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Hairy Scot

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Expat Scot now living in NZ.
Home town was Greenock.
Achieved SCE(H) levels in a number of subjects.
Was employed by a multi-national company so spent a fair bit of time in other parts of Europe.
Moved to South Africa in 1981 and then to NZ in 2007.

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Is it A or An?

  • April 2, 2018, 7:12am

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use of “prior” in space vs. time

  • April 2, 2018, 7:11am

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@jayles
I always pronounce "wh" in the same way for "when", "where", "whether", "which", and "who".
Here in NZ, as you probably know, there is an interesting twist on "wh" in certain place names.

How about the first "h" in "which"?
I'm not sure if it's RP or not, but I often hear English people pronounce "which" in the same way as "witch".

“Can I get” vs. “May I have”

  • June 18, 2017, 6:11am

"May I have" or "I would like" would be preferable to any of the "get" options when speaking to a waiter or shop assistant.
When speaking to a customer the use of "do you want......" should be dropped in favour of "would you like".

"Listen up" and "do the math" should be consigned to the bin for all time.

I'd say that when using the % sign it would be "between 40% and 50%" but when spelling it out "between 40 and 50 percent" would be adequate.

“If I was” vs. “If I were”

  • March 1, 2017, 2:57am

@Henry

I respect your opinion however misguided it may be.

Since you are obviously not a grammar freak, are you perhaps some other genus of freak?

“Anglish”

  • January 26, 2017, 2:18am

MIGHTEN!!??

Questions

Correct preposition following different? January 30, 2011
Signage February 8, 2011
“I’ve got” vs. “I have” March 22, 2011
Stood down August 1, 2011
“would of” instead of “would have” or “would’ve” November 5, 2011
Perpendicular November 29, 2011
The Best Euphemism for Shithouse? January 28, 2012
Unusual use of “trespassed” January 30, 2012
How to use floccinaucinihilipilification March 6, 2012
-age words March 11, 2012
Difference between acronyms and initials? May 10, 2012
“As per ....”? May 12, 2012
Use of “their” as a genderless singular? June 10, 2012
Pronouncing “début” July 2, 2012
Pronouncing “mandatory” July 2, 2012
“get in contact” July 11, 2012
“Bring” vs. “Take” differences in UK and American English October 6, 2012
“Liquid water”? October 12, 2012
“nearby to where he lives” October 12, 2012
“it caught on fire” October 16, 2012
“in regards to” October 17, 2012
“make a decision” or “take a decision” October 31, 2012
intend on doing? December 29, 2012
Preferred forms January 1, 2013
“deal to” February 27, 2013
“Harsh but true” vs “harsh but fair” April 1, 2013
When is a bridge not an overbridge? June 27, 2013
“There can be only one” or “there can only be one”? July 15, 2013
in that regard October 12, 2013
Horizontal Stripes? November 6, 2013
Selfie November 23, 2013
“You have two choices” December 9, 2013
Pronunciation of “gill” January 20, 2014
“admits to” March 11, 2014
Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question March 17, 2014
Mentee? April 7, 2014
Have diphthongs gone for good? April 7, 2014
Alternate Prepositions? April 27, 2014
Using country name as an adjective? May 8, 2014
Are sports commentators and sports show anchors out to change the language? May 14, 2014
When did contacting someone become reaching out? July 18, 2014
Why so many different spellings for some Arabic terms? October 13, 2014
“Watching on”? November 23, 2014
3 Laning? December 8, 2014
“Rack” or “Wrack”? January 2, 2015
“Thanks for that” January 7, 2015
“nervous to perform” or “nervous of performing”? January 20, 2015
Unusual use of “infringed”? July 15, 2015
How does one debate a person? August 7, 2015
Has someone decided that some prepositions and conjunctions are no longer required? October 6, 2015
“Defeat to” November 2, 2015
Is the confusion of certain words a regional issue? December 14, 2015
Pronunciation of the letter “H” December 15, 2015
Is the suffix “ly” in danger of being lost forever? January 5, 2016
Predilection with “get” or “got” January 23, 2016
Why do people feel it necessary to add “of” to some phrases? April 10, 2016
“Changed the calculus”? May 8, 2016
Indirect Speech? June 15, 2016