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    Re: Example of AmE vs BrE?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The only things in the middle of the road are dead possums.
    If the dead possum is in the middle of the road, I'm concerned about the abilities of the local drivers! Who the hell drives in the middle of the road? Very annoying, bad drivers, that's who!

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    Re: Example of AmE vs BrE?

    Well, when you strike a possum it may fly several meters, and depending on the direction it was running, it may fly toward the median.

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    Re: Example of AmE vs BrE?

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    Well, when you strike a possum it may fly several meters, and depending on the direction it was running, it may fly toward the median.
    Apologies, I was being somewhat sarcastic.

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    Re: Example of AmE vs BrE?

    I was just being facetious too.

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    Re: Example of AmE vs BrE?

    George Harrison used to say "me" instead of "my" very often! And I remember, on an interview, after having recorded the album "Band on the run" somewhere in Africa, Paul McCartney said: "When we arrove there.... ". Then he stopped and started laughing, and corrected himself... Itīs on the dvd PUT IT THERE....

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    Re: Example of AmE vs BrE?

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    George Harrison used to say "me" instead of "my" very often! And I remember, on an interview, after having recorded the album "Band on the run" somewhere in Africa, Paul McCartney said: "When we arrove there.... ". Then he stopped and started laughing, and corrected himself... Itīs on the dvd PUT IT THERE....
    With your example from George Harrison, that's a frequent regional variation.

    South of England - "That's my mum".
    North of England - "That's me mam".

    Before I get lambasted for being so simplistic as to split the country simply into South and North, yes, I know it's more convoluted than that but it's a simplistic example.

    I'll pass up your offer of watching Paul McCartney doing or saying anything at all, thanks. I loved the Beatles, but I can't stand "Macca" at all!

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    Re: Example of AmE vs BrE?

    Just take some time to listen to Dear Boy on youtube, and you might change your mind at least a bit... It was written in 71. The lyrics may not be amazing (although I like them), but the melody and vocals are something... But Iīll understand if you prefer other stuff!! Anyway, Iīm thankful to the Beatles because I learned a lot of English from their music!!!! One day Iīll go back to Liverpool. In THIS life. Mark my words!!
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    Re: Example of AmE vs BrE?

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    Listening to the radio last night, I heard 2 radio DJs (British) interviewing an American folk singer, and I noticed an interesting verb use. I'm wondering if it was an accident or if the following is acceptable in AmE:

    DJ: So how long have you been singing?
    Singer: I sang since I was a little girl.

    Now, I realise that I would have expected an answer like "I've been singing for 10 years" as an appropriate answer to the exact question, but the point is that in BrE, her answer would be:

    I've been singing since I was a little girl.

    Is it correct that in AmE, the past simple would be used before "since" here?
    Hello Emma, hey sorry for high jacking your post..

    I just logged in and seen your PM that you sent me, sorry for not replying, I have not been on this forum for a while. Anyway I could not reply to your Pm, I think that people need to post at least 15 posts before they can send Pm's or reply [ I think..lol..]

    How is your teaching going..? If you have Skype, you can add me with daveyboy283 we can chat on there about teaching the young ones, cheers Emma.

    And yes Madrid is a nice place..

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    Re: Example of AmE vs BrE?

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    Oh, I absolutely agree and when it's a BrE speaker speaking, I know when it's simply a dialect rather than a grammatical error. However, because the speaker in this example was American, I was interested to know if this was actually an accepted construction in AmE or simply a slip-up!
    Itīs neither accepted nor acceptable.

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    Re: Example of AmE vs BrE?

    I think that`s to absolute. There are lots of midwest types who say `I seen`meaning both `I`ve seen` and I saw. This may be a similar regionalism.

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