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Do Americans ever say 'tap' or is it always 'faucet'?

Date: 2011-07-26 06:52 pm (UTC)
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It was always faucet for me. Tap is a verb.

Date: 2011-07-26 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! And would you turn it on or open it?

Date: 2011-07-26 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Never open. Turn it on, twist it (it's often a knob), lift it if it's a lifty one...varies. But definitely not open. Actually I'd say run it. You run a faucet (well, you turn on the faucet and the water runs out but it shortens)

Date: 2011-07-27 06:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i agree with ashfae. you'd run a bath, turn on the outside faucet, but still run the hose. only firemen open hydrants.

Date: 2011-07-27 08:13 am (UTC)
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Can I ask you one last question because you're so helpful?

Is 'semi-detached' (as in a house) a phrase you'd hear/something that exists in the US?

Ta x

Date: 2011-07-27 09:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ask as many questions as you want, I really don't mind. =) Payback for all the questions I've asked abuot the UK over the years, as I see it! I don't think that description exists, though; it *might* and I just might not have run across it because I wasn't living in those sorts of houses, but I'm sure I never heard it until I moved to Scotland. I remember being extremely confused about what it meant.

Date: 2011-07-27 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks you're very helpful! xx

Date: 2011-07-27 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay, I like being helpful! =)

Date: 2011-07-27 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had the same thing with confusion over the term. If anything it would be called a duplex Stateside. when someone calls something a semi, it's the equivalent of an articulated lorry.


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