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Can I say a sentence like this:

Last night I dreamed a dream, in which I dreamt of a wonderful land.

Also, is dreamed a dream, american or british english or basic world wide english?
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It's a little bulky. Most times in writing, I try to avoid using the same word if possible.

Unless this is poetry, I would say something like "Last night I dreamed of a wonderful land."
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What I'd still like to know is if it was a correct sentence, british, american, or basic english.

Can I say this way:
I dreamed a dream. I dreamt about sugar plum fairies.
or,
I dreamt a dream. I dreamt about sugar plum fairies.

which way is more common? And can I use dreamed, dream, and dreamt all in the same paragraph or story? someone told me it isn't good english to mix dream, dreamed, and dreamt within the same paper.
Americans are very unlikely to use "dreamt." It seems odd to me to use "dreamt" and "dreamed" in the same passage. But to use the word "dream" (the noun) along with the verb seems okay to me. It does have a poetic or literary element to use both.
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Hi Grammar Geek,

You said:
Americans are very unlikely to use "dreamt."
You're absolutely right. I would like to add that BrE speakers often use 'dreamt'.
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Interesting to note that the meaning 2 here is listed as mainly UK:
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dream


1 to experience events and images in your mind while you are sleeping:
What did you dream about last night?
I often dream about/of flying.
[+ that] I dreamed that I was having a baby.


2 MAINLY UK to imagine that you have heard, done or seen something when you have not:
Did you say that you were going tonight or did I dream it?
I thought I'd bought some polish and it seems I haven't - I must have been dreaming.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=23766&dict=CALD
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Hi Marius Hancu,

I agree with you: that really is interesting. The Oxford English Dicitonary does not label the word 'dream' used in that sense 'chiefly British', though.
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Just my experience, but in Northern California, where I have grown up, I never heard 'dreamed' used in local speech. It is always 'dreamt' around here. I also only hear 'snuck' around here, never 'sneaked'. In local newspapers however, it is always printed 'sneaked' or 'dreamed', so go figure.
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It's quite simple: snuck is incorrect grammar, which is why you wouldn't, or at least shouldn't, see it in the newspaper. Sneaked is correct.

We say dreamt because dreamed and dreamt are pronounced the same way. In the same way, dove is incorrect. It is dived. Just because people are using it in common speech doesn't make a word correct English. There is also no such thing as "so fun". There is "so much fun". It is also incorrect, when talking about someone who was executed, to say he was "hung". He was hanged. That is all correct English and it has been lost because of incorrect speech. Hopefully, there are still some journalists around who know how to use correct English grammar.
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