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    Do you know the words?

    I had a conversation with American people. and I happened to mention the words: a thoroughfare and a trolley. I spelt these words it turns out they don't know these words. Why? English people! You don't use these words any more, do you? My teacher taught me these ones.

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    Re: Do you know the words?

    Quote Originally Posted by IDONTKNOWENGLISH View Post
    I had a conversation with American people. and I happened to mention the words: a thoroughfare and a trolley. I spelt these words it turns out they don't know these words. Why? English people! You don't use these words any more, do you? My teacher taught me these ones.
    I am English, I know them and use them.


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    Re: Do you know the words?

    Maybe they don't use them in America? Do you know?

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    Re: Do you know the words?

    Quote Originally Posted by IDONTKNOWENGLISH View Post
    Maybe they don't use them in America? Do you know?
    I don't I'm afraid, you will have to wait for an American to answer that.

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    Re: Do you know the words?

    Hi there. Even though I'm not American, I believe the words used in the US would be "toll" (thoroughfare) and "cart" (trolley), although they have more than one meaning and it may depend on the context

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    Re: Do you know the words?

    We use them in Canada. Here, a thoroughfare is a public highway, and a trolley is an unpowered vehicle or cart.

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    Re: Do you know the words?

    They are not the most common words in the US, but even my 10-year-old daughter knows what a trolley is (although I'm unable to tell you the difference between a streetcar and a trolley), and the phrase "a main thoroughfare" is a reasonably common way to describe a major path between points.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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