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Red Carpet Executive Member
| "Re(1):Umbrella" , posted Wed 28 Jun 04:29|
This is driving me crazy. A teacher told me that English speakers say "I WEAR an umbrella when it's raining", but that sounds very strange to my ears.
I'd rather say "I use an umbrella" or "I carry an umbrella" I looked up in Google and couldn't find examples with the use of "wear" + "umbrella".
Could any native speaker of English tell me what is more natural to you to say? "wear" or "use"? Thanks.
Mmm, and to make this related to videogames, let's discuss about RE's Umbrella. What happened to them? In RE 4 it seems the company is no more, but then there's this nifty satellite where you can watch ganados, a babe in red, and God knows how many premium channels. Discuss!
"Wearing an umbrella" would be like "wearing a suitcase"... totally valid, but probably not quite what you mean, at least in Canada.
"Wearing" tends to mean something that is affixed to your body, except when you mean "wearing" in the sense of "wearing out"... in which case you might not be actually "wearing" it, if you know what I mean. You can wear a gun, but you can also hold or carry a gun.
Platinum Carpet V.I.P- Board Master
| "Re(1):Singing In The Rain" , posted Fri 30 Jun 04:44|
Exodus: That guy over there who is 1. CARRYING / 2. USING / 3. WEARING a red umbrella.
although frankly, I'd probably say 'the guy with the umbrella'. It's all very complicated. english has many nuances, but I do enjoy talking about them.
Like if you saw a guy who had a green shirt on, you could certainly say "the guy wearing the green shirt", but colloquially, you're more likely to say 'the guy with the green shirt'.
However, in the umbrella scenario, it could continue this way:
exodus: that guy with the red umbrella.
my friend: that one there? (pointing to someone leaning on an umbrella)
exodus: no, the guy carring the red umbrella.
it sounds a bit clunky, but maybe you see what I mean?