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    #1

    Question American English versus British English and more...

    Hi!
    Could you help me with the following:
    1.Fill in the grid with the words missing from the sentences below.
    or
    2. Fill in the grid with the missing words from the sentences below.
    3.If you knock on wood your luck holds.
    or
    4. If you knock on wood your luck will hold.
    5. Drop "k" in "knot"
    or
    8. Drop the letter "k" in "knot".
    7. Is walk through the streets/city/village etc. American English?
    8.Is hang a right American English as in "Go south two squares, then hang a right."?
    9.Is bear right American English (eg:Bear right at the roundabout onto Mary's Way")
    10. Is this correct: It's no easy work at all as it might seem at first sight.
    Hope you don't mind my asking you so many questions...
    A hearty thank you,
    Angela T.

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    #2

    Re: American English versus British English and more...

    1 sounds better than 2 to me.
    I'd use 4 rather than 3 if giving advice to someone, but 3 if describing the supposed effect.
    What do you mean by 'drop the letter'?
    In British English. we also hang a right and bear right.


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    #3

    Re: American English versus British English and more...

    Hi!
    A big thank you.
    I had to formulate some crossword clues for my students and when I tried to avoid some difficult definitions such as "the objective case of I" for "me", I thought of giving them clues like "Drop "t" in "met". I was wandering whether the latter clue is grammatically correct or should I have mentioned "the letter t" as well to make things clear?
    There was one more: is the following correct "It's no easy work at all as it might seem at first sight"?
    Looking forward to your answer,
    Angela T.


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    #4

    Re: American English versus British English and more...

    Hi,

    It`s not as easy as it first seems.
    or It`s not as easy as it seemed at first sight.

    as + adjective + as for comparison

    eg he`s not as clever as he first seemed
    he`s not as clever as me

    I hope this helps

    Tom


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    #5

    Question Re: American English versus British English and more...

    Hi Tom!
    I am taking advantage of the fact that you're on line.
    I had to formulate some crossword clues for my students and when I tried to avoid some difficult definitions such as "the objective case of I" for "me", I thought of giving them clues like "Drop "t" in "met". I was wandering whether the latter clue is grammatically correct or should I have written "Drop the letter "t" in "met" to make it sound clearer?
    Thanks a lot,
    Angela T.


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    #6

    Re: American English versus British English and more...

    Yes you could say drop the letter "t" or leave out the letter "t" or even met without the letter "t"

    Hope this helps

    Tom


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    #7

    Re: American English versus British English and more...

    Hi again!
    Are "to hire a taxi" or "hire a taxi by the hour" OK in British English?
    Big thanks,
    Angela


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    #8

    Re: American English versus British English and more...

    Hi yes you can say this .

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