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    Default Re: Native speakers like to use adjectives instead of adverbs??

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    Very true but it's very hard for us to tell. Most people follow whatever native speakers said.

    I've heard Americans say: "I done inviting him" or "I done doing something" for more than once. (btw, "for more than once" or "more than once"? "for" or not?)

    Plus, speaking of sub-standard or incorrect English, I've noticed there're still unwritten rules governing what native speakers say. They might do it subconsciously, but however incorrect they might be, there're rules. I can feel it. Non-native speakers don't follow any rules. There's a difference.

    Same thing applies to Chinese language.
    I find "I done inviting him" very odd. I think it's possible that they said "I'm done inviting him" or "I'm done cleaning up after him". Here, "I'm done ..." means "I have finished ..." or "I have had enough and I'm not going to do it any more ..."

    As far as Harry Redknapp is concerned, I don't think his being a multi-millionaire has any bearing on anything. He comes from an area of London where a lot of people speak non-standard English - they "talk common". Having said that, the use of "He done ..." is very common in soccer parlance. "The boy done well" is a rather odd phrase which was, no doubt, said once during a post-match speech and has ended up entering the language as a phrase which is now used for all kinds of situations. It meant originally "The player in question played well in that match".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Native speakers like to use adjectives instead of adverbs??

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post
    I've noticed there're still unwritten rules governing what native speakers say. They might do it subconsciously, but however incorrect they might be, there're rules.
    Do remember that the 'rules' that people subconsciously follow are not laws written out by some government dictator. They are generally usages acquired from birth onwards.

    'I done it' shows a fairly sophisticated understanding of English in that the speaker 'knows' (subconsciously) that we generally use a past tense form if we wish to talk about an event in past time; The speaker also knows, though not formally perhaps, that the second (past-tense) form and the third (past participle) form are identical for over 98% of verbs in English.

    It just happens that, for the majority of speakers of English today, the second and third forms of DO are different. This difference, and the use of the two forms 'did' and 'have done', are now accepted as standard English, and 'I done' is generally considered sub-standard.

    There are still quite a few people who regularly use 'I done'. This may be for one of a number of reasons, including the acceptability of 'I done' in the speaker's own dialect or the deliberate rejection of what may be seen as authority or outdated middle-class standards.

    We might say, perhaps, that 'I done' is not socio-culturally considered to be correct, but it is in some ways natural. However, while a minority of people might use 'I done' to talk about a past event, virtually everybody would reject 'I doing' for the same event. 'I doing' is not in any way natural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo_Lin View Post

    According to the grammar I learned, verbs should be modified by adverbs, right? But I've noticed native speakers prefer to use adjectives.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Mr. Lin:


    I think that this information may interest you.


    One day, someone asked Mr. Steve Jobs why he chose the slogan "Think Different" instead of "Think Differently."

    Mr. Jobs explained that he wanted "different" to be used as a noun, as in "Think victory" or "Think beauty."

    It also sounded like the popular "Think big." Mr. Jobs said, " 'Think differently' wouldn't hit the meaning for me."



    James


    * The source of this information was the August, 2012, issue of AARP Magazine (an American magazine for old people, such as I).

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    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Hugo:


    This morning I was reading my favorite part of the newspaper (the comic strips, of course) and saw something that

    immediately reminded me of your thread.

    In a comic strip entitled "Tundra" by Chad Carpenter, two men are discussing a lazy dog that does not like to chase

    automobiles. One man says to the other: "He's just not real motivated to chase cars."

    I imagine that a teacher would say, "Change the adjective 'real' to the adverb 'really.' " And maybe a super strict

    teacher might say, "Change the sentence to 'He's just not very much motivated to chase cars.' "

    *****

    Some outstanding ESL teachers in the United States suggest that you read some American comic strips every day.

    You can find them on the Web. What are the benefits?

    1. You will see how ordinary people speak.

    2. You will learn lots of idioms. (You will need to check the Web or post a thread here when you read an idiom that you do not understand.)

    3. You will learn a lot about American culture. For example, many of the comic strips today discuss a big American

    holiday this Thursday. It is called Thanksgiving. Some people humorously call it "Turkey Day."

