of implies that the user is 'very generous" with the suntan lotion.

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As ever, I agree with Dave.

All three sound natural enough; I'd use "the" with them all and "slather" (which is an informal word) implies a lot of sun cream (etc).

Indeed:

The dictionary wrote:
spread or smear (a substance) thickly or liberally.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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And when we compare tans between people, what do I say?

"She is more tanned than me"
" She has a deeper tan than me."

Do those examples work?


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