Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
4984 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2277


  Reply # 1869714 20-Sep-2017 20:03
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

DarthKermit:

 

OMG, I just heard a reporter on TV1 news midday talk about the 'many gallons' of fuel needed for the airport. surprised

 

 

 

 

Good thing airlines always know the difference.

 

They immediately searched their emergency checklist for the section on flying the aircraft with both engines out, only to find that no such section existed


9789 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2977

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1870323 21-Sep-2017 15:14
Send private message quote this post

We clearly ARE part of America. My solicitor required me to make a declaration concerning my status as a US taxpayer recently regarding a real estate transaction.

 

I told them I regarded it as impertinent to the point of rudeness but they advised that if I did not declare otherwise, the US would assume that I was a US taxpayer and send me a bill.

 

 

 

Apparently "F*** Off!" was not an acceptable reply...






 
 
 
 


Onward
11276 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5003

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1870343 21-Sep-2017 15:33
Send private message quote this post

Geektastic:

 

We clearly ARE part of America. My solicitor required me to make a declaration concerning my status as a US taxpayer recently regarding a real estate transaction.

 

I told them I regarded it as impertinent to the point of rudeness but they advised that if I did not declare otherwise, the US would assume that I was a US taxpayer and send me a bill.

 

 

 

Apparently "F*** Off!" was not an acceptable reply...

 

 

 

 

Really? when the heck did that start? oh and "F*** off" is very acceptable tongue-out





Mike
Retired IT Manager. 
The views stated in my posts are my personal views and not that of any other organisation.

 

 It's our only home, lets clean it up then...

 

Take My Advice, Pull Down Your Pants And Slide On The Ice!

 

 


9789 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2977

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1870353 21-Sep-2017 15:43
Send private message quote this post

MikeB4:

 

Geektastic:

 

We clearly ARE part of America. My solicitor required me to make a declaration concerning my status as a US taxpayer recently regarding a real estate transaction.

 

I told them I regarded it as impertinent to the point of rudeness but they advised that if I did not declare otherwise, the US would assume that I was a US taxpayer and send me a bill.

 

 

 

Apparently "F*** Off!" was not an acceptable reply...

 

 

 

 

Really? when the heck did that start? oh and "F*** off" is very acceptable tongue-out

 

 

 

 

We are in agreement. I have no idea when it started - nor why we agreed to cooperate with such an invasive policy.






5688 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2586

Subscriber

  Reply # 1870363 21-Sep-2017 16:00
Send private message quote this post

Geektastic:

 

We are in agreement. I have no idea when it started - nor why we agreed to cooperate with such an invasive policy.

 

 

Thank National for that. Sucking up to the USA. Yay NZ as the 51st state.

 

 





I reject your reality and substitute my own. - Adam Savage
 


17255 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2081

Trusted

  Reply # 1870445 21-Sep-2017 18:30
Send private message quote this post

MikeB4:

 

Geektastic:

 

We clearly ARE part of America. My solicitor required me to make a declaration concerning my status as a US taxpayer recently regarding a real estate transaction.

 

I told them I regarded it as impertinent to the point of rudeness but they advised that if I did not declare otherwise, the US would assume that I was a US taxpayer and send me a bill.

 

 

 

Apparently "F*** Off!" was not an acceptable reply...

 

 

 

 

Really? when the heck did that start? oh and "F*** off" is very acceptable tongue-out

 

 

Yeah, really? Wow.


3940 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1995

Trusted
Subscriber

Reply # 1870447 21-Sep-2017 18:34
Send private message quote this post

The Yanks are doing that in places like Switzerland too. Sticking their noses in people's financial records and making foreign banks comply with US laws.


17255 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2081

Trusted

  Reply # 1870453 21-Sep-2017 19:04
Send private message quote this post

Geektastic:

 

Apparently "F*** Off!" was not an acceptable reply...

 

 

Perhaps it's a slang that's not American enough?


614 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 121


  Reply # 1870504 21-Sep-2017 21:06
Send private message quote this post

The ending of questions with the word at is another, I believe, americanism, that is really common here, even with well educated people. Admittedly it's not considered good English in the U.S.

http://www.patrickkphillips.com/grammar/ending-sentences-with-at-grammar/

My kids say fire truck instead of fire engine and pants instead of trousers.




1218 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 511


  Reply # 1870506 21-Sep-2017 21:10
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

@tripper1000: One rule is that 'an' precedes only words starting with vowels, the other rule is that 'an' precedes words starting with a vowel sound.

