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Hi,
this is a duplicated post. I posted this in the grammar section, but since no one seems to care about this there, I decided to post it here too. Here's the original post.
PS: the character speaks pretty fast, maybe listening with headphones will help notice strange features or slight variations in pronunciation.

Hi,
I decided to post this question here, because it is about comprehension... but it involves grammar. Move it to the pronunciation section if you think it is not ok to have it here.
Ok, this is a video.

http://www.filenanny.com/files/44f7b9c9f14e0/package.avi

The last things he said, according to subtitles and transcripts:
Oh boy, I've never gotten a package this big. I've always wanted to have a huge package.

This is what I heard, instead:
Oh boy, I'd never gotten a package this (?date). I'd always wanted to have a huge package.

Questions:
1 - What does he actually say?
2 - Regardless of what he says, in that exact situation, would both the present perfect and the past perfect be ok? (I've never gotten... I've always wanted - I'd never gotten... I'd always wanted)

My answer: I think he uses the past perfect, but the present perfect would have been ok too in that situation. But I'm confused... maybe the past perfect doesn't sound very good.
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I can't open the file (corrupted) but generally speaking, you wouldn't use past perfect for this unless you were describing something that happened in the past. For example, if you were an adult musing over your reaction to a package you received when you were 10 years old. You can't use it for current events.
Hi,
thanks for trying. Your reply was very useful even though you didn't see the video.

I tried to download my video, and I had no problems. It worked. Maybe thre was a problem during the download or your player can't decode the file. That would be strange though, it's in XVID.
Let's see if someone else feels like trying to see that...
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I have no problem watching the video.

Anyway, what it seems to me is:

Oh boy, I've never gotten a package this big. I'd always wanted to have a huge package.

This is just my attempt. I am sure about the first first sentence. The 2nd one has a hard time understanding it @~@ If other people might have problem watching it, maybe you could upload it to youtube or something.

Hope other members will be able to help you out Emotion: smile
Hi Yuki,
thank you for watching my video Emotion: smile

The fact is that listening to it just using PC speakers, it is difficult to hear some sounds. Listening with my headphones, it seems to me that he could well say either "I've" or "I'd", he says that too fast. And the way he pronounce "big"... I think he wants to say "big", but it doesn't really pronounce "big"... I hear an "ay" sound.
Anyway, the fact is that I think the authors (Tray and Matt) want the characters to talk too fast, so it is undertandable that they mispronounce something, sometimes. Emotion: smile

My my problem was also a grammar problem (I've or I'd?). That's why I wanted to know exactly what Butters said.
Ah, South Park Emotion: big smile. They do speak in rather odd voices, (especially Cartman) so don't expect standard pronounciation.
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Nona The BritAh, South Park Emotion: big smile. They do speak in rather odd voices, (especially Cartman) so don't expect standard pronounciation.
I am horrible with grammar LOL So, hopefully someone that has good grammar will be able to help you on that one ^_^

As Nona The Brit has said, we shouldn't expect standard pronunciation, should we expect proper grammar or no?

They surely talk fast.. I just hope you don't learn all the f words and master it in your daily usage! LOL (Ok, I am just kidding about this one)

P.S. Sorry for off topic. Hey though, I am a little bit on the topic.
I wouldn't expect proper grammar either. Don't forget they are supposed to be foul-mouthed slang-using odd little 8 year old children.
Nona The BritI wouldn't expect proper grammar either. Don't forget they are supposed to be foul-mouthed slang-using odd little 8 year old children.
That is what I was thinking about the grammar thing. For the 2nd part, didn't know that. As I found several episodes pretty funny and wanted to use for English listening practice. But my best friend stopped me saying those are too childish and I would be corrupted -__-""" So never watched again.. He was afraid I would get used to all the f words and start saying it myself LOL >.>
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