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    birdeen's call is offline VIP Member
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    Default Re: no stuff for the has-beens

    I feel there is too much crypticness here. Please, let's be nice to one another. Hucky, if there's something on your mind, why not say it openly? It would cause less tension.

    Sorry if nothing like that is going on and I'm meddling unnecessarily.

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    Default Re: no stuff for the has-beens

    [QUOTE=Hucky;736334]
    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    The thing is, I think it's funny. You cannot say whether something is funny or not, only whether it's funny or not to you.

    LOL! ROFL! – He who laughs last, laughs longest. Your thesis has proven right again: What is funny depends on the subjectivity of the respective individual.

    Well, I for one think thatīs a good one, nay one of the best ever! It has even got a tinge of the tragicomic. You will certainly not find it funny. But thatīs really unequalled: a harmless question has changed your identity. Meantime, you have mutated into an English native speaker. Thatīs what science calls evolution! (A former thread member will be in raptures about the phrase evolving language and feel confirmed in her views.) Linguists, who will rejoice, should be made aware of this rare phenomenon of a speakerīs transition from one native language to another, in doing so even skipping the borderlines of different linguistic branches, from Slavonic to Germanic. In face of the unfortunate outcome, however, they will lament the progress achieved by speaking two mother tongues (just two?). Here is a real-life example (quotation):



    Location: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
    Native language: Canadian English, Russian

    If you still know him now, you would say:
    I knew Tom since when he was just five years old.
    I have known Tom since when he was just five years old. ( I would rather use this.)

    This lady doesnīt speak English, but volumes about her "native language"!

    You are more than welcome to keep your views and opinions on me or my native language to yourself. I have absolutely no interest in you or in whatever you're typing here. Get over yourself.

    If you, however, persist in the same vein, I'll complain about you for harassment.

    cheers

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    Default Re: no stuff for the has-beens

    Let's stand down, folks. The conversation has moved from a language discussion to a personal one. Is there more commentary on the original topic? If not, I can close the thread.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: no stuff for the has-beens

    I will close the thread. Comments such as This lady doesnīt speak English, but volumes about her "native language"! are just out to start a fight. Please stop it.

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