    4. If I remember correctly, some teachers here have warned against reading comics because those strips may not

    always contain standard English. From my experience, they usually do contain standard English.

    5. If you read American comic strips every day and ask questions about anything that you do not understand,

    you will see great improvement in your English. And they will give you an idea of how Americans speak.

    6. Some American ESL teachers consider comic strips the "secret" to improving your English. Why not try it? You

    have nothing to lose.


    James

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    Default Re: Native speakers like to use adjectives instead of adverbs??

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    And maybe a super strict teacher might say, "Change the sentence to 'He's just not very much motivated to chase cars.'
    I don't see why s/he should.
    If I remember correctly, some teachers here have warned against reading comics because those strips may not always contain standard English.
    I don't actually warn against reading comics, but I do suggest that people interested in passing recognised EFL examinations should not waste too much time worrying about the language they find in comic strips.

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    Default Re: Native speakers like to use adjectives instead of adverbs??

    Thank you, James.

    Very good advice. I have always wanted to read comic strips too. But never found one.

    You can find them on the Web.
    Where? I've searched, but there's few free comic strips.
    (Sorry, I don't have enough money to buy , especially from overseas)


    Allow me to stray away a bit from the main topic please. Speaking of comic strip, what I find most difficult is the words for describing sound and motion. When I first saw a comic strip, I did not even know what "bam" and "thud" mean. ....It's not that comic strips I'm interested in. Just that many people would use comic strip words like "bam" and "thud" when posting in forums. And I'd have difficult understanding.

    I would really love to read more comic strips. Can you recommend some internet resourses?

    I'm not studying for any examination. I just want to be able to communicate with native speakers. I still have great difficulty understanding soap operas.

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    There are some comic strips here.

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    Default Re: Native speakers like to use adjectives instead of adverbs??

    There are forms that are used in regional dialects that are not considered standard in the mainstream language. In London, you will hear many speakers say I done terrible, but I wouldn't do this in a test.

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    Default Re: Native speakers like to use adjectives instead of adverbs??

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I don't see why s/he should.
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    1. I assume that your comment is not rhetorical; so, I am delighted to answer.

    2. We students of English come to usingenglish.com in order to learn current English. You teachers do a fantastic job in teaching us day in and day out.

    3. I have been a member for almost 3 years. I know better than to gainsay a teacher. This post is not meant to contradict you. Since we non-teachers are currently allowed to state our views in the "Ask a Teacher" forum, I should, however, like to explain why some super strict teachers (if there are any left) might call for "very much."

    4. IF (repeat: IF) I understand the most esteemed Mr. Swan (not to mention the fantastic Professor Dr. Curme!!!), here is the reasoning:

    a. I think (repeat: think) that "motivated" is a verb form.
    b. Technically, "motivated" is not an adjective.
    c. Therefore, "very" cannot modify "motivated."
    d. If one wishes to use "very," one must follow it with either "much" or "greatly." In that case, "very" modifies "much."

    5. Thus, perhaps (perhaps!) we have these options:

    I am real motivated to learn grammar. = "bad" English.
    I am really motivated to learn grammar. = good, modern English. ("really" probably means "very" in that sentence, not "in reality.")
    I am very motivated to learn grammar. = good, modern English.
    I am very much motivated to learn grammar. = the kind of English that warms the cockles of the heart of the few people who still say "It is I" instead of the "awful" (only my opinion!) "It is me."


    6. The cockles of my heart were warmed (actually burned up) when I read this sentence in my local newspaper. It was written by a foreign diplomat, who I assume had learned "perfect" English:

    "I am very much confused by ...."

    7. Of course, we students should accept the answers of teachers -- not the "answers" of non-teachers such as I. (I do not
    agree that I need say "as I am.") Thank you for letting me respond.


    Respectfully yours,

    James

    Michael Swan, Practical English Usage (1995), entries 153.4 and 405.4. (It goes without saying that the master (aka George Oliver Curme) discusses this on page 150 in Volume II of his masterpiece.)
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