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'Ours' meaning 'our home' - where is it used outside the UK, if anywhere?

I grew up in Scotland and New Zealand and I never came across this usage of "ours" until recently. My wife's sister in Liverpool says it...and now my son, in New Zealand...where he got it ...
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Losing power in the UK vs US: what's more common?

Years later, but still (I think) relevant. I'm increasingly seeing "outage" in UK news reports, but to me it's still an Americanism. One reason I think so is that only Americans say power is ...
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Why is home electricity supply called "mains"?

All of our systems engineers and electrical engineers use that term at my company. I am a mechanical engineer who was tasked to design-in "AC mains" into an electronics box which will ...
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Is a statement considered false or nonsense (invalid), if it consists of a verb applied to a false statement?

Amy is laughing results in Peter is smiling. That is ungrammatical and nonsensical, as the word is often used by native speakers. Unless you define "nonsense" we can only opine on how the ...
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To which object in a previous sentence does "those" refer?

{Those that are there} refers to fleas. Those that are there = those that are present. Were it the cats that were orange the sentence would be The cats rarely have fleas. Those that have [fleas] are ...
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Is "in the essence of time" legitimate? Standard? Regional?

In case Lambie's astute observation in a comment beneath the posted question gets deleted at some point, I want to second the observation that "in the essence of time" is a kind of mashup of ...
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