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Old April 25th, 2014, 05:37 PM   #24761
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Old April 25th, 2014, 05:38 PM   #24762
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can't you just... drive back to UK every few months then be okay?
Nobody is ever going to check it. I mean... who would you report to when you get to the UK?
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Old April 26th, 2014, 12:54 AM   #24763
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The country with a Ministry of Silly Walks surely has such a department!
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Old April 26th, 2014, 02:28 AM   #24764
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Old April 26th, 2014, 02:38 AM   #24765
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Old April 26th, 2014, 02:49 AM   #24766
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Old April 26th, 2014, 02:33 PM   #24767
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Few days ago most of the Hungary (Budapest for example) was updated on Google Street View with fresh images from summer 2013. I find this strange since previous images were from late 2011 or early 2012. On the other hand, Paris or London images are from 2008 or 2009. Google loves Hungary!
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Old April 26th, 2014, 06:43 PM   #24768
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would you live in the viaduct?

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Old April 26th, 2014, 06:59 PM   #24769
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Old April 26th, 2014, 10:28 PM   #24770
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Where have you been, hofburg? There was an SSC meeting in Nova Gorica and Gorizia on Tuesday.

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Old April 27th, 2014, 12:54 AM   #24771
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Old April 28th, 2014, 12:41 AM   #24772
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They said that the highway was never completed in 50 years. Wrong, it opened in the early 1970s after few years of works but it was a narrow substandard motorway. The viaduct was recently abandoned, when a modern motorway was built next to the old stretch.
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Old April 28th, 2014, 01:39 PM   #24773
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Old April 28th, 2014, 09:34 PM   #24774
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Nice

Just today, I have parked my car behind the car that had the opposite plate as me. Mine is BA-abcXX, and his was XX-abcBA Nice coincidence.


Btw. Sorry to bother you with my english-grammar-related questions, but I have noticed strange kind of sentences with common word order, but question mark at the end. What does it mean?

I've observed, that these questions almost always occur in case, the person who ask is sure about the answer.

Like my grandma is handing me a plate full of chocolate pancakes and I ask her: I can have chocolate pancakes? (it is obvious that the answer is yes).

Am I right? Or is that strange kind of slang?
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Old April 28th, 2014, 09:45 PM   #24775
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I can have chocolate pancakes? is broken English.

Can I have some chocolate pancakes? is proper English.

In your context: are they mine? Thank you very much indeed!
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Old April 28th, 2014, 09:50 PM   #24776
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Btw. Sorry to bother you with my english-grammar-related questions, but I have noticed strange kind of sentences with common word order, but question mark at the end. What does it mean?

I've observed, that these questions almost always occur in case, the person who ask is sure about the answer.

Like my grandma is handing me a plate full of chocolate pancakes and I ask her: I can have chocolate pancakes? (it is obvious that the answer is yes).

Am I right? Or is that strange kind of slang?
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I can have chocolate pancakes? is broken English.

Can I have some chocolate pancakes? is proper English.

In your context: are they mine? Thank you very much indeed!
Yeah, it's probably a grammar structure coming from the first language of the speaker. For example, Italian language has no verb-subject inversion in questions.
So Italians like me tend to do that kind of mistake, when speaking English
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Old April 28th, 2014, 10:04 PM   #24777
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I can have chocolate pancakes? is broken English.

Can I have some chocolate pancakes? is proper English.

In your context: are they mine? Thank you very much indeed!
I'm trying to avoid such word order, which is quite easy in questions and sometimes confusing in subordinate clauses, but I've seen such word order many times. So perhaps it is a kind of slang or what (established on sites like 9gag.com, reddit.com etc. sites) :-)
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Like my grandma is handing me a plate full of chocolate pancakes and I ask her: I can have chocolate pancakes? (it is obvious that the answer is yes).

Am I right? Or is that strange kind of slang?
Yes, it is a bit odd. It usually would occur when someone didn't think something was true, but just realized maybe it was. So it's used to express surprise, and maybe just to confirm his new understanding of the situation. In this case, the person didn't think he could have chocolate pancakes, but since he was just handed some, realized that maybe he could. Another way to say it would be: Is it true that I can have chocolate pancakes?
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Old April 28th, 2014, 10:20 PM   #24779
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Yes, it is a bit odd. It usually would occur when someone didn't think something was true, but just realized maybe it was. So it's used to express surprise, and maybe just to confirm his new understanding of the situation. In this case, the person didn't think he could have chocolate pancakes, but since he was just handed some, realized that maybe he could. Another way to say it would be: Is it true that I can have chocolate pancakes?
Well, it happens to me in my language too. Sometimes I state a common notification sentence, when the doubts cuts in during the last word and it sound like a clumsy question with wrong word order eventually. But I was speaking about written text, not about speech.
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I can have chocolate pancakes? is broken English.

Can I have some chocolate pancakes? is proper English.

In your context: are they mine? Thank you very much indeed!
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Yeah, it's probably a grammar structure coming from the first language of the speaker. For example, Italian language has no verb-subject inversion in questions.
So Italians like me tend to do that kind of mistake, when speaking English
It's not a mistake or even "bad," necessarily, depending on what you're trying to say: with the right intonation, a native speaker can say "I can have chocolate pancakes?"...it implies that he's surprised, that he thought he couldn't. (But yes, if you're just asking for some pancakes, say "can I...?" or, better, "may I...?" I was taught as a child that "may I" is more polite. If I said "can I," I was corrected.)

EDIT: What Natomasken said (I hadn't read that post yet.)
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