Jack Davidson
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Don't worry, this isn't a test. In fact, this isn't even a comparison of your English skills versus the English skills of a native speaker. Rather, I'd like to show you mistakes that even native speakers of English are prone to making. That's right, nobody's perfect, and native English speakers are far from it. You just might be better at English than a native speaker...Want to find out?

Feb 12, 2016 12:00 AM
Comments · 15
Good article. I get affect and effect wrong sometimes! I'm surprised you didn't include "is vs are". I hear say many say things like "there's people here" and "how's things" nowadays, which is just so wrong! (I must admit to being guilty to this as well). 
February 12, 2016
I must say I'm surprised :D haha! I've been studying English as a second language for about 3 and a half years, and I really don't mean to brag, please understand, but those mistakes seem obvious to me, I used to make them when I was a beginner/ pre-intermediate student. It's not that I'm better than natives, but, since I had to learn the language from the very beginning and have attended grammar lessons every week with enthusiasm for 3 years, this kind of mistake is the thing we were 'trained' to avoid. Nice article, Jack!
February 14, 2016

Thanks Jack! It's the first article I read since I am registered in iTalki. I understand it well, although there are many words I didn't know, I guess I read more to increase my vocabulary.

I think this article is very interesting.

March 8, 2016

their and there are not pronounced the same. the ei in their has a different sound than the er in there.

there is pronounced t-h-air their is prounced they-r

May 14, 2018

Well, I believe among all users of any language you may find people, who are educated and uneducated. And what makes it more upset, is a tendency of changing settled rules for the sake of the letter. The main principle here is "to make THEM (political correctness!)  not to feel a rejection to media anouncers, politicians, authorities, literature, etc."

Unfortunately, the Langugage (not only English) has a propencity of becoming a pow-wow. That is why I always say, there are two languagesin each language - a written and an oral.  The written one is that lke "the Golden Latin", "the Old Slavic", "the Japanese Bungo" (unfortunately, I am not an expert in other languages). Form the relatively morden ones we may mention the languages of such authots as Dikkens, Radischev, Dostoevsky, etc. Their texts are a bit flowery based upon the old traditions and sound like a classic music.

And as for the oral ones, there are no strict rules, and the style, the manner of speakind depends only on emotions, level of leducation, newly accepted stereotypes, state of minds and habbits. It is esy here to  change rules, mix words. Here rules the idea not form. I can't help to mention the example from a Russian sketch, where an old had used to call her geese as, "Where are you fegging scums s'pose to go off, nusty dopy haunds?"

June 8, 2016
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