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Re: Grammar quirks
« Reply #435 on: October 26, 2012, 01:50:45 AM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices

No, the theater is where you go to watch movies.  :D

No, no, no.  The theater is a particular portion of a multi-faceted war.  For example:  My grandfather was stationed in the Pacific Theater during WWII.
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« Reply #436 on: October 26, 2012, 02:34:38 AM »
Can I just say this is the most fun forum game I've ever been in?
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« Reply #437 on: October 26, 2012, 02:37:52 AM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices

No, the theater is where you go to watch movies.  :D

No, the theatre is where you go to see live plays.  The cinema is where you go to watch films.

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« Reply #438 on: October 26, 2012, 08:16:32 AM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices

No, the theater is where you go to watch movies.  :D

No, the theatre is where you go to see live plays.  The cinema is where you go to watch films.

Ah, the joys of a common language.

No, you go to the cinema to watch movies.  You pick up your films from the photo lab.

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« Reply #439 on: October 26, 2012, 09:08:24 AM »
No.  You go to then to lab to pick up your pictures. 

Films are movies with sub-titles that play in very small cinemas.  Disney makes movies, not films. 

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« Reply #440 on: October 26, 2012, 09:22:13 AM »
No, you use a SD card reader to get your pictures.  :D
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« Reply #441 on: October 26, 2012, 11:54:40 AM »
NO the theatre is where you have your operation, the surgery is where your GP practices

No, the theater is where you go to watch movies.  :D

No, the theatre is where you go to see live plays.  The cinema is where you go to watch films.

Ah, the joys of a common language.

No, you go to the cinema to watch movies.  You pick up your films from the photo lab.

Nope, I pick up my photos from the photo lab.  And the negatives.   At least I did, in the good old days before we digitalised our entire lives.

I only go to the movies when I'm in the US.
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« Reply #442 on: October 26, 2012, 02:59:32 PM »
Films are movies with sub-titles that play in very small cinemas.  Disney makes movies, not films.

Thank you. The indiscriminate use of "film" is one of my big pet peeves. I once saw a magazine article titled The Films of Keanu Reeves. That dude most definitely does not make films. In fact, I would characterize most of them as flicks.
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« Reply #443 on: October 26, 2012, 07:37:46 PM »
I meant to say you "drop off" your film at the photo lab, not pick up them.

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« Reply #444 on: October 26, 2012, 08:38:40 PM »
Well, first you drop off your pictures at the photo lab,  then you pick up the prints. 

Ah, the old complaint about photo labs, 'Someday my prints will come'.


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« Reply #445 on: October 26, 2012, 08:40:25 PM »
Well, first you drop off your pictures at the photo lab,  then you pick up the prints. 

Ah, the old complaint about photo labs, 'Someday my prints will come'.

I drop off my film and pick up my pictures.

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« Reply #446 on: October 26, 2012, 08:50:00 PM »
Films are movies with sub-titles that play in very small cinemas.  Disney makes movies, not films.

Thank you. The indiscriminate use of "film" is one of my big pet peeves. I once saw a magazine article titled The Films of Keanu Reeves. That dude most definitely does not make films. In fact, I would characterize most of them as flicks.

Maybe, but flicks are also chocolate flavored candy (says this San Francisco-bred girl)

http://www.oldtimecandy.com/flicks.htm

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« Reply #447 on: October 26, 2012, 09:59:51 PM »
Well, first you drop off your pictures at the photo lab,  then you pick up the prints. 

Ah, the old complaint about photo labs, 'Someday my prints will come'.

I drop off my film and pick up my pictures.
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« Reply #448 on: October 27, 2012, 10:44:59 AM »
I drop my film off at Boots, a large chemists chain in the UK, they sened it off to be developed, and then I collected the prints later on.

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« Reply #449 on: October 27, 2012, 11:59:28 AM »
To get us back on track re grammar, I wanted to test your views on 'shined' versus 'shone'. 

I can't think of a situation where I'd use "shined" for the past tense of the verb 'to shine'.  I'd always use 'shone'.  So the moon shone in the sky; the light of the torch (flashlight, in the US) shone on the path to light our way etc.  I don't ever shine my shoes: I polish them.  To me, 'shined' sounds totally wrong. 

So, is this just another transatlantic difference that we should forget about or is there a real case to be made to regularise all our irregular verbs?  I can't say I'd like that concept, but I can understand that it would make English an easier language to learn!




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