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    plz plzzzzzzz plz help me !! some qustions about grammar

    I'm really confused :/ plz help me this an assigment for tomorrow

    The first question is,

    Discuss the questions whether the following sentences are ill-formed and if so, what the nature of the ill formedness ( pragmatic - syntactic - semantic...etc)

    1- John's a living dead man
    2- This oats is of rather poor quality
    3- I order you to know the answer
    4- I eat much cereal for breakfast

    ....


    The second question is,

    discuss why the sentences below would be stigmatised by ( prescriptive grammarians) as involving 'bad grammar' and say how they would be corrected


    1- Answer either question 1 , or question 2, or question 3
    2- hopefully, the weather will clear up by tomorrow
    3- We had to come home early, due to bad weather
    4- I ought to go there didn't I/ sholdn't I ?
    5- If I was you. I'd resign
    6- Between you and I, him and her are quite good friends


    ..


    & thats it

    thank you & I'm waiting for your reply


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    Re: plz plzzzzzzz plz help me !! some qustions about grammar

    (Not a teacher)

    Take note of the 'Notice' at the top:

    Please don't ask us to do or correct your homework; this is a place to discuss language.
    No one is going to answer these questions for you - that is the task that has been set for you. What we will do is help you with your answers - correct them if they are incorrect, or give you confidence that they are correct.

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    #3

    Re: plz plzzzzzzz plz help me !! some qustions about grammar

    What is your opinion of the sentence "John's a living dead man"?




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    Re: plz plzzzzzzz plz help me !! some qustions about grammar


    ok i'll try


    Discuss the questions whether the following sentences are ill-formed and if so, what the nature of the ill formedness ( pragmatic - syntactic - semantic...etc)

    1- John's a living dead man (semantically ill-formed) cuz of the two negative ideas ( life&death)
    2- This oats is of rather poor quality ?
    3- I order you to know the answer ?
    4- I eat much cereal for breakfast ?

    just one :/

    ....


    The second question is,

    discuss why the sentences below would be stigmatised by ( prescriptive grammarians) as involving 'bad grammar' and say how they would be corrected


    1- Answer either question 1 , or question 2, or question 3
    Answer either question 1 , or question 2

    2- hopefully, the weather will clear up by tomorrow
    the weather will hopefully clear up by tomorrow
    3- We had to come home early, due to bad weather
    4- I ought to go there didn't I/ sholdn't I ?
    don't I?
    5- If I was you. I'd resign
    If I were you
    6- Between you and I, him and her are quite good friends
    he and she are quite good friends



    ..

    what do you think?


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    Re: plz plzzzzzzz plz help me !! some qustions about grammar

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    Re: plz plzzzzzzz plz help me !! some qustions about grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by soso2010 View Post

    ok i'll try


    Discuss the questions whether the following sentences are ill-formed and if so, what the nature of the ill formedness ( pragmatic - syntactic - semantic...etc)

    1- John's a living dead man (semantically ill-formed) cuz of the two negative ideas ( life&death)
    2- This oats is of rather poor quality ? What are the grammatical numbers of 'this', 'oats', 'is'? What should they be?
    3- I order you to know the answer ? Can you order somebody to get to know the answer right on the spot?
    4- I eat much cereal for breakfast ?

    just one :/

    ....


    The second question is,

    discuss why the sentences below would be stigmatised by ( prescriptive grammarians) as involving 'bad grammar' and say how they would be corrected


    1- Answer either question 1 , or question 2, or question 3
    Answer either question 1 , or question 2 You've changed too much. Now, the sentence is correct, but means something else.

    2- hopefully, the weather will clear up by tomorrow
    the weather will hopefully clear up by tomorrow I don't see why it should be wrong as it was. Save that 'hopefully' should be capitalized.
    3- We had to come home early, due to bad weather
    4- I ought to go there didn't I/ sholdn't I ?
    don't I? What is the auxiliary verb here?
    5- If I was you. I'd resign
    If I were you How about the period?
    6- Between you and I, him and her are quite good friends
    he and she are quite good friends How about 'I'?



    ..

    what do you think?
    I am not a teacher. Please think of what I said, but note that I can be wrong.

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    Re: plz plzzzzzzz plz help me !! some qustions about grammar

    2- hopefully, the weather will clear up by tomorrow

    A prescriptive grammarian would claim that this is wrong because weather cannot be hopeful.
    That's a very old attitude, but I think it's the correct answer in this case.

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    Re: plz plzzzzzzz plz help me !! some qustions about grammar

    Pedants like me would also object to 'coming home early due to...' 'Due' is an adjective and therefore qualifies a noun. Here you need the adverb 'owing'. We came home early owing to .....(came...owing) or Our early return home was due to..(return...due).. However, these distinctions are not paid any attention by native speakers, and let's face it, most "English teachers" are not even aware of them.

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