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Pronunciation of indefinite article “a”

  • February 27, 2014, 10:12pm

@Plume Your point is very interesting. I believe Australian English is influenced by American English and maybe this has been more pronounced over the last 30 years by TV and internet? I guess we have to accept that language evolves and trying to preserve it is like pissing against the wind. As education standards drop and mediocre teachers are pushed through, the more bad grammar and spelling will spread! But I suspect this was the case in my parents' generation as well!

Where used you to live?

  • November 29, 2012, 3:32am

Thomas, I'm not going to categorically say "you're wrong" but I think it's more likely that "used to" (past tense) has lazily deteriorated to "use to", with the words merging together and sounding more like "use to"....don't you think?

Warsaw Will, thanks for your reply...very enlightening, and I do agree somewhat. Although it's definitely common usage in Australia, to the extent that the strong A often replaces "an" before a vowel, eg. "A elephant"

Where used you to live?

  • November 27, 2012, 3:21am

Disagree with all of the above in relation to "used to" and "use to"!

"Where did you used to live?" is correct. You cannot use "where did you use to live?"..."use" doesn't make any sense in that context.

As for "where used you to live"? This is just all wrong.


Pronunciation of indefinite article “a” November 27, 2012