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    reading drama improve practical usage

    Is it true that reading drama's help improve practical usage of English more than a novel?
    What would be some good playwrights to read in that respect, where there will be a lot of everyday conversations?

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    Re: reading drama improve practical usage

    Quote Originally Posted by justdoit1 View Post
    Is it true that reading drama's help improve practical usage of English more than a novel?
    What would be some good playwrights to read in that respect, where there will be a lot of everyday conversations?
    I'd say it's not true. Where did you find that opinion?
    If dramas contained "a lot of everyday conversations", no one would bother going to see them. (Technically, dramas are meant to be acted and watched, not read.)

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    Re: reading drama improve practical usage

    The following has been written by a person who is neither an English teacher nor a native English speaker.

    Quote Originally Posted by justdoit1 View Post
    Is it true that reading dramas helps improve practical usage of English more than a novel?
    What would be some good playwrights to read in that respect, where there will be a lot of everyday conversations?
    "some good playwrights to read" looks grammatically incorrect to me.
    A playwright is a person and one cannot read a person. (some people claim they can, but that has yet to be proven scientifically)
    One can read the works of a playwright.
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    "some good playwrights to read" looks grammatically incorrect to me.
    A playwright is a person and one cannot read a person. (some people claim they can, but that has yet to be proven scientifically)
    One can read the works of a playwright.
    Strictly that's true, but it's colloquial to say that you read an author. A: "Have you read Dickens?" B: "Yes, about three of his novels."
    Similarly acceptable are, "Can you play Chopin?" "Did you manage to view the Dutch masters when you were in Amsterdam?"

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    Re: reading drama improve practical usage

    I have to agree with you on this.
    Maybe I have reacted too quickly and did not think it through.
    But still -as far as grammar is concerned- it's not quite right, right?
    Last edited by PeterValk; 19-Dec-2013 at 17:54. Reason: noticed stupid mistake
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterValk View Post
    I have to agree with you on this.
    Maybe I have reacted to quickly and did not think it through.
    But still -as far as grammar is concerned- it's not quite right, right?
    I think the grammar is fine. It's a semantic question of whether you accept a person's name as an indication of their works - which we do in English. That's not a grammatical issue.

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    I stand corrected and humbled.
    Another thing learned and another day not lived in vain.
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