Why do i have better grammar and spelling that some native english speakers?
Topic: English language writing and speaking
July 20, 2019 / By Dacey Question:
I´ve seen soooo many questions here from english speaking people that don´t know how to write down a question properly,and some people use your instead of you´re etc...
And spanish is my native language!!!
@ marty, typo!!
Best Answers: Why do i have better grammar and spelling that some native english speakers?
Billie | 6 days ago
Haha, I've wondered about that too. I was born in Taiwan but lived in the U.S. for over a decade. I think it's because in ESL they actually teach you grammar. They also teach with basic and simple sentence structures...so we learn English from the very bottom of the pyramid but for native English speakers they grew up speaking the language and think they KNOW the language so they don't pay attention to grammar. When I went to high school the teacher didn't start teaching grammar until our senior year! While we took ESL as little kids, the native English speakers never got the chance to build their pyramid steadily.
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Originally Answered: Native English Speakers only, what would you say?
Im taking english now, honors level and by having that "," makes it a run-on sentence even though it doesnt seem like it. "first" must have a , after it or it is also a run on.
>Greeting class, first, we will be correcting the mistakes in your homework.<
Im pretty sure that you needed some type of , there. Although you can always change the sentence around.
>First, we will correct the mistakes in your homework today in class.<
^^^Chris is also correct cause he changed the fragment^^^
Written English is actually quite difficult. Spelling is a bee-atch, really. I live in Helsinki now, and my friends can't believe we actually had Spelling Class when I was a kid, because written Finnish looks exactly as it is spoken; there are no silent letters or multiple pronunciations like hard and soft "c." Spelling is probably quite difficult for a lot of kids to learn. Having said that, I weep in a most doleful manner over my little brothers' essays, in which their tenuous grasp of their own langugage is painfully evident. Honestly. Education's just not doing it anymore. And I don't agree with the implied sentiment that all British children have the Queen's English. Having said that, perhaps our culture is drifting away from the written word, and perhaps English grammar and usage will simply morph into something quite different to what we now regard as standard usage. Languages evolve, and there's not a whole lot you can do about that. And probably another factor is laziness, resulting from a total lack of consequences. There was a time when writing poorly might affect your chances of impressing someone. Nowadays the status quo on the Internet is quite the opposite. Mind you, it's not as though 100 years ago everyone was writing letters every day with perfect grammar. PS lol "upequitus"
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Because it's the internet and people are trying to communicate, not impress English professors.
Also, keep in mind 2 things: 1) English is so widespread that native speakers often treat it more functionally rather than with pride, unlike many other countries which take pride in their language and see it as a part of their heritage and culture. 2) Combine #1 with the fact that native speakers don't receive the formal introduction to the language that non-native speakers receive, and thus aren't as nitpicky about such subtle inflections.
I mean, let's face it, no English speaker is going to NOT know what you mean if you use "your" instead of "you're". Hell sometimes when chatting in IM I even use "ur", even though it means 'from' in Swedish, because it's less tedious and it gets the message across all the same.
Granted, many English speakers can't spell or use proper grammar because our education system is generally crap, but I wouldn't flatter myself if I caught someone with bad grammar on the internet.
That's like trying to vacuum sand off the beach and then patting yourself on the back for making the beach less dirty.
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because you learnt english as a second language. you have been drilled in grammar for your entire enlish learning "career". therefore you know the rules of when to use which tense etc. native english speakers are lazy and forget their grammar very easily (especially australians and americans)
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The age of texting, IM, and email has caused terrible grammar and spelling. There are people is my company in high paying, important positions that have the worst grammar and spelling.
Seems like no one cares anymore.
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Originally Answered: English native speakers, I need your help?
"Hobbies: oil painting, computer graphics, art photography. Attending an Author's Cinema club. Sports: hiking, skiing, ice skating. I also enjoy traveling and sightseeing."
absolutely perfect - and very professional...the only thing that bothers me a little bit:
The way 'Attending an Author's Cinema club' sticks out like a sore thumb...
Was it a particular author's cinema club or just anyone who'd wrote anything? If it was different authors, even if you yourself had written something, then it shouldn't be capitalised...if it was one author then it's probably ok (but i'd drop names at this point if it was...). But like I said this thing just stuck out to me - it needs integrating - the rest of it doesn't suddenly jump out - no offence - I mean it flows well - but this one sentence (actually a fragment) doesn't.
Maybe, if it wasn't just one particular author you could say, "...attending cinema clubs" or "attending the cinema club" or if it was more specific like, if you spoke to producers or writers - "attending film/movie production events", etc.