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    #1

    Ben was on holiday with his family

    Have I made any mistakes? Could "mother's boy" be used in my sentence or was it the wrong choice. I couldn't remember any better phrase.

    Ben was on holiday with his family in Majorca when he got a message from his mother that her home had been burgled. Without consulting his wife, Ben took the first available flight home, leaving Gina and children in the hotel. This had not gone well with Gina, who sent him an angry message calling him "mother's boy."
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    #2

    Re: Ben was on holiday with his family

    had not gone down well with Gina,

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    #3

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    This did not go well with Gina.
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    #4

    Re: Ben was on holiday with his family

    This did not go down well with Gina.

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    #5

    Re: Ben was on holiday with his family

    We're seeing a trans-Atlantic language difference here, but I think we agree that the past simple is the right tense.
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    #6

    Re: Ben was on holiday with his family

    To me, "go well" is okay, but "go down well" is much better. Perhaps this is yet another AmE-vs-other-varieties thing. I agree that the past simple is the tense of choice in that sentence.

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    #7

    Re: Ben was on holiday with his family

    I also agree past simple is the right tense. I missed that in my post #2.

    It doesn't sound right to me without down. It's interesting to learn that this may be a variety difference.

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    #8

    Re: Ben was on holiday with his family

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    It doesn't sound right to me without down. It's interesting to learn that this may be a variety difference.
    I've heard the Anglo-American comedian John Oliver use the popular expression Well, that went well! Has he adopted an American usage, or does that version work OK in British English?
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    #9

    Re: Ben was on holiday with his family

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I've heard the Anglo-American comedian John Oliver use the popular expression Well, that went well! Has he adopted an American usage, or does that version work OK in British English?
    Yes, that's fine but it's used differently.

    In BrE, if something goes down well with somebody, it is received positively. The negative form version is equally, if not more, common. Bassim's passage here is an ideal context for this expression.
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