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    can I say "I got a new screen."?

    Dear teachers,
    I want to know if I can say "I got a new screen." to mean "I got a new computer monitor/display" in spoken English. That is : can I use "screen" to refer to "computer display"?
    looking forward to your reply.
    Thanks a million!

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    Re: can I say "I got a new screen."?

    Quote Originally Posted by japanjapan View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I want to know if I can say "I got a new screen." to mean "I got a new computer monitor/display" in spoken English. That is : can I use "screen" to refer to "computer display"?
    looking forward to your reply.
    Thanks a million!
    1st Question:
    You should use have/has got to say that someone has a particular thing, or to mention a quality or characteristic that someone or something has.
    I've got a coat just like this...
    She hasn't got a work permit...


    However, In informal American English, people sometimes just use `got'. (SPOKEN).
    2nd Question:can I use "screen" to refer to "computer display"?
    Yes, you can. But you cannot say out of sudden, "I've got a new screen" because others won't know the context (what kind of screen; TV, car etc.)
    So I would like to suggest you to say computer (screen/ monitor)...
    "Hey, I've got a new screen for my computer"

    PS: Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Eden Darien; 07-Jul-2009 at 09:26.

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    #3

    Re: can I say "I got a new screen."?

    I don't agree. The screen is the glass part. If you said "I got a new screen" I would think your old one had cracked and you replaced that part, but I'd actually wonder why you just didn't replace the whole monitor.

    And in American English, "got" is the simple past of "get." There's nothing informal about it.

    I got your letter. He got a promotion. She just got a new car.

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    Re: can I say "I got a new screen."?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't agree. The screen is the glass part. If you said "I got a new screen" I would think your old one had cracked and you replaced that part, but I'd actually wonder why you just didn't replace the whole monitor.

    And in American English, "got" is the simple past of "get." There's nothing informal about it.

    I got your letter. He got a promotion. She just got a new car.
    Hey, thanks for the views...
    I'm not sure about American usage but I want to state something here...
    In my opinion, we can use screen for computer (of course with appropriate context)... Let's see...

    According to Cambridge Dictionary...
    screen 1
    screen (PICTURE) /skriːn/
    noun [C]
    1 a flat surface in a cinema or on a television or a computer system on which pictures or words are shown:
    Our television has a 19-inch screen.
    Coming to your screens (= cinemas) shortly, the amazing adventures of 'Robin Hood'.
    Her ambition is to write for the screen (= for television and films).
    Write the letter on the computer, then you can make changes easily on screen.

    Now, he'd asked whether he can use "I got a new screen", and I said it is semantically correct. And for better usage I put monitor there.
    So I guess, that will do for the first doubt... Now let's go for the second one..

    According to Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's Dictionary 5th Edition.
    1
    Got is the past tense and past participle of get.
    2 [PHRASE] have inflects, PHR n
    You use have got to say that someone has a particular thing, or to mention a quality or characteristic that someone or something has. In informal American English, people sometimes just use `got'. (SPOKEN)
    I've got a coat just like this...
    She hasn't got a work permit...
    Have you got any ideas?...
    Every city's got its good and bad points...
    After a pause he asked, `You got any identification?'
    = have

    So I wrote.. "yes he can, but I suggest that he use "has/have" there. For me, it'll be a better sentence... Because for us as a non-native speaker it's better to avoid regional usage especially (as examples) slang and connotations...

    Peace
    Last edited by Eden Darien; 07-Jul-2009 at 09:27.

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    Re: can I say "I got a new screen."?

    "I got a new computer monitor/display"

    In this sentence the verb 'to get' is replacing 'to obtain/receive'. 'I got' = 'I obtained/received'. I agree with Barb_D, it is not informal or ungrammatical, not even in BrE.

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    Re: can I say "I got a new screen."?

    I agree that "I've got a new screen" as a stand alone sentence is better (outside the US) - if it means 'I have a new screen'.

    But in response to "What did you do today?", you'd say: "I got a new screen".

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    Re: can I say "I got a new screen."?

    Hey thanks...

    I appreciate those views here...

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