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    Itasan is offline Member
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    Default come in useful/handy

    Harry Potter:
    UK version - Scars can come in useful.
    US version - Scars can come in handy.
    Could I understand this as a UK/US difference?
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: come in useful/handy

    I dont see any difference between them. From what I know, come in handy is an informal way of saying. They are used by both people in the US and Uk.

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    Itasan is offline Member
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    Thank you very much. Is 'come in useful' used in the US also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itasan
    Thank you very much. Is 'come in useful' used in the US also?
    I`m from the U.S., and I`ve never heard or used "come in useful". It sounds a little strange to me, but that does not make it incorrect.
    The sentence "Scars can be useful" sounds normal to my AE ears.

    "Come in handy", on the other hand, is quite familiar. I use and hear it often.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: come in useful/handy

    In the UK, we do use both.

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