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    [Grammar] not really or really not?

    I'd say "when they're really not" or "when they really aren't". Here "really" modifies 'not'. They're definitely not. You could say "when they are not really." Here, "really" could modify "innocent, kind, etc." They are not particularly/ especially kind, etc.
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    [Grammar] Come and Go

    I don't want to start up this argument again, but I'm finding that threads are closed when I'm away and there are points that are important that haven't been made. (So, I hope the moderators will indulge me). I'm speaking in favour of 'come', but I'm not dealing with 'go' - which may or may not...
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    there are few but will be of the opinion

    Hi All, This is a piece of 17th century writing by David Hume. The context is complicated. What I'd like are opinions on whether the line in bold means "I believe there are only a few who would not be of the opinion that he can." (Only a few would think he can't). “Now I ask, whether 'tis...
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    [Grammar] Joining sentences with commas

    Hi fellow teachers and other who know English well, I like to get an idea about how many of you would accept the following as correctly-formed English sentences: 1. Hello, my name's Mario, I'm 17. 2. You may speak now, I'm listening. Thanks.
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    I note that Barb D has been deleting posts which are unattributed copies and pastes from other sites. I agree with this. Plagiarism is not a common concept in some countries, so some members might not have heard of it. The idea is that you do not write or post something that is not your work...
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    Hi people. I pronounce this word /kilometer/. /Kilometer/ is one of my pet hates. Can anyone who uses the latter pronunciation give a good reason for it? It seems to be the only distance words in the metric system that places the emphasis there. "nanometer, micrometer, millimeter...
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    Hi, It seems to be common in Algerian English to call strangers "Dear". I've noticed it also from Libyans and Egyptians. I'd be interested in knowing what people think of this, and how they react to it. My guess is that most native English speakers would find it annoying in writing, and...
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    Punctuation in Arabic speakers?

    Hello Arabic speakers. This is a question I've been wondering about for a while. Do English teachers in the Arab world teach English punctuation? Do they know it themselves? Are students expected to put the correct spacing around punctuation when they write an essay, or is it generally...
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    Regarding the thread "blasphemous place": BobK said, before closing down a perfectly legitimate question: Your information is right. Shaw's understanding of Christian teachings was limited. The reasons for his use of the word were nothing to do with language. He was being intentionally...
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    Rolling Eyes

    Hi all, I wonder what people think the rolling eyes smiley means. It has a negative effect on me. Rolling your eyes at someone is rude. I hope this icon does not give anyone the impression that you're meant to roll your eyes when you ask a question in English society. Here are some more...
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    To Jaskin

    I agree with you Jaskin. I'm would like it to stop too. I have suggested to David that he stick to his threads, and I will stick to mine. There would be no conflict. If he would agree to this, rather than stalking and harassing me, the conflict could be over tomorrow. I have suggested this to...
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    Types of mistakes by L1 (first language)

    Hello other teachers and students, Perhaps some of you might be able to help me with a linguistics issue that I've been thinking about for a long time. It concerns the type of mistakes in English that beginners from various countries or first languages typically make in written English. Has...