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    Default mad at you/on you

    Which is the correct preposition?

    I am mad/pissed/etc. at or on you.

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    Default Re: mad at you/on you

    P****ed is a swear word, while not considered as rude as some others, you shouldn't say that here.

    And it would be "mad at you". Mad on you is nonsense.

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    Default Re: mad at you/on you

    In fact, 'mad on you' is not nonsense. It just has a totally different (+ve) sense.

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    PS And I'm not sure I'd call 'p*ssed a 'swear word', although it's certainly a vulgar one - best avoided, if only because it's seriously ambiguous. 'He is p*ssed' means 'He is angry' in Am Eng, and 'He is drunk' in Br Eng. The commonness of Am E speech on TV/film/video is making the American sense more common even over here, so that there is no longer a clear distinction between the two - more scope for ambiguity.
    Last edited by BobK; 25-Feb-2012 at 18:34. Reason: PS added

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    Default Re: mad at you/on you

    [QUOTE=BobK;860094]In fact, 'mad on you' is not nonsense. It just has a totally different (+ve) sense.

    What meaning?

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    Default Re: mad at you/on you

    '...madly in love with you.'

    Also 'mad about you' means the same.

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    Default Re: mad at you/on you

    "Mad with you" means the same as "mad at you".

    There is another BrE vs AmE difference here. 5jj explained the difference with "p*ssed", but "mad" has two different meanings. In AmE it means "angry" and in BrE it means "crazy". The American usage of "mad" is certainly used in the UK but to someone who doesn't know that meaning, "I'm mad at you" would make no sense because they would hear "I'm crazy at you".

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    Default Re: mad at you/on you

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Mad with you" means the same as "mad at you".

    There is another BrE vs AmE difference here. 5jj explained the difference with "p*ssed", but "mad" has two different meanings. In AmE it means "angry" and in BrE it means "crazy". The American usage of "mad" is certainly used in the UK but to someone who doesn't know that meaning, "I'm mad at you" would make no sense because they would hear "I'm crazy at you".
    That's so, but we can usually work out what it means from the context - particularly in idioms; even speakers of Br Eng know sports coaches who say 'Don't get mad get even'.

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