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    check vs. bill

    Which word is more common for check and bill?

    In Gossip Girl, An American TV series, aftering dining in a restaurant, Rufus told his wife, " I'm go gonna get our check and coats".

    I am used to using bill.

    Thank you!

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    Re: check vs. bill

    Check = AmE.
    Bill = BrE.

    I'm sure we'll soon find out what is used in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: check vs. bill

    Some places in the US South call it a "ticket," but "check" is universally understood in the US.

    A restaurant worker should understand if you ask for the "bill," but it is called a "check" by natives.

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    Re: check vs. bill

    In the UK you can pay the bill with a cheque.
    In the US you can pay the check with a check (not another check, that'd be great).

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    Re: check vs. bill

    "I'm sure we'll soon find out what is used in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa etc."

    I wish that were true but I doubt it. In Canada we mostly say check, as in the USA. I always say bill, as a form of snobbery to show that I've lived outside North America..

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    Re: check vs. bill

    There's another expression: "The Company will 'pick up the tab'.", meaning the company will cover the cost.

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    Re: check vs. bill


    In Gossip Girl, An American TV series, aftering dining in a restaurant, Rufus told his wife, " I'm go gonna get our check and coats".

    I am used to using bill.

    Thank you!
    Five posters/contributors have dropped in thus far, but no one has pointed out to the word "aftering". Does that mean that we can add –ing to that word or it is pointless correcting it?


    P.S.: Please note that I am serious. And I have no English grammar books or regular classes to study English.
    Last edited by Odessa Dawn; 05-Apr-2013 at 08:46. Reason: Typo

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    Re: check vs. bill

    Thank you for all replies.

    I am sorry "aftering" was my typo. It should be after.

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    Re: check vs. bill

    Bill, though they are all understood.

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