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'We confirmed now they are not Asian looking males.'grammar error in it? I quote this sentence from http://gma.yahoo.com/malaysia-airlines-passenger-stolen-passport-caught-video-122720179--abc-news-topstories.html when a Malaysian official are answering questions about the lost Malaysian airliner. 'Comfirmed now' seems self-contradictory. should it be better by 'we have confirmed now. '
10 мар. 2014 г., 16:40
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On the one hand, yes the sentence could have been more technically correct. However, there are a few things to think about... 1) This is a spoken quote. 2) If you had listened to his statements, you'd realise quite quickly that he is not a native English speaker (however, his English is very good in spite of his strong accent). 3) It's not a good look to be critical of another person's (non-native) English skills when you make so many mistakes in your own writing. I'm sure you could have worded your question a little more thoughtfully.
10 марта 2014 г.
You are right. It would either be "we have now confirmed that" OR "We have confirmation now that"
10 марта 2014 г.
Yes, "have confirmed" would be better. Also "Asian-looking".
10 марта 2014 г.
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