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    anaesthesia

    Hi there,
    If I want my surgery performed under local anaesthesia instead of the whole body anaesthesia, can I say:

    Doctor, I don't want to have whole body anaesthesia. I want local.


    1. Is it correct to say like that to my doctor?
    2. How about colloquial way to say the same thing?

    thanks

    pete

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    Re: anaesthesia

    Doctor, I want (a) local anaestetic.
    Doc, I wanna a local.


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    Re: anaesthesia

    I do not want full anaesthesia, just local anaesthesia.

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    Re: anaesthesia

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi there,
    If I want my surgery performed under local anaesthesia instead of the whole body anaesthesia, can I say:

    Doctor, I don't want to have whole body anaesthesia. I want local.


    1. Is it correct to say like that to my doctor?
    2. How about colloquial way to say the same thing?

    thanks

    pete
    The term is 'general an(a)esthesia'.
    Doctor, I don't want (to have) general anaesthesia, I want local anaesthesia.

    ''I wanna a local.'' is not correct.
    ''I wanna...'' is short for ''I want to...', so you have to say 'I wanna have a local.'
    Last edited by 2006; 03-Oct-2007 at 15:31.

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    Re: anaesthesia

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    ''I wanna a local.'' is not correct.
    It's perfectly correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    It's perfectly correct.
    You already know what I think of your English.

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    Well, sometimes we seem to know better than others do, but not always, 2006. Sometimes, the feeling that you're absolutely right about something is too strong to accept others' remarks, I'm afraid.
    Check this out:
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    (Partly, you're right about the issue.)

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    Re: anaesthesia

    Yes, I know that ''I wanna'' can also be short for 'I want a' but in Soup's sentence it struck me, rightly or wrongly, that (s)he was most likey using it as short for 'I want to'.
    In either case the sentence is not correct. 'I want to a local.' and 'I want a a local.' are both not correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
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    In either case the sentence is not correct. 'I want to a local.' and 'I want a a local.' are both not correct.
    Agreed. (unless someone is stammering with fear, or something...) :

    I want a-a local, Doctor.

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    Re: anaesthesia

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    2. How about colloquial way to say the same thing?

    NB.I am not an English teacher.


    How about 'Can you put me to sleep,please?'

    Idiom(s):
    put to sleep

    To make weary; bore.
    To subject to euthanasia.
    To subject to general anesthesia.

    put to sleep - Definitions from Dictionary.com
    Last edited by queenbu; 04-Oct-2007 at 16:56.

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