What does it mean?
"Americans that I have consulted would all recognise this expression, as they would an almost identical expression it's (not) the done thing to".
Would is the modal verb. Where is the main verb ?
"Recognize" is understood in the second phrase. Just like "I can eat more chicken wings than he can." The second "eat" is understood.
We have two "would",the first one for recognise.I mean the second.
'Recognise' is understood after the second 'would'.
We placed our messages simultaneously-SoothingDave and me. Can I use " to place" ? Is it correct ?
I don't know . Here you are (the explanation) http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/le...rnitv151.shtml
Last edited by towcats1; 09-Nov-2014 at 15:01.
"It's not the done thing to + verb ..." makes sense. "It's not the done thing to" as a standalone sentence is ungrammatical. Is the phrase not used in AmE?
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Neither "It's not the thing done" nor "It's not the done thing" are familiar at all to me. (Sometimes it amazes me how many differences there are between BrE and AmE.) Nevertheless, rather than comment on whether the phrase is or isn't used, I'll stick to what I know (which isn't much .