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    Hi there,
    I read a thread in which I read the following sentence.
    I don't understand what 'grate on ear' mean.

    The use of wrong here is certainly not correct in standard English and certainly grates on ear.

    many thanks


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    Re: grate

    "grates on the ear" would be the accepted phrase - but the person writing this may have been in a hurry or not in the habit of checking their typing before posting.

    To grate on the ear means to sound unpleasant.

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    Re: grate

    Peter1,2,3, you should read the next English proverb and then ponder about it's content meanwhile.

    "He who laughs at crooked men should need walk very straight."

    grate = to sound harshly; jar: "to grate on the ear".


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