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    Re: correct word

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    I wish to share a delicious event that has just occurred.

    While reading online the world-famous Times Literary Supplement, I came across a

    letter from a gentleman who once taught English in Argentina. He writes:

    [I] always recommended that [his students] should read works by Somerset Maugham ... because there they would find the ... COMMONPLACE language that they needed to learn."
    First, I must comment on "a delicious event" but I have nothing.

    It seems a perfectly normal sentence to me. He means that Maugham writes in everyday language, not in literary language; that is, he writes the way people speak. Maybe many people wouldn't use "commonplace" this way, but you'll definitely run into such use in the academe.

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    Re: correct word

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    First, I must comment on "a delicious event" but I have nothing.

    It seems a perfectly normal sentence to me. He means that Maugham writes in everyday language, not in literary language; that is, he writes the way people speak. Maybe many people wouldn't use "commonplace" this way, but you'll definitely run into such use in the academe.
    That is the reason why I wanted to share the quotation with everyone.

    Have a nice day.

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