 

No, there is only one rule. Use the article 'an' before a vowel sound, and 'a' before a consonant sound. So 'an hour', 'a unicorn'.


1218 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 511


  Reply # 1870510 21-Sep-2017 21:15
Send private message quote this post

@JayADee: ...but I admit I can't master the kiwi pronunciation of garage 

 

Garridge?


3940 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1995

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1870515 21-Sep-2017 21:21
Send private message quote this post

andrew027:

 

@tripper1000: One rule is that 'an' precedes only words starting with vowels, the other rule is that 'an' precedes words starting with a vowel sound.

 

No, there is only one rule. Use the article 'an' before a vowel sound, and 'a' before a consonant sound. So 'an hour', 'a unicorn'.

 

 

I've never understood "An hotel." then. Unless it's pronounced with a silent H??? "An oh tell."


1379 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 189


  Reply # 1870525 21-Sep-2017 21:49
Send private message quote this post

andrew027:

@JayADee: ...but I admit I can't master the kiwi pronunciation of garage 


Garridge?



Yes, so, gaw-raj. Maybe because it seldom comes up.

1379 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 189


  Reply # 1870528 21-Sep-2017 22:06
Send private message quote this post

DarthKermit:

andrew027:


@tripper1000: One rule is that 'an' precedes only words starting with vowels, the other rule is that 'an' precedes words starting with a vowel sound.


No, there is only one rule. Use the article 'an' before a vowel sound, and 'a' before a consonant sound. So 'an hour', 'a unicorn'.



I've never understood "An hotel." then. Unless it's pronounced with a silent H??? "An oh tell."



I would use a hotel. A history. But in front of just saying the letter h I would use an.
An 'h'. An 's'. An 'L'. An 'm'. An 'n'. An 'a', a 'b', a 'c' , a 'u', etc. but I'm sure no expert!


9789 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2977

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1870560 21-Sep-2017 23:13
Send private message quote this post

JayADee:
DarthKermit:

 

andrew027:

 

 

 

@tripper1000: One rule is that 'an' precedes only words starting with vowels, the other rule is that 'an' precedes words starting with a vowel sound.

 

 

 

No, there is only one rule. Use the article 'an' before a vowel sound, and 'a' before a consonant sound. So 'an hour', 'a unicorn'.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've never understood "An hotel." then. Unless it's pronounced with a silent H??? "An oh tell."

 



I would use a hotel. A history. But in front of just saying the letter h I would use an.
An 'h'. An 's'. An 'L'. An 'm'. An 'n'. An 'a', a 'b', a 'c' , a 'u', etc. but I'm sure no expert!

 

 

 

The correct form would be 'an hotel' as in received pronunciation (BBC English) it the h in hotel is not stressed, unlike house etc.

 

Even after living here for over a decade, I still meet Kiwis I can't understand sometimes - I have to get them to repeat what they said! Even more strange is the fact that this current guttural version of the Kiwi accent seems fairly modern. I have listened to a number of recorded interviews from the 40 years or so after WW2 and the accent was a great deal more refined then than it is now. I do not know what changed it.






1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Vodafone TV — television in the cloud
Posted 17-Oct-2017 19:29


Nokia 8 review: Classy midrange pure Android phone
Posted 16-Oct-2017 07:27


Why carriers might want to embrace Commerce Commission study, MVNOs
Posted 13-Oct-2017 09:42


Fitbit launches Ionic, its health and fitness smartwatch
Posted 12-Oct-2017 15:52


Xero launches machine learning automation to improve coding accuracy for small businesses
Posted 12-Oct-2017 15:45


Bank of New Zealand uses Intel AI to detect financial crime
Posted 12-Oct-2017 15:39


Sony launches Xperia XZ1, a smartphone with real-time 3D capture
Posted 11-Oct-2017 10:26


Notes on Nokia’s phone comeback
Posted 10-Oct-2017 10:06


Air New Zealand begins Inflight Wi-Fi rollout
Posted 9-Oct-2017 20:16


The latest mobile phones in perspective
Posted 9-Oct-2017 18:34


Review: Acronis True Image 2018 — serious backup
Posted 8-Oct-2017 11:22


Lenovo launches ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25
Posted 7-Oct-2017 23:16


Less fone, more tech as Vodafone gets brand make-over
Posted 6-Oct-2017 08:16


API Talent Achieves AWS MSP Partner Status
Posted 5-Oct-2017 21:20


Stellar Consulting Group now a Domo Partner
Posted 5-Oct-2017 21:03



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.