I sometimes hear people, Brits in my experience, say things like :

  • He completely missed his shot, did Mark!
  • He's out of his mind, is Ronnie!

The sense is clear but I haven't seen this described anywhere. Is that something that is more of a British way of saying things? Is it colloquial or can it be found in more formal types of speeches?

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    There are commas missing in both examples. – Hot Licks Jun 27 at 11:49
  • I see what you mean, I didn't include commas, because the way it's pronounced is a continuous flow without any pause but there might be a slight rise in intonation after "shot" or "mind". – petitrien Jun 27 at 12:18
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    On the contrary, the intonation drops right down for "did" (resp. "is"). Then it rises from low to mid-level during "Mark" (resp. "Ronnie"). And yes, I would use commas too. (A good question though!) – TonyK Jun 27 at 14:17
  • Commas in written English do not always turn into pauses when the same words are spoken. Consider "Hi, Petritien, did the comment by @HotLicks answer your question?". If that was spoken (without the @ of course) you would be very unlikely to hear pauses after Hi or your name. – BoldBen Jun 27 at 15:14
  • Thanks for the answers! I'll trust you on intonation, which, as a non-native speaker, I've always found a bit baffling. I'm adding the commas to show that there are two clauses in the sentence. – petitrien Jun 27 at 16:44

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