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    Michael slammed on the brakes and swore

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    Michael slammed on the brakes and swore as a red BMW cut in on him.

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    Re: Michael slammed on the brakes and swore

    In AmE we would say: 'Michael slammed on the brakes and swore as a red BMW cut him off'. Or: 'Michael slammed on the brakes and swore as a red BMW cut in front of him.'

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    Re: Michael slammed on the brakes and swore

    In BrE, it would be "as a red BMW cut him up" or "carved him up".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Michael slammed on the brakes and swore

    Wow, BrE. Just wow.

    In AmE that could only mean the BMW itself was slashing him repeatedly with a knife.

    Sounds like a Stephen King novel in the making.

    Edit: In the AmE version of the film, the car would probably just shoot him instead.
    Last edited by Skrej; 09-Jul-2017 at 23:38. Reason: added
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    Re: Michael slammed on the brakes and swore

    not a teacher

    In Australian and New Zealand English, both "cut in on him" and "cut him off" are used.
    The second phrase is also common when the driver is prevented from going somewhere in particular.
    "I wanted to change lanes for the turn-off, but a truck cut me off on the inside and I had to take the next exit".

    I can't say I've heard the examples that emsrd2 gives, with this meaning. Perhaps I don't keep such racy company.
    Last edited by JMurray; 10-Jul-2017 at 13:31.

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    Re: Michael slammed on the brakes and swore

    Point of inquiry: Is the term 'road rage' used in BrE?

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    Re: Michael slammed on the brakes and swore

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, it would be "as a red BMW cut him up" or "carved him up".
    These both work and are commonly used, but I don't think the original is wrong.

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    Re: Michael slammed on the brakes and swore

    Quote Originally Posted by Amigos4 View Post
    Point of inquiry: Is the term 'road rage' used in BrE?
    Who are you to be asking that sort of question, flexes muscles, etc.

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