burnt slightly

Ptak

Senior Member
Rußland
If you were frying meat, or a cutlet, and it burnt a bit, what do you say:
It's a bit burnt
It's slightly burnt
It's burnt slightly


or somehow else?..
 
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  • emma42

    Senior Member
    British English
    I would say "It's burnt slightly" if I meant "It has burnt", rather than "It is burnt".

    I would say "It's burnt slightly" if there were a pause between "burnt" and "slightly".

    "It's burnt [pause]. Slightly".
     

    panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    If you were frying meat, or a cutlet, and it burnt a bit, what do you say:
    [...]
    I have no idea. This has never happened to me :)

    If it did, I would say "It's a bit burnt."
    That is the most informal/ casual suggestion and in these circumstances I would want to emphasise the informal/ casual because it helps to play down my failure.
     

    timpeac

    Senior Member
    English (England)
    I have no idea. This has never happened to me :)

    If it did, I would say "It's a bit burnt."
    That is the most informal/ casual suggestion and in these circumstances I would want to emphasise the informal/ casual because it helps to play down my failure.
    Yes, for me too. I can imagine a cook saying "it's a bit burnt I'm afraid" whilst they're serving it up to you on a plate nonetheless. If they said "it's slightly burnt" I think I would be expecting something really scorched since it's much more matter of fact.
     
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