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lazarius
Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 2:24:57 PM

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I've always thought a couple years was American but here's BBC:

https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20211119-why-more-people-are-saying-yall

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In other regions of the US, "y'all" has historically been far less common. Yet, in the past couple years, "y'all" seems to have exploded in use, including and especially among people who live far outside the South, in places north of the Mason-Dixon Line in the US, like New York City, and even overseas.

What about a pair socks? Is it acceptable in British English?

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 2:56:19 PM

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No it's not.
Everyone can understand it, but it's still not English.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 3:32:25 PM

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This is an article written by an American. That is why they can comment in this way on American speech patterns.

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My mother’s family is from the South, and I lived in the region for several years while growing up, where I heard ‘y’all’ daily.

They mean the southern states of the USA.

They wrote 'a couple years' because they are American. The BBC left it because it is his authentic dialectal voice.




lazarius
Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 3:35:18 PM

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thar wrote:
This is an article written by an American.

I should have guessed. Thank you very much!

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tautophile
Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 4:09:22 PM
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The AmE is "a couple of years", which is elided into "a couple a years" pronounced "kup-la", which is further elided into "a couple [] year" where [] represents a very slight unsounded pause, which is further elided into "a couple years".
lazarius
Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2021 4:29:47 PM

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tautophile wrote:
The AmE is "a couple of years", which is elided into "a couple a years" pronounced "kup-la", which is further elided into "a couple [] year" where [] represents a very slight unsounded pause, which is further elided into "a couple years".

We are discussing a piece of writing.

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Wang Yirun (Gesps)
Posted: Friday, November 26, 2021 2:58:48 AM

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What about a pair socks? Is it acceptable in British English? No, as it needs an 'of'.
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