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    #1

    Did you watch

    1)Did you watch the news today?

    Can we use "see" instead of "watch"?

    2) The ambulance arrived on time.

    Can we use "came" instead of arrived? If not, why?

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    #2

    Re: Did you watch

    1. Yes.
    2. Yes.

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    #3

    Re: Did you watch

    Ambulances are not normally scheduled, so I'm not sure how one arrives "on time." Did you mean "in time?"

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    #4

    Re: Did you watch

    I think they could be scheduled as standby services.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Did you watch

    In the UK, ambulances are not reserved for emergency call-outs. They are sometimes used to convey patients to and from hospital treatment at scheduled times.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Feb-2016 at 16:34. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #6

    Re: Did you watch

    In Australia, they are often seriously abused as taxi services to see a consultant, or to go home from hospital, etc. This leaves them unavailable for emergencies.

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    #7

    Re: Did you watch

    I realize that ambulances are used for scheduled "deliveries" for some patients. My main concern was what the OP intended to say.

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    #8

    Re: Did you watch

    If the OP confuses 'in time' with 'on time', the following will be helpful to him/her.
    www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/time_1 Definition#21 and #28.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In Australia, they are often seriously abused as taxi services to see a consultant, or to go home from hospital, etc. This leaves them unavailable for emergencies.
    A hospital nurse once told me to call an ambulance during an asthma attack, which I doubted counted as an emergency.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: Did you watch

    In the UK, ambulances which are used to ferry people to and from scheduled hospital appointments are kept separate from those ambulances kept on standby for emergencies. The former have to be booked in advance and the latter respond only to 999 calls.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Did you watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    A hospital nurse once told me to call an ambulance during an asthma attack, which I doubted counted as an emergency.
    If you rang a hospital nurse for advice, it's almost all she can say. People die from asthma attacks, and expecting a nurse to diagnose the severity over the phone is unrealistic.
    But this seems to be getting off topic.

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