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    britisher

    Hi


    Can we say I spoke to a Britisher last night?


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    Pallavi

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    Re: britisher

    Not a teacher

    Yes, you can -even if "British" or "Briton" would be enough.

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    Re: britisher

    Quote Originally Posted by philadelphia View Post
    Not a teacher

    Yes, you can -even if "British" or "Briton" would be enough.
    "Briton" is OK, but you can't say "a British".

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    Re: britisher

    "Briton" is OK, but you can't say "a British".
    Bhaisahab's right, Philadelphia - just like you can't say 'a French'.

    Rover

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    #5

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    You're right, I typed too fast and thought of a British guy/girl/person. Thank you very much.

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    Re: britisher

    On a related note, I've gotten conflicting advice about whether "a Brit" is considered pejorative.

    Do the native residents of Great Britain object to being called "a Brit"? (Would you use it for someone from another part of the UK that was not part of Great Britain?)

    Thanks!
    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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    Do the native residents of Great Britain object to being called "a Brit"?
    I don't, Barb, and I would say most of us don't.

    For most purposes, 'Great Britain' and 'the UK' are synonymous

    The term "Great Britain" (and the abbreviation 'GB') is the traditional 'short form' of the full country title 'the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland'.
    (Wikipedia)

    I refer to other Brits by specifying their nationality - Scottish, Welsh or Irish. I would use Brit if I didn't know what that nationality was.

    When necessary, we distinguish between Northern Irish and Southern Irish - the latter (as you know but others may not) belonging to the independent Republic of Ireland.

    Rover

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    Thank you - so would you really say "He is Southern Irish"?
    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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    Re: britisher

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Thank you - so would you really say "He is Southern Irish"?
    Yes - when necessary.

    Rover

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    Re: britisher

    Thanks again. Glad I asked!
    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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