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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:40 pm 
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So does this conversation sound natural/correct?

A: Is it just me or I can hear a baby crying?
B: Yeah, my neighbour has just had a baby.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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kaliope wrote:
So does this conversation sound natural/correct?

A: Is it just me or I can hear a baby crying?
B: Yeah, my neighbour has just had a baby.

Sounds perfectly normal to me.

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Yeah very natural. :thumbs:

I feel a lot of the time when people try to speak English it sounds too forced. Putting in extra words here and there; technically grammatically correct but just doesn’t read or sound normal.

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I feel a lot of the time when people try to speak English it sounds too forced. Putting in extra words here and there; technically grammatically correct but just doesn’t read or sound normal.

I totally agree, IMHO a lot of this started in the US with silly phrases such as "at this moment in time" which is just a long winded way of saying "now".

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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Do all three verbs fit here?

A: Your left brake light bulb has gone/blown/burnt out.
B: Yeah, I know. I need to get it replaced.


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PetrolDave wrote:
wee mac wrote:
I feel a lot of the time when people try to speak English it sounds too forced. Putting in extra words here and there; technically grammatically correct but just doesn’t read or sound normal.

I totally agree, IMHO a lot of this started in the US with silly phrases such as "at this moment in time" which is just a long winded way of saying "now".



I mean we can forgive foreigners as it’s not their first language but Americans have completely bastardised the English language

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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kaliope wrote:
Do all three verbs fit here?

A: Your left brake light bulb has gone/blown/burnt out.
B: Yeah, I know. I need to get it replaced.

Yes, all three are OK - I've used them all at various times in this context.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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"Let's go see a movie." That's how Americans say. Now, that doesn't become "We went saw a movie" in the past, right? Yet, I believe this is what a native says at 11:55 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVrvJdFSnXE&t=79s Does he?


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kaliope wrote:
"Let's go see a movie." That's how Americans say. Now, that doesn't become "We went saw a movie" in the past, right? Yet, I believe this is what a native says at 11:55 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVrvJdFSnXE&t=79s Does he?

"We went saw a movie" is WRONG on so many levels, I believe the correct version is "We went to see a movie".

Just because you see/hear something on the internet doesn't make it correct. The number of people who speak/spell English correctly and use correct grammar is getting smaller by the day...

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 Post subject: Re: What do you say
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He says "went and saw a movie", not "we went saw a movie". However, his pronunciation is such that it comes out a bit more like "went 'n' saw a movie".


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