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    Default Re: This radio station wouldn't be as good as it can be without you.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    In BE, you will hear government as a plural.

    Oh..... I forgot about that - BE and collective nouns. But you know for AE, "government don't" sounds dissonant in the standard form of the language - for sure - it does.

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    Default Re: This radio station wouldn't be as good as it can be without you.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    In BE, you will hear government as a plural.

    But what about "to" in that sentence? Is that okay in BE? In AE "about" would be used after "damn". - give a damn about - as in "care about" - give a damn = care

    The government don't give a damn to the social security.

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    Default Re: This radio station wouldn't be as good as it can be without you.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    That works- the real state and an imaginary one. Also, your other example works better.
    Yes, I think the other example is better when the two states are mixed.

    We could have political parties.

    The Real Party and The Imaginary Party

    Who would like a Real state?

    Who would like an Imaginary state?
    Last edited by Steven D; 22-Mar-2005 at 23:42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X Mode
    But what about "to" in that sentence? Is that okay in BE? In AE "about" would be used after "damn". - give a damn about - as in "care about" - give a damn = care

    The government don't give a damn to the social security.
    To shouldn't be there.

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    Default Re: This radio station wouldn't be as good as it can be without you.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    To shouldn't be there.

    Please call a security guard and have it removed.

    Thank you,


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    Default Re: This radio station wouldn't be as good as it can be without you.

    Quote Originally Posted by X Mode
    Please call a security guard and have it removed.

    Thank you,

    The security removed my part.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: This radio station wouldn't be as good as it can be without you.

    Quote Originally Posted by tuangpi
    The security removed my part.

    Thank you.

    You're welcome.

    Here, have some popcorn.




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    Default Re: This radio station wouldn't be as good as it can be without you.

    Quote Originally Posted by X Mode
    Yes, I think the other example is better when the two states are mixed.

    We could have political parties.

    The Real Party and The Imaginary Party

    Who would like a Real state?

    Who would like an Imaginary state?
    And who is going to be the lobbyist?

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