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    American English is full of localised expressions or informal words . Are the following phrases being widely used in America ? ( in all states )

    * " Five and Dime " , " Policy Shop " , " The never-never system "

    " hospital " instead of medical centre

    Another question about the standard American pronunciation :

    How do I pronounce " ability " , "address" , "success " and " calculator "

    Thanks for your help .

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    American English is full of localised expressions or informal words . Are the following phrases being widely used in America ? ( in all states )
    I am quite sure that I am not really qualified to answer that question with any assurance that my answer is accurate, but I can tell you what I know.

    * " Five and Dime " , " Policy Shop " , " The never-never system "
    The five and dime as a phrase has been around since Woolworth's got started. It is several decades old. However, the phrase is probably outmoded, since you can't buy much for a dime anymore. :(

    " hospital " instead of medical centre
    The word hospital could hardly replace medical centre, since hospital is quite a bit older than medical center (AE). (Presumably, a medical center is bigger and more comprehensive than a hospital, but that is not necessarily the case.)

    Another question about the standard American pronunciation :

    How do I pronounce " ability " , "address" , "success " and " calculator "
    1. ability -- uh-bill-(short i as in bit)-tee
    2. address -- uh-dress OR ADD-dress
    3. success -- suck-SESS
    4. calculator -- CAL (as in pal) -kew- lay-tore

    Thanks for your help.
    You're welcome.

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