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Americanism? (Parent needing help)

Post by BigPea » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:16 am

Hi, I hope I'm posting in the right place.

My teenage daughter has started using the phrase "Are you actually?" When questioning others statements. This sounds incorrect to me, although I can't explain why, I wouldn't use that wording. Can anyone advise me as to whether she does indeed make sense using this question, or if not why not?

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Re: Americanism? (Parent needing help)

Post by Joe » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:49 pm

I agree it does sound a bit strange. Perhaps you would expect "Are you really?"??

I don't think it's an Americanism, more likely a youngsterism ;-)

However, it's difficult to be categorical since context is important. Could you give one or two examples please?
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Re: Americanism? (Parent needing help)

Post by BigPea » Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:40 am

Hi Joe, thanks you for the reply.
Yes, as you say, you would expect "Are you really?"

Examples would be along the lines of:

12 year old son "I'm going to save up and buy a car"
18 year old daughter "Are you actually though?"

11 YO daughter "I've ordered a new bright pink hoodie"
18 YO daughter "Have you actually?"

In both of these examples I would expect the use of 'really' instead of 'actually' or indeed to not use the extra words at all eg. "Are you though?" "Have you?" But I lack the knowledge to be able to explain why.

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