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    Are the words correctly used?

    Jason and Jack shoplifted, while John looked out for house detectives. When Jason and John were arrested by a house detective, John denied he had a part in the theft. He added that Jason and Jack were the guilty parties.

    Is "guilty parties" correctly used?

    2. Is "house detective" used by native speakers?

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    Re: Are the words correctly used?

    "Guilty party/parties" is fine. I have no idea what a "house detective" is.

    The people employed by shops to look out for shoplifters are called "store detectives". In the UK, we don't have a specific police or security department who are tasked with looking out for people burgling houses. There might be a "burglary team" at a police station but they probably deal with the aftermath of a burglary, they don't walk the streets looking out for people burgling houses.

    What exactly did you mean by "house detective"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Are the words correctly used?

    Fair enough. In BrE, that is definitely a "store detective" in a shop and a "security guard" at a hotel or similar establishment.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Are the words correctly used?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Jason and Jack shoplifted, while John looked out for house detectives. When Jason and John were arrested by a house detective, John denied he had a part in the theft. He added that Jason and Jack were the guilty parties.

    Is "guilty parties" correctly used?

    2. Is "house detective" used by native speakers?

    Thanks.
    "House detective" is a common term in AmE and applied to persons acting as security guards (also commonly used, particularly in department/grocery stores) in a variety of businesses and institutions.

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    Re: Are the words correctly used?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Jason and Jack shoplifted, while John looked out for house detectives. When Jason and John were arrested by a house detective, John denied he had a part in the theft. He added that Jason and Jack were the guilty parties.

    Is "guilty parties" correctly used?

    2. Is "house detective" used by native speakers?

    Thanks.
    I agree that "guilty parties" is correct. In my experience in the US, "house detective" is usually associated with a hotel. In a retail store, I think "security guard" or just "security" is more common.

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    Re: Are the words correctly used?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I've never heard it, and I'm bathing in AmE these days... but who knows, maybe I have gaps in me 'ead.

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    Re: Are the words correctly used?

    A better title would have been 'House detective/guilty parties.



    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Are the words correctly used?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I've never heard it, and I'm bathing in AmE these days... but who knows, maybe I have gaps in me 'ead.
    It is not very common in AmE. There is nothing wrong with your head.

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