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    Default 'My English is really quite good. I need little help'.



    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'My English is really quite good. I need little help'.
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...r-1-thing.html - post # 5
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    1. Are these sentences punctuated correctly?

    My English is really quite good, and I need little help.
    My English is really quite good; I need little help.

    2. I think that the conjunction "But" doesnít work here since "Little" is used negatively. So, the conjunction "And" has been used correctly, hasnít it?

    My English is really quite good and I need little help.

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    Default Re: 'My English is really quite good. I need little help'.

    I would use "but." Or I would state it as two sentences. I would not attempt to splice it together with a semicolon.

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    Default Re: 'My English is really quite good. I need little help'.

    I agree with Odessa Dawn that "but" would not be appropriate. The writer is not saying "I need a little help"; he is saying that he doesn't really need much help at all. Either "and" or "so" , preceded by a comma, could be used.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: 'My English is really quite good. I need little help'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    I agree with Odessa Dawn that "but" would not be appropriate. The writer is not saying "I need a little help"; he is saying that he doesn't really need much help at all. Either "and" or "so" , preceded by a comma, could be used.
    You are correct, I read that with an "a" in there.

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    Default Re: 'My English is really quite good. I need little help'.

    'But' is adversative, so this would work:

    My English is quite good, but I need a little help. (The stress is on the quite, so that it implies 'quite...but not good enough'.)

    Also this:

    My English is quite good, and I need little help. (The stress is on the good.)

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    Default Re: 'My English is really quite good. I need little help'.

    And the semicolon version works too.

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