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    Smile the light in the bathroom has gone

    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?

    Tenant: Hi, the light in the bathroom has gone, could you change it?
    ⓐthe light in the bathroom passed away,

    Landlord: I changed it 2 weeks ago, how come it has gone again?

    Tenant: I donít know, ⓐI didnít break it intentionally, it just has gone.

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    Default Re: the light in the bathroom has gone

    Tenant: Hi, the bathroom light is burnt out. Could you change it?

    Landlord: I changed it 2 weeks ago. How come it's out again?

    Tenant: That's a good question/I have the same question. Maybe there's a problem with the wiring? You might want to call an electrician to come take a look at it.

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    Default Re: the light in the bathroom has gone

    T: The bulb in the bathroom has blown. Would you change it?

    L: I changed it two weeks ago. How come it's blown again?

    And I'll go with Soup's prudent response for the tenant.


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    Default Re: the light in the bathroom has gone

    You might want to call an electrician to come take a look at it.

    There are two distinct and interesting Americanisms here.
    1. We would say "come and take a look at it". "Come take a look" and similar phrases have not caught on here yet.
    2. Up until about 20-40 years ago, we would always say "have a look; have a bath; have a blood test ..." We would almost certainly still say "have a blood test", but "take" is now also common for the other two.

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    Default Re: the light in the bathroom has gone

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You might want to call an electrician to come take a look at it.

    There are two distinct and interesting Americanisms here.
    1. We would say "come and take a look at it". "Come take a look" and similar phrases have not caught on here yet.
    It a mere matter of ellipsis:

    • come (and (then)) take a look

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    Default Re: the light in the bathroom has gone

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    It a mere matter of ellipsis:

    • come (and (then)) take a look
    Yes, I understand the derivation. I'm merely saying that Australians (and many others) don't ellipt here.
    Last edited by Raymott; 30-Jun-2009 at 19:48.

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