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    Cool Puncture or Flat tyre?

    Hello amigos!

    Which one is more likely used in an everyday conversation?

    Thank,

    Sam

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    #2

    Re: Puncture or Flat tyre?

    Quote Originally Posted by sambistapt View Post
    Hello amigos!

    Which one is more likely used in an everyday conversation?

    Thank,

    Sam
    You can have a flat tyre because of puncture...


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    Re: Puncture or Flat tyre?

    tire
    [count]
    1 : a hole or wound made by a sharp point
    ▪ a slight puncture of the skin
    2 : a small hole in a tire that causes it to lose air
    ▪ I got/had a puncture [=(US) flat, flat tire] on the way to the airport.


    Do BE speakers say "get/have a puncture"?


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    #4

    Re: Puncture or Flat tyre?

    Quote Originally Posted by sambistapt View Post
    Hello amigos!

    Which one is more likely used in an everyday conversation?

    Thank,

    Sam

    In the US, we call it a "flat" or a "flat tire."

    "Sorry I'm late. I got a flat just at the on-ramp of 128."


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    #5

    Re: Puncture or Flat tyre?

    Ann,

    Do you prefer "get a flat (tire)" to "have a flat (tire)"?

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    #6

    Re: Puncture or Flat tyre?

    Yes, they do.


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    Re: Puncture or Flat tyre?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Yes, they do.
    Who are they?

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    #8

    Re: Puncture or Flat tyre?

    The British. You asked if they said "puncture."

    [When I'm booted into Linux, my Shiretoko-branded Firefox 3.5 seems to allow me to reply without quoting much faster than replying with quoting.]

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    #9

    Re: Puncture or Flat tyre?

    Interestingly, the British also call a dead battery a "flat" one.

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    #10

    Re: Puncture or Flat tyre?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Interestingly, the British also call a dead battery a "flat" one.
    They also spell the pneumatic object that encircles a wheel "tyre" not "tire", as did the OP and anupumh. In BrE "tire" is a verb "to tire" meaning "to fatigue".

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