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My son said that he 'et' something earlier, and I corrected him and told him to say 'ate' (to rhyme with mate) instead. My mother was there, and said I was wrong, and that she had apparently always been told at school that she should say 'et' not 'ate'. I'm convinced that if you're speaking properly you'd never say 'et'. Who's right please?
I think ate is the correct thing to say. I sometimes slip the odd Lincolnshire slang in and it becomes et instead.
Ate! Et is a Scottish colloquialism too.
Eat surely not et ?
I say et, it's just a different pronunciation of ate to me like live is live /wind is wind - am I wrong probably. . I don't mind, everyone I know does it.
both are correctI use both interchangeably I think
Ooh I'm Scottish! <leaves thread very happy to have an 'out'>
Eat; doing it atm. Doing it in the past, ate.I have heard et, and as part of an accent/dialect it's fine, but correct English (says she, as a Scot) is "ate".
Neither is incorrect though - it's like forehead/forred
I say foe-uhr haid awkward
Thanks for the replies.So you could say 'I et it' and be correct?I find it very odd that she was corrected from 'ate' to 'et' though, surely no-one would think 'et' to be more correct?
I'd use et for past tense if I think about it and thought that was correct.
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