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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?
Unless this is poetry, I would say something like "Last night I dreamed of a wonderful land."
Can I say this way:
I dreamed a dream. I dreamt about sugar plum fairies.
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."You're absolutely right. I would like to add that BrE speakers often use 'dreamt'.
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.
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.
Anonymous: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.
Anonymous: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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