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    Post FETCH word is for dog usages

    Hi all, i have an "Interesting" question here.

    I met a American English Teacher here and keep on correcting my grammar. I said " Can I fetch you from the coffee shop?" then English teacher replied that this is incorrect and "Fetch" is to command a dog like "Throw the stick and let the dog fetches it back" . I been using this sentence for decades yet i have double check here too - http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/fetch . She emphasized that this word, "fetch" is commonly use for DOG training in America.

    Any native english spoken person from America can comment here? Feel free to correct my grammar above if any too :) English is not my 1st/mother tongue language. Appreciated your help much !

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    Re: FETCH word is for dog usages

    Fetch is used as a command to tell a dog to retrieve something. Your sentence works in British English- parents fetch the kids from school.

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    Re: FETCH word is for dog usages

    Quote Originally Posted by wikey321 View Post
    Hi all, I have an "interesting" question here.

    I met an American English teacher here and ​he keep kept on correcting my grammar. I said " Can I fetch you from the coffee shop?", then the English teacher replied said that this is incorrect and "fetch" is used to command a dog, like in "Throw the stick and let tell the dog fetches to fetch it." back" .

    I have been using this sentence for decades yet and I have double-checked here too - http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/fetch. She emphasized that this word, "fetch", is commonly use for DOG dog training in America.

    Can any native English spoken person speaker from America can comment here? Feel free to correct my grammar above if there are any mistakes. too :) English is not my 1st/ mother tongue. language. Appreciated Your help is much appreciated!
    Note my corrections above.

    I'm not an AmE speaker but in BrE, we shout "Fetch!" to the dog after throwing a stick or a ball. However, it can be used in other senses but it's not common. For your "Can I fetch you from the coffee shop?", I would say "Can I pick you up from the coffee shop?" However, an Irish friend of mine uses "fetch" in that context. She would also say "Can I fetch you anything from the shop?" where I would use "Can I get you anything from the shop?"

    Remember that we don't put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: FETCH word is for dog usages

    Fetch​ is common in some American dialects but most Americans would only use it as a command to a dog.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: FETCH word is for dog usages

    It's native in my vocabulary (American from the northeast but with a southern parent) to use it to retrieve something, including a person.
    I need to fetch Amy from the airport this afternoon.
    I believe it's the southern part of my native vocabulary that finds this natural.

    The American English teacher must not be from the south.
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    Re: FETCH word is for dog usages

    I use it infrequently as well, but it does have a sense of being an errand or command.

    I might ask a child, close friend, or family member to fetch me something, but I probably wouldn't use it with strangers or colleagues.
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    Re: FETCH word is for dog usages

    In computers, it is also used to obtain the value of a variable or expression: https://git-scm.com/docs/git-fetch

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