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    pet somebody/something

    pet somebody/something
    (especially North American English) to touch or move your hand gently over an animal or a child in a kind and loving way
    He petted the dog and ruffled its fur.


    Do BrE speakers say "He patted the dog" to mean "He petted the dog"?

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    #2

    Re: pet somebody/something

    I use "patted the dog" specifically to mean that I touched the dog repeatedly in an up-and-down manner. I use "petted the dog" to mean any kind of nice, friendly tactile contact I have - I might rub its tummy, pat it, stroke it, nuzzle its ears and nose, etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: pet somebody/something

    You'd nuzzle its ears and nose?

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    #4

    Re: pet somebody/something

    Yup!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: pet somebody/something

    I wonder why "North American English" was added to the definition, then.

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    #6

    Re: pet somebody/something

    ems has already explained how she, a speaker of BrE uses, 'pat the dog'. We do not normally use it to mean to touch or move your hand gently over an animal or a child in a kind and loving way.

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    Re: pet somebody/something

    In both AmE and BrE, "pet somebody/something" means "to touch or move your hand gently over an animal or a child in a kind and loving way," doesn't it?

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    #8

    Re: pet somebody/something

    It can mean that in BrE.

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