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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'm going to do a straw poll of others and see which would be their default reading, then I'll let you know.;-)
    OK. Thank you, tdol. And I am looking forward to the result.

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    I'm also asking site visitors:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/poll/index.php?poll_id=320

    The more I look at it, the more it strikes me as regional rather than standard. It might even be a class thing- I'm going to check.

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    My mother would follow the BE pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    My mother would follow the BE pattern.


    By the way, what do you mean by "a class thing"? Is it a social class or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    My mother would follow the BE pattern. ;-)
    :lol:

    By the way, what do you mean by "a class thing"? Is it a social class or something?
    tdol?

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    I was wondering that before I spoke to my mum. She's a tradityionalist and I was wondering whether I had been brought up to follow a certain line on something (like 'if I were'), but she went for your view. However, she did say she didn't like the wording and would go for 'Have this toy in case he cries'. With this version, I can see no other interprtation. Maybe there has been a generational change and I have absorbed the American usage.


    .... Next stop a teacher of about my age.

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    Actually, I have just tried a brother and he agreed with the BE version. Maybe I've spent too long in the company of the likes of Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Actually, I have just tried a brother and he agreed with the BE version. Maybe I've spent too long in the company of the likes of Mike. ;-)
    Hmm...interesting.

    So, what you mean by "a class thing" is some sort of difference between generations or the different situations where you are?

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    There are language choices that are predominantly made by a social class. For example, somepeople think that the word 'toilet' is a working class term. We are still a class conscious society in Britain, though less so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    There are language choices that are predominantly made by a social class. For example, somepeople think that the word 'toilet' is a working class term. We are still a class conscious society in Britain, though less so.
    Ah! So my first interpretation was right.

    Thank you, tdol!

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