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    variations on "the silent treatment"

    Hello again!

    Every time we quarrel, my wife gives me the silent treatment.

    Every time we quarrel, I receive / get the silent treatment from my wife.

    Which of the sentences is acceptable to you?

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    Re: variations on "the silent treatment"

    Grammatically, both are fine.

    Neither is acceptable to me. My wife would not dare give me the silent treatment.

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    Re: variations on "the silent treatment"

    I like your sense of humour.

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    Re: variations on "the silent treatment"

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    I like your sense of humour.
    Be very careful! They haven't yet found all the pieces of the last person who accused me of having a sense of humour.

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    Re: variations on "the silent treatment"

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post

    Every time we quarrel, my wife gives me the silent treatment.

    Every time we quarrel, I receive / get the silent treatment from my wife.

    Which of the sentences is acceptable to you?
    The first is fine.

    In the second, use 'get'. It matches the informality of the sentence better than the more formal 'receive'.

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    Re: variations on "the silent treatment"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Grammatically, both are fine.

    Neither is acceptable to me. My wife would not dare give me the silent treatment.
    I can't believe we've got this far down the thread without anyone suggesting that most women aren't capable of keeping silent for long enough to do that.


    (Before anyone comes down on me like a ton of bricks, I lay claim to my right to say that as a member of the gentler sex!)
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 11-Sep-2013 at 07:28. Reason: Typo
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    Re: variations on "the silent treatment"

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    I lay claim to my right to say that as a member of the gentler sex!
    Sexist bilge.

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    Re: variations on "the silent treatment"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Sexist bilge.
    Actually, I agree. When something is true, it can/should be said by anyone. The same goes for screaming "Bl**dy women drivers" out of the car window, something I find myself doing quite often!

    Apologies, Jacek, we appear to have got distracted (again). However, I agree with 5jj that both are grammatically perfectly fine. The only change I might make would be to the beginning of the sentence. I find "quarrel" a (slightly) old-fashioned term. In BrE, I would probably say "Every time we have a row/an argument ..." and I think in AmE, you would hear "Every time we fight ...". I believe the term is used for a verbal disagreement as well as a physical fight. I'm sure one of our AmE friends will clarify this once they wake up.

    PS Jacek, I hope your wife is speaking to you by now.
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    Re: variations on "the silent treatment"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Actually, I agree. When something is true, it can/should be said by anyone. The same goes for screaming "Bl**dy women drivers" out of the car window, something I find myself doing quite often!

    Apologies, Jacek, we appeared to have got distracted (again). However, I agree with 5jj that both are grammatically perfectly fine. The only change I might make would be to the beginning of the sentence. I find "quarrel" a (slightly) old-fashioned term. In BrE, I would probably say "Every time we have a row/an argument ..." and I think in AmE, you would hear "Every time we fight ...". I believe the term is used for a verbal disagreement as well as a physical fight. I'm sure one of our AmE friends will clarify this once they wake up.

    PS Jacek, I hope your wife is speaking to you by now.
    That is correct. We fight or argue. The only time we row is when we are in a canoe.

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