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    Default Is 'the' necessary before the word 'informants' in this context?

    I think it's not necessary.


    In spite of the important role of education in making distinctions in the speech of
    the informants, it has not given a cause to a decrease in the use of some no-standard forms.



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    Default Re: Is 'the' necessary before the word 'informants' in this context?

    If the writer is writing of a particular group of informants, 'the' is necessary.

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    Default Re: Is 'the' necessary before the word 'informants' in this context?

    Quote Originally Posted by skystar30097 View Post
    ... it has not given a cause to a decrease in the use of some no-standard forms.


    Am I the only person wondering what on earth the second half of the sentence is supposed to mean?
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Is 'the' necessary before the word 'informants' in this context?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Am I the only person wondering what on earth the second half of the sentence is supposed to mean?
    You are not the only person.

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    Default Re: Is 'the' necessary before the word 'informants' in this context?

    I myself wonder.... :)

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    Default Re: Is 'the' necessary before the word 'informants' in this context?

    Shouldn't it be non-standard?

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    Default Re: Is 'the' necessary before the word 'informants' in this context?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Shouldn't it be non-standard?
    It should, but that's the least of its problems!
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    Default Re: Is 'the' necessary before the word 'informants' in this context?

    Would you check it please?
    I think the problem is with 'no-standard' and ' hasn't given a cause to a decrease'

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    Default Re: Is 'the' necessary before the word 'informants' in this context?

    .., education has not resulted in/brought about a decrease in the use of some non-standard forms.

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