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    Default 'get a flat' same as 'get a flat tire'?

    A local English channel warns drivers to set their tire pressure a bit lower since the weather is scorching hot. The announcer says this could avoid getting a flat. He does not say 'avoid getting a flat tire'.

    Is 'flat' same as 'flat tire' in this case? Thank you.

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    Default Re: 'get a flat' same as 'get a flat tire'?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiamajia View Post
    A local English channel warns drivers to set their tire pressure a bit lower since the weather is scorching hot. The announcer says this could avoid getting a flat. He does not say 'avoid getting a flat tire'.

    Is 'flat' same as 'flat tire' in this case? Thank you.
    Yes, it means the same thing.

    Note, for info, in BrE it's spelt "tyre" (only when you're talking about the type on a car or bicycle". The verb "to tire" is spelt the same.)

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    Default Re: 'get a flat' same as 'get a flat tire'?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, it means the same thing.

    Note, for info, in BrE it's spelt "tyre" (only when you're talking about the type on a car or bicycle". The verb "to tire" is spelt the same.)
    Yes, I know 'tire' is American English. I got a service at a Tire Kingdom chain in the USA. Impressive.

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    Default Re: 'get a flat' same as 'get a flat tire'?

    And I probably should have pointed out that in BrE, we normally just say "I've got a puncture".

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    Default Re: 'get a flat' same as 'get a flat tire'?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, it means the same thing.

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    ... in this context, of course. If someone has just moved to a new town, and has found a job, but is living in a poky little bed-sit, when he says 'All I need to do now is get a flat' he's not talking about punctures!

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    Default Re: 'get a flat' same as 'get a flat tire'?

    In AmE, "get a flat" is immediately understood to mean a flat (or punctured) tire. For example, a person might arrive late to work and would simply explain to the boss "Sorry I'm late, I got a flat."

    Flats as residences do exist in the US, but they're less common than apartments and condominiums. In the US a "flat" refers to a residence that has basically been divided in half horizontally - both upstairs and downstairs have all the amenities of a home (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, etc), but both are completely self-contained and separate and have their own private entrances.

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