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    Get a sunburn

    My book today (Side By Side; American English) said "Get a sunburn".
    I was about to tell the teacher that we don't say "get a sunburn", when an American teacher nearby said that AE uses it.

    I've never heard this in BE; we always say "get sunburn".

    Is this right? Is it only used in AE?

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    Re: Get a sunburn

    I would not say that "get a sunburn' is used only in the USA, but I have certainly gotten a sunburn a time or two, and it is painful.

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    "get a sunburn"
    http://ms101.mysearch.com/jsp/GGmain...t+a+sunburn%22

    "When you get a sunburn, you're basically killing skin cells."
    http://www.howstuffworks.com/question637.htm
    (An interesting article on sunburn)

    "Why is it that if you go out on a bright summer day and spend an hour in the sun, you get a sunburn?"
    http://www.howstuffworks.com/sunscreen.htm

    What happens when you get a sunburn?
    http://www.sciam.com/askexpert_quest...B7809EC588F2D7

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    Re: Get a sunburn

    Thanks for that Ronbee, I wonder why I've never heard anyone say it before though? I've always heard "get sunburn" :wink:

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    Re: Get a sunburn

    I would say "get sunburn" in the sentence, "Do you know why people get sunburn?"

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    Re: Get a sunburn

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I would say "get sunburn" in the sentence, "Do you know why people get sunburn?"

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    *phew* I thought maybe I was going crazy :wink:

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    Re: Get a sunburn

    :wink:

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    I'd say get sunburned\sunburnt. ;- or sunburn, without the indefinite article.

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