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    Default get burned / get burnt / get a suntan

    The sun is strong here. I should have brought a parasol. I don't want to...

    1. get burned,
    2. get burnt,
    3. get a suntan,

    because if I do, I will get spots.

    Are 1 to 3 correct? If not, please tell me a correct way to say it. Thank you!

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    Default Re: get burned / get burnt / get a suntan

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    The sun is strong here. I should have brought a parasol. I don't want to...

    1. get burned,
    2. get burnt,
    3. get a suntan,

    because if I do, I will get spots.

    Are 1 to 3 correct? If not, please tell me a correct way to say it. Thank you!
    I would say "get a sunburn", "because if I do, I will get freckles or maybe even skin cancer".

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    Default Re: get burned / get burnt / get a suntan

    Or even I don't want to burn.

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    Default Re: get burned / get burnt / get a suntan

    How about 1, 2, and 3?

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    Default Re: get burned / get burnt / get a suntan

    They're fine. You could also use sunburnt/ed instead.

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    Default Re: get burned / get burnt / get a suntan

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    The sun is strong here. I should have brought a parasol. I don't want to...

    1. get burned,
    2. get burnt,
    3. get a suntan,

    because if I do, I will get spots. 'Spots', meaning 'skin blemishes' or 'pimples', is not used in AmE.

    Are 1 to 3 correct? If not, please tell me a correct way to say it. Thank you!
    Henry

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    Default Re: get burned / get burnt / get a suntan

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    'Spots', meaning 'skin blemishes' or 'pimples', is not used in AmE.
    I didn't mean 'skin blemishes' or 'pimples'. What I wanted to say is brown skin spots (bigger than freckles), which you get due to exposure to ultraviolet, and about which women (at least Asian women) are always concerned. They are not swelling, just the color is changed. How do you call them? Age spots, or maybe liver spots?
    Last edited by herbivorie; 13-Nov-2013 at 12:04. Reason: added information

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    Default Re: get burned / get burnt / get a suntan

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    I didn't mean 'skin blemishes' or 'pimples'. What I wanted to say is brown skin spots (bigger than freckles), which you get due to exposure to ultraviolet, and about which women (at least Asian women) are always concerned. How do you call them? Age spots, or maybe liver spots?
    I think you're right, but I'm not a dermatologist. Both of those terms are used in AmE. Look here. Liver spot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: get burned / get burnt / get a suntan

    I associate liver spots with older people, so I'd use blemishes or dark patches.

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