https://www.duolingo.com/PaulCulloty

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It seems strange that "runners" isn't accepted as a correct answer here, when that would be the English term generally used in both the UK and Ireland, with "trainers" very much an American usage.

January 28, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2

I thought that "trainers" was an English term. I very rarely hear it in the US. We would say "running shoes" most likely. Possibly "sneakers" or "athletic shoes" though those are both a little old-fashioned, and not as specific as "running shoes"

January 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete

Are you meaning trainers as in the running shoes footwear?

I have never heard them called 'runners' and I am a native English speaker from the UK. I have heard them called pumps, daps, and more frequently the americanism 'trainers', but never runners. Which part of the UK did you hear this term?

January 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulCulloty

Must be purely Irish slang, then, but like sneakers in USA, it's a general nationwide term.

January 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RobinV.

It's interesting that "trainers" is considered an American term- I live in upstate NY and I don't think I've ever heard anyone call this type of footwear "trainers". I agree with JeffA2 in that I would have expected that to be a British thing. Generally everyone (in this part of the country anyway) calls them sneakers. :)

February 6, 2016

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