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softlysoftly Wed 04-Jun-14 13:02:37

... is wrong?

I'm really not sure confused

It seems to be popping up all over the place "I'm excited for visiting x this weekend" "whoop excited for the new game out".

Or "Excited to" that seems to be new as well.

It just sounds wrong and really really grinds on me but I might be wholly unreasonable and it's perfect grammar?

Surely it's "I'm excited about"??

BertieBotts Thu 05-Jun-14 18:16:28

Thinking about it, Corus, I think I have the same connotation with "Did you feed the cat?"

If, say, I was tired and went to bed early and told DH "Don't forget to feed the cat." then later when he came to bed I might ask "Did you feed the cat?" but if it was a normal evening and I wasn't sure if the cat's bowl was empty because it was greedy or because it hadn't been fed then I'd say "Have you fed the cat?"

Andrewofgg Thu 05-Jun-14 18:08:30

pinkie1982 Your mother is a wonderful woman. For free is loathsome.

softlysoftly Thu 05-Jun-14 17:04:25

Well I feel truly educated now by Bertie though realising it's America in origin has made me ever so slightly more irritated grin

Pumpkin send me your address I may need to relocate!

Blithereens hang your head in shame

BertieBotts Thu 05-Jun-14 16:35:46

YY Corus, that's what I would teach it as (and have in the past). I didn't realise that some people use it to mean "have you ever" grin oh well, just another level of confusing for the students!

Pumpkinpositive Thu 05-Jun-14 16:23:09

It seems to be popping up all over the place "I'm excited for visiting x this weekend" "whoop excited for the new game out".

I have never heard this before.

Rest assure it wouldn't fly in these remote regions where am ur. We abuse the language in many ways in Glasgow but there is a level. hmm

Blithereens Thu 05-Jun-14 16:22:34

Oh dear, I say this blush I have absolutely loads of American friends and I've picked it up from them!

CorusKate Thu 05-Jun-14 16:20:25

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CorusKate Thu 05-Jun-14 16:18:50

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BertieBotts Thu 05-Jun-14 16:13:30

They use the present simple instead. They would probably use it in that context though (I'll have to ask!) but you know, you hear it on TV all the time, stuff like

I don't have it (vs I haven't got it)
I just got home (vs I've just got home)
Did you feed the cat? (vs Have you fed the cat?)
I already did that (vs I've already done it)

happygirl87 Thu 05-Jun-14 16:01:41

Agreed! Went on hol with someone once who used this all the time- argh!

CorusKate Wed 04-Jun-14 14:42:52

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BertieBotts Wed 04-Jun-14 14:35:35

I think it's an American thing to use "I'm excited for [an event]" rather than "I'm excited for [somebody]"

Excited to does work, e.g. "Excited to announce..." "Excited to be..." but it needs to be a transitive verb I think? It doesn't really work with intransitive. "I'm excited to start on Thursday!" should be "I'm excited to be starting on Thursday" or "I'm excited about starting on Thursday".

The thing that really tickles me is that the amount us Brits complain about the "Americanisation" of the language, the American language teachers I know really hate having to teach the present perfect which is a tense we use a lot but they hardly ever use at all, it sounds unnecessarily stuffy and formal to them.

I think "bored of this now" is fine but I've never heard or seen "Pouring of rain". Being bored of something and being bored with something is a slightly different meaning.

I finally worked out what "Could of" etc is - it's a mishearing of the contraction "Could've". Of course the f in "of" is pronounced "v" and the sound in between the d and 've is a schwa. Schwa + v does sound like "of".

MrsRuffdiamond Wed 04-Jun-14 14:25:27

Yes, I know, running.

My point was that I so dislike 'would of', 'could of' etc., that I may have a predisposition to disliking of where it is in fact gramatically correct - e.g. 'bored of'. Why would this be incorrect when 'tired of' is not? That was my query.

CorusKate Wed 04-Jun-14 14:15:14

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SirChenjin Wed 04-Jun-14 14:12:45

YANBU - it drives me mad.

WingDefence Wed 04-Jun-14 14:11:07

YANU - I completely agree that it's been cropping up lots recently and it really does annoy me!


echt Wed 04-Jun-14 13:45:30

May I chip in with "what do do you think to this?"

runningonwillpower Wed 04-Jun-14 13:42:01

I always think 'bored of' sounds odd, too, running, but I could be prejudiced because of the misuse in 'could of', 'would of' etc.

Mrs R - I take your point but it's a different grammatical misuse.

'Could of' is not just a misuse of prepositions, it's a total misunderstanding of grammar.

dorathedestroyer Wed 04-Jun-14 13:35:23

YANBU. It's my newest bugbear. Excited ABOUT. Aboutaboutabout. Argh.

MrsRuffdiamond Wed 04-Jun-14 13:26:47

I always think 'bored of' sounds odd, too, running, but I could be prejudiced because of the misuse in 'could of', 'would of' etc.

You do say "I'm tired of...." so logically you'd think that 'bored' might adopt the same rule?

ShevelKnievel Wed 04-Jun-14 13:21:00

Oh me too. In fact I think I started a similar thread once.

Is just wrong and positively endemic at the moment

softlysoftly Wed 04-Jun-14 13:14:57

Noooooo Spring.

I'm definitely not BU

But I may be turning into my mother.

Or Pinkies mother as she is absolutely correct.

runningonwillpower Wed 04-Jun-14 13:13:54

There's a lot of preposition use that I disagree with. (With which I disagree?)

Regarding excitement, I would either be 'excited about' or excited by' depending on context. I would only be 'excited for' if it were something being experienced by another person and I was pleased on their behalf.

But my main concern is 'of'. Bored 'of'. Surely you are 'bored with'? Similarly, 'pouring of rain'. Isn't it pouring 'with rain'?

As for 'different to'? It makes no sense. It's 'different from'.

But language develops and that's a good thing.

SpringBreaker Wed 04-Jun-14 13:12:47

If I said "I am excited for my friend" that context would be correct..

but yanbu .. how about..

"I am excited to of been going to London" grin

softlysoftly Wed 04-Jun-14 13:06:50


I promise to post an exciting thread in the near future to make up for it.

I shall deliberately provoke a pensioner, get weed on by someones toddler or steal a parking space to create the opportunity.

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