I et it earlier or I ate it earlier?

(12 Posts)
PeacesOfAte Tue 23-Jul-13 23:51:14

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?

fieldfare Tue 23-Jul-13 23:53:22

I think ate is the correct thing to say. I sometimes slip the odd Lincolnshire slang in and it becomes et instead.

Spinaroo Tue 23-Jul-13 23:54:48

Ate! Et is a Scottish colloquialism too.

cephalicdream Tue 23-Jul-13 23:55:51

Eat surely not et ?

I say et, it's just a different pronunciation of ate to me hmm like live is live /wind is wind - am I wrong blush probably. . I don't mind, everyone I know does it.

both are correct

I use both interchangeably I think

Ooh I'm Scottish!

<leaves thread very happy to have an 'out'>

OldLadyKnowsNothing Tue 23-Jul-13 23:58:18

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 grin

awkward

PeacesOfAte Wed 24-Jul-13 08:36:37

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?

TwasBrillig Wed 24-Jul-13 08:40:28

I'd use et for past tense if I think about it and thought that was correct.

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