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    BrE vs AmE & sentence transformation

    Are these words used in British or American English?

    pint, dime, secretary of state, quid


    Rewrite the following sentences so that they will keep the same meaning but using the word or phrase in brackets.

    A man with a hand-knitted mask was just robbing the post office.
    (by)?????

    The rules stated that members of the comittee should try not to be late for meetings.
    (being) The rules stated that members of the comittee should try not being late for meetings. Is this correct?

    In the year 2050, the consumption of food in the world will be 30% higher than today.
    (By the year 2050) The consumption of food in the world will be 30% higher by the year 2050. Is this correct?

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    Re: BrE vs AmE & sentence transformation

    Quote Originally Posted by twinkle.perfect View Post
    Are these words used in British or American English?

    pint, dime, secretary of state, quid
    In AmE, a pint is used when referring to measurements; that is one pint equals 16 ounces. So someone might order a pint of soup or pint of cole slaw or something at a delicatessen. We do not, however, order beer in pints as they do in the UK.

    Dime is common AmE usage; it literally refers to our 10 cent coin, but in slang can refer to any sort of "10" (for example, $10 worth of marijuana is often referred to on the street as a "dime bag.")

    Secretary of State is common in AmE - each individual state has one, and then there is a U.S. Secretary of State in the President's cabinet.

    Quid is strictly BrE.


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    Re: BrE vs AmE & sentence transformation

    Quote Originally Posted by twinkle.perfect View Post
    rewrite the following sentences so that they will keep the same meaning but using the word or phrase in brackets.

    A man with a hand-knitted mask was just robbing the post office.
    (by)?????to use "by", you need to convert the sentence to the passive.

    the rules stated that members of the comittee should try not to be late for meetings.
    (being) the rules stated that members of the comittee should try not being late for meetings. is this correct? yes

    in the year 2050, the consumption of food in the world will be 30% higher than today.
    (by the year 2050) the consumption of food in the world will be 30% higher by the year 2050. is this correct? yes
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    Re: BrE vs AmE & sentence transformation

    Quote Originally Posted by twinkle.perfect View Post
    The rules stated that members of the comittee should try not to be late for meetings.
    (being) The rules stated that members of the comittee should try not being late for meetings. Is this correct?
    It is more likely that the rules stated that members should not be late for meetings, not that they should try not to be late.




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    Re: BrE vs AmE & sentence transformation

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    It is more likely that the rules stated that members should not be late for meetings, not that they should try not to be late.


    Yes, that would make more sense to me too, but I copied this example from a test for the competition in English, so...


    So is it correct to say: The post office was just being robbed by a man with a hand-knitted mask.

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    Re: BrE vs AmE & sentence transformation

    Quote Originally Posted by twinkle.perfect View Post
    Yes, that would make more sense to me too, but I copied this example from a test for the competition in English, so...


    So is it correct to say: The post office was just being robbed by a man with a hand-knitted mask.
    Yes, it is.

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    Re: BrE vs AmE & sentence transformation

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In AmE, a pint is used when referring to measurements; that is one pint equals 16 ounces. So someone might order a pint of soup or pint of cole slaw or something at a delicatessen. We do not, however, order beer in pints as they do in the UK.

    As a another point of interest a UK pint is more, 20 fluid ounces.
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