How should I say when I want to call a noun with another word?

  • Here we call [noun] a [noun].
  • Here we call a [noun] a [noun].

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Here we call a tin "a can".


Here we call "a tin" "can."

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    Could you give us the actual sentence? – user3395 Aug 20 '17 at 18:57
  • - Here we call a tin "a can." or "Here we call "a tin" "can." – user252319 Aug 20 '17 at 19:10

Some examples:

In the US we call them potato chips not potato crisps.

In the US we call lorries trucks.

In the UK a sweater is called a jumper.

In the UK you rent a flat, not an apartment.

In Australia a sidewalk is a footpath.

In the UK they're biscuits instead of cookies.

And many others. In general, you can use any of these with any noun, for example

In the US we call biscuits cookies. A biscuit is something totally different.

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