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    old boys' network

    Would there be an American equivalent to "the Old Boy's Network" or "backstairs influence" as in "My dad is going to use the Old Boy's Network to make sure I get into college"? Or is it used in both GB and the US?
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    Re: old boys' network

    It's very much in use in the US.
    I wouldn't bother to capitalize it, though.
    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: old boys' network

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would there be an American equivalent to "the Old Boy's Network" or "backstairs influence" as in "My dad is going to use the Old Boy's Network to make sure I get into college"? Or it's is it used in both GB and the US?
    For info, it's not capitalised in BrE. It's just the old boys network.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: old boys' network

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's just the old boys network.
    Though some add the apostrophe- boys'.

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    Re: old boys' network

    Would "backstairs influence" be equivalent to "the old boys network"?

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    Re: old boys' network

    I don't know that term.
    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: old boys' network

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would "backstairs influence" be equivalent to "the old boys network"?
    Maybe "backstage influence" would be something similar, although maybe more related to political/economic power than to get you admitted in college (except maybe for those of the Ivy League ).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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