View Poll Results: Do you recognize that a text is written by a nonnative speaker?

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  1. #11
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: To cheat a native English speaker...

    I agree with you, ILKB.

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    Philly is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: To cheat a native English speaker...

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    I agree with tdol's first post. There are very few non-native speakers who I mistake for native speakers, but there have been a few.
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    I think it's important to mention, though, that I've been teaching English for almost 20 years, so it's much more likely that someone like me would recognize that someone isn't a native speaker. "Regular" native speakers don't notice all the things that I notice.
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    Default Re: To cheat a native English speaker...

    The only time i've ever NOT known was when I met a guy from
    Denmark. He could have told me he was from Minnesota
    and I would have believed him.

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    Default Re: To cheat a native English speaker...

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Do you, native speakers, always recognize that a text you're reading is written by a nonative speaker?
    In this case, Nyggus, the use of 'cheat' was a dead giveaway. ENLs would use 'deceive, fool, trick' or maybe some other word but not 'cheat'.

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