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Please, help me with English

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by slisse, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. slisse

    slisse Moderator Staff Member

    Not all members here at IB have English as their first language.
    These people may have questions, so, let us keep this thread as a helping hand for them.
     
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  2. slisse

    slisse Moderator Staff Member

    We already know that there are sometimes difficulties with
    its - it's
    then - than
    wear - where
    bear - bare
    they're - their
    weather - whether
    weigh - whey
    weight - wait
    your - you're
    sane - seine
    sweet - suite
    stile - style
    to - too - two
    tree - three
    I - eye - aye - ai
    there - their - they're
    heel - heal
    view - vue
    moose - mousse
    one - won
    no - know
    right - write - rite
    all - awl
    war - wore
    time - thyme
    or - ore
    tour - tore - tor
    flu - flew
    tear - tare
    are - our - r
    team - teem
    flour - flower
    seem - seam
    shoe - shoo
    in - inn
    lye - lie
    gym - jim
    do - dew
    vane - vain - vein
    hole - whole
    mall - maul
    male - mail
    meade - meed
    which - witch
    threw - through
    see - sea
    seem - seam
    mite - might
    aught - ought
    ate - eight
    pale - pail
    wear - ware
    tail - tale
    hare - hair
    pore - pour
    our - hour
    him - hymn

    So, if you want to ask when what is used, just go ahead.
     
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  3. slisse

    slisse Moderator Staff Member

    Good to know:
    One of the worst offenders--
    "I could care less!" instead of the correct "I couldn't care less!"
     
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  4. slisse

    slisse Moderator Staff Member

    Capitals are important!
    See:
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  5. slisse

    slisse Moderator Staff Member

    Okay, let me start referring to the above:

    Why does Uncle get a capital?
     
  6. pussycat

    pussycat Moderator Staff Member

    Punctuation is equally important. Apply the correct punctuation to the following:

    a woman without a man is nothing

    Male answer

    A woman without a man is nothing.

    Female answer

    A woman: without, a man is nothing.
     
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  7. pussycat

    pussycat Moderator Staff Member

    Slisse, this whole exercise will only further confuse matters. If we translate everything said here into English the American members will never understand it.
     
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  8. cummunion

    cummunion Account Deleted

    This has been a favorite of mine.
     
  9. cummunion

    cummunion Account Deleted

    “Uncle Jack enjoys incest.”
    (beginning of a sentence)
    “Sex with Uncle Jack is amazing.”
    (His name is *U*ncle Jack.)
    “I love to suck off my *u*ncle Jack.”
    (He’s my uncle whose name is Jack.)
     
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  10. Dane211

    Dane211 Wife loves me in nylon!

    It is also a title, which are capitalized.

    It can also be considered part of the name.
    Jack Smith
    Uncle Jack Smith
     
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  11. slisse

    slisse Moderator Staff Member

    Thank you.
     
  12. Akbloke

    Akbloke Ex Pig-Fixer "Videmus Agamis"

    Oh so very true Pussycat. I work with a few of those guys where I am, and one of the things that annoys me is how they always "drug" something when those of us who are better educated in the English language know that they really mean that they have "DRAGGED" that something......unless America is full of Drug Addicts?
     
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  13. Dane211

    Dane211 Wife loves me in nylon!

    Dive is another one.
    She dived into the pool.
    Not, she dove into the pool.
    Dove is bird, not a verb.
     
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  14. slisse

    slisse Moderator Staff Member

    Thank you.
     
  15. Brutus58

    Brutus58 Trusted.Member

    That's because we don't speak English, we speak American.
     
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  16. fogfree

    fogfree Trusted Member

    Me too... english isnt my first language.
     
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  17. whitecoffee1

    whitecoffee1 Moderator Staff Member

    I remember a comic image in an old english book back when I was in school.

    On it was a boy yelling: Mom, I sawed the chair.

    The Mom replied with: No, Timmy. You must say "I saw the chair" or "I have seen the chair"

    ... and in the back of the image you could see a rip saw on the floor and a chair with one of its legs sawed off.
     
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  18. pussycat

    pussycat Moderator Staff Member

    At least you realize it.
     
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  19. whitecoffee1

    whitecoffee1 Moderator Staff Member

    Germans often get confused with the word "to become", because it's very similiar to the german word "bekommen" which means "to get" like in "to get a gift".

    So in a restaurant f.e. they would say: "I become a beer."
     
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  20. slisse

    slisse Moderator Staff Member

    A little voice tells me that it wouldn't be wise to go to the following man to improve my English:

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