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    peter123 is offline Senior Member
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    British English

    Hi there,
    I want to ask the differences between British and American English.

    Supplementary examinations (British)
    Make-up examinations (American)

    deviate from the topic (British)
    off-topic (American)

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    Re: British English

    What comments are you looking for, Pete? These are as you indicate, though "off-topic" is used in relatively informal BrE.

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    Re: British English

    Hi there,

    Is it correct to say like this?
    He is off-topic. OR
    His essay is off-topic.

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    pete

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    Re: British English

    There are different ways you can use it - there is not really a "correct" or "incorrect" one.

    He is off-topic in his essay.

    His essay goes off-topic.

    The themes of his essay are off-topic.

    Such a pity: a really well-written and closely reasoned essay, but way off-topic.

    Don't read his essay. He is off-topic in it.

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    Re: British English

    Hi there,


    Those are really helpful. How can I make up a sentence using the following phrase? What does it mean by 'way' and what is it function in 'but way off-topic?


    Such a pity: a really well-written and closely reasoned essay, but way off-topic.

    thanks
    pete

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    Re: British English

    hi there,

    What is the formal or British way to say 'off-topic'?
    Thanks
    pete

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    Re: British English

    deviate from the topic

    but you said it at the beginning, didn't you?

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