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    word order

    1. Is there a difference in those two? Are they both correct? Google shows the second one is far more common.
    a) He pretended not to be interested.
    b) He pretended to not be interested.

    2.Is there a difference in those two? Are they both correct? Google shows the second one is far more common.
    a) He always has been annoying.
    b) He has always been annoying.

    3. Is there a difference in those two? Are they both correct? Google shows the second one is far more common.
    a) They are the ones who want changes.
    b) They are those who want changes.


    4. Do you know where I can get any practice in phonetics (websites or torrents), preferably for free. I'm thinking of subscribing to Speech in Action. I'm looking for some more andvanced materials concerning connected speech, melody, dialects etc.

    It's my first time on this forum, so I want to say hello to everyone here. I hope I posted this in good section.

    I am more than happy to have any of my mistakes and strange/uncommon phrases in what I write pointed out.

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    #2

    Re: word order

    1a is correct.
    2b seems correct (but I'm not 100% sure).

    Cheers!

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    #3

    Re: word order

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiktor View Post
    1. Is there a difference in those two? Are they both correct? Google shows the second one is far more common.
    For me, Google shows the first to be far more common by a factor of about 50,000: that is a search on the whole sentence.

    a) He pretended not to be interested. 145,000
    b) He pretended to not be interested. 3
    c) He pretended to be not interested. 5

    a) is, in fact, far more common. In a different sentence "to not be" might be more common.

    They all mean roughly the same thing.

    2.Is there a difference in those two? Are they both correct? Google shows the second one is far more common.

    a) He always has been annoying. 2
    b) He has always been annoying. 520,000

    You won't hear 2a) from a native speaker.

    3. Is there a difference in those two? Are they both correct? Google shows the second one is far more common.

    a) They are the ones who want changes. 2 (including this one)
    b) They are those who want changes. 1 (including this one)

    You won't hear 3b) from a native speaker.


    4. Do you know where I can get any practice in phonetics (websites or torrents), preferably for free. I'm thinking of subscribing to Speech in Action. I'm looking for some more andvanced materials concerning connected speech, melody, dialects etc.

    It's my first time on this forum, so I want to say hello to everyone here. I hope I posted this in good section.

    Hello, Welcome. Yes you did

    I am more than happy to have any of my mistakes and strange/uncommon phrases in what I write pointed out.
    It seems you haven't submitted the whole sentence to Google, or you would have got different results. Remember that Google searches for incorrect phrases as well as correct phrases. For example, your above incorrect sentences already show up.

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