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    Hello.

    Can I use "PC" instead of "computer" in spoken English? I mean do people understand me?
    For instance: "Dude, I don't know what the heck with my PC"

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    What do you think about a word "heck"? Does it sound offensive?

    Thanks in advance.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Default Re: "PC" instead of "computer"

    You can, but I'd use what the heck is up/wrong with my PC. Heck doesn't sound offensive to me, but it is slang so only use it where appropriate.

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    Default Re: "PC" instead of "computer"

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Hello.

    Can I use "PC" instead of "computer" in spoken English? I mean do people understand me?
    For instance: "Dude, I don't know what the heck with my PC"

    and

    What do you think about a word "heck"? Does it sound offensive?

    Thanks in advance.
    PC means "personal computer". If you have a Cray Supercomputer that takes up three specially air-conditioned rooms, you can't refer to it as a PC. The terms aren't interchangeable. A PC is a subset of computers.
    Also, an Apple Mac is not a PC. A PC is an IBM clone (Or was 10 years ago - "Do you have a PC or a Mac?")
    I don't know where they draw the line now. A PC used to be a desktop computer; now you have tablets and pods and pads ...

    "Heck" isn't offensive to me; but the way you've used it is not English.
    Last edited by Raymott; 20-Nov-2013 at 23:13. Reason: Change Kray to Cray

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    Can you show an English way of usage "heck" ?
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    Default Re: "PC" instead of "computer"

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Can you show an English way of usage "heck" ?
    Tdol did.

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    Default Re: "PC" instead of "computer"

    There is still a distinction drawn between the types of computer. I was recently asked "Do you have a PC or a laptop?" To which my answer was "Neither. I have a MacBook Pro". Whilst I suppose it is technically a laptop (rather than a desktop), Apple certainly make the distinction.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    The word "heck" is, of course, a supposedly inoffensive substitute for the word "hell". I shouldn't think anyone would find it offensive these days, but it's not often used in British English. We either use the original "hell", or an all-purpose obscene word. Come to that, Brits don't call people "Dude" either; unless we are self-consciously trying to appear American.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    All my friends are from the US and sometimes I hear new words. Therefore I think my vocabulary looks like an american vocabulary.
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    Default Re: "PC" instead of "computer"

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    All my friends are from the US and sometimes I hear new words. Therefore I think my vocabulary looks like an american vocabulary.
    I can't imagine an AmE speaker being bothered by the word "heck".

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    Default Re: "PC" instead of "computer"

    Personally, I don't know anyone who would be offended by "heck" but then I don't know anyone who would be offended by "hell" either, the word for which "heck" is supposed to be a politer replacement.

    My very British flatmate calls a lot of people "dude" and he's certainly not trying to sound American.
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