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I'm a teacher and I'd like to contact other professionals to discuss these topics and to share experience. I know that these exams should be the same in all countries, but still it is interesting to talk about it and to know more about your personal methods and approaches.

Feb 12, 2015 9:12 PM
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Advices?? Well, I never. Can you really say 'advices' in American English?


I've spent a lifetime teaching people that 'advice' is an uncountable. Some advice. A some pieces of advice. But never 'advices'. 


Time to throw away the rule book, by the looks of it.

February 12, 2015

Ann.  'Rather' has a negative connotation. It is not used in the same way as other modifiers. You might say, for example, 'It's a good course, but it's rather intensive'. If you say 'It should be', you are making a recommendation, so you can't use a modifier with a negative connotation.

NB You can't say 'Thank you for your correcting'. 'Correcting' isn't a noun. You can say 'Thank you for correcting ...' (a gerund) or 'Thank you for your correction'.

I'm sorry to be picking you up on these points. I wouldn't normally offer unsolicited corrections, but if you are training students to take English exams, you need to be sure of your own grammar.


Daniel.  I can see why you are confused, but in fact my comment isn't as irrelevant as it seems. There are cases where nouns which are uncountable in British English are used as countable nouns in American English. 'Accommodation' is one such noun. 'Accomodations' is unacceptable in British English, but correct in US English. 

Ann should take it as a compliment to her English that when I read her post at the top of the page I presumed that she was a native speaker. So, when I caught sight of the word 'advices' in her comment, I assumed that this was possibly a US usage. I was very surprised, but I didn't immediately leap up and say 'That's wrong'.

Then, when I saw Mike's comment, I looked more closely at Ann's profile and comment, and realised that this was a non-native slip rather than an acceptable native variant.



February 13, 2015

Su.Ki., I'm confused. What does this have to do with American English?

February 13, 2015

I can give you some advices, but preparation for the exam should be rather intensive. I think you need to find a tutor who could work with you at list 3 times per week. I can’t promise you that.

February 12, 2015

Just noticed a 'native-speaker slip' above  .... I of course meant that 'accommodations' (two m's) is correct in US English.

February 13, 2015
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