Two other countries separated by a common language

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Sep 30 20:33:14 UTC 2007

LOL. Doug Harris said something to a similar effect. I was of course
simply inventing a sentence that I thought a tourist might ask. BB

Paul Johnston wrote:
> Assuming they'd know what a subway station is.  A subway is an
> underpass over a road, though "Tube/Underground station" would be fine.
> As someone who did use to ask questions like that, I usually got my
> questions answered as i would here, but sometimes preceded by a
> repetition.  "The Tube Station?  Oh, you'll have to go down
> Rellingford Road to get there."
> Paul Johnston
> On Sep 29, 2007, at 3:04 AM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
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>> I have heard that in England questions such as "Do you know where the
>> subway station is?" are considered yes/no. Is this the same issue? BB
>> Wilson Gray wrote:
>>> An American has a handful of wallet-sized, plastic calendars given
>>> away as a form of advertising by his bank.
>>> The American, proffering a calendar to an Australian friend, speaks:
>>> "Can you use one of these?"
>>> The Australian, after pondering the American's question and briefly
>>> examining the calendar, returns it and, answering the question with a
>>> question, replies:
>>> "You just look at it, don't you?"

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