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    Default British National Corpus and American Corpus

    Might I ask to what degree British National Corpus and American Corpus can be treated as a reliable source? Do all sentences in them are good English?
    Could I ask native English teachers to answer these questions?

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: British National Corpus and American Corpus

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Might I ask to what degree British National Corpus and American Corpus can be treated as a reliable source? Are all sentences in them good English?
    Could I ask native English teachers to answer these questions?

    Thank you very much.
    Pretty reliable indication that a word or group of words is/are used within the language, and quite helpful in indicating what the possible meaning is.

    Whether the source is well-written or not is a different matter.

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    Default Re: British National Corpus and American Corpus

    There will be many mistakes in the language used because that reflects the nature of any language. However, they are both large enough to give an interesting and relevant picture of usage. I use these sites all the time to access them:
    [Davies/BYU] Corpus of American English
    [Davies/BYU] BYU-BNC: British National Corpus

    The BNC, if anything, has a bias towards conventional forms, especially formal writing. The ANC has a lot more spoken language in it.

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