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    Smile Tire or Tyre

    Should I use the spelling 'tire' or 'tyre'?
    Does the sentence context affects the spelling choice? I mean, I am not sure when I should use tire and tyre.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Default Re: Tire or Tyre

    For the rubber thing on a wheel, it's 'tyre' in BrE and 'tire' in AmE.

    The verb meaning 'become tired (sleepy)' or 'become bored' is 'tire' in both varieties.

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    Default Re: Tire or Tyre

    [QUOTE=cemelie;819904]Should I use the spelling 'tire' or 'tyre'?


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) If you wish to spell like an American, do please use tire.

    (2) I am sure that you know that American and British spellings are often different.

    (a) American has "jail."

    (b) British has "gaol."

    (i) When some Americans see "gaol," they think that it is a typo (misspelling) for

    "goal"!

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    Default Re: Tire or Tyre

    Wow thanks. I learn something new today!
    Gaol v.s. Jail.


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    Default Re: Tire or Tyre

    Also, we might run a tire over a curb, while a Brit would run his tyre over a kerb.

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    Default Re: Tire or Tyre

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Also, we might run a tire over a curb, while a Brit would run his tyre over a kerb.
    No, we wouldn't - we know that the pavement is for pedestrians

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    Default Re: Tire or Tyre

    Quote Originally Posted by waflob View Post
    No, we wouldn't - we know that the pavement is for pedestrians
    But since Thatcher's day, you can kill them on the roads with impunity. After all, pedestrians can't pay road taxes, can they?

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    Default Re: Tire or Tyre

    Dead ones certainly can't.

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    Default Re: Tire or Tyre

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    But since Thatcher's day, you can kill them on the roads with impunity. After all, pedestrians can't pay road taxes, can they?
    Are we, strictly speaking, adhering to an objective description of the truth here? I was a student during her first term as prime minister, when she was far from popular, and I can't remember this one.

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    Default Re: Tire or Tyre

    Quote Originally Posted by waflob View Post
    No, we wouldn't - we know that the pavement is for pedestrians
    And where I live, it's apparently for maniac cyclists as well.

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