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Can you please tell me which of these words you wouldn't use as speaker of BrE? Thank you :) baking contest middle school exercise regimen T-shirt cannon prepaid parcel bag rental car company graduate school sweatshirt laundry cart bake sale semester speedometer baking pan term
Aug 29, 2018 2:33 PM
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Here are some comments on all of them. All 'off the top of my head' without checking anything: baking contest Yes, why not. I guess you could call 'The Great British Bake Off' a baking contest. middle school Depends on the local education system. There are some 'middle schools' (ages approx 9/10 to mid teens) in the UK, but not many. exercise regimen Not sure I'd say 'regimen' . Perhaps 'exercise regime'? or 'exercise routine'? T-shirt cannon Sorry. No idea what that is. prepaid parcel bag Hmm...no. A prepaid bag you put a parcel in? I get the concept but don't think I've heard this term rental car company Do you mean 'car rental company'? If so, yes. We do say that in BrE. graduate school No, this is part of the American system. sweatshirt Yes, this is the standard term for a long sleeved cotton top with a slightly fleecy lining. laundry cart No, I don't think so. This use of 'cart' sounds American. Not sure exactly what it is. bake sale This sounds very American. But we've all seen them on TV and in the movies, and it wouldn't surprise me if the term is starting to be used in the UK as well. We'd usually say 'cake sale', I think. semester As with 'middle school', this depends on the education system. In general, the UK academic year is divided into three terms. However, if a particular academic institution happens to divide their year into two, we would call it a semester. This is about culture rather than language. speedometer Yes. baking pan No. This is AmE. The equivalent in BrE is 'baking tin' or 'baking sheet' (if it's flat). In BrE, we only use 'pan' for things that you put on top of the stove. term See above
August 29, 2018
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August 29, 2018
Lily
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Arabic, English, French
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