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    "This is my basketball shoes" really confused me

    Dear all,
    I know a 13-year boy who lived in England between age 6 and 12. He went to a local elementary school where he studied together with English kids, using only English.

    So, I was quite surprised to hear him say, "This is my basketball shoes" in his show and tell. I know his English is as good as, or even better than his Japanese.

    Do you think a native English speaking kid might make a mistake of saying "this is my shoes", when he's definitely supposed to say "these are..."?

    Thank you

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    Re: "This is my basketball shoes" really confused me

    If he were holding up a bag containing his shoes, this is my shoes might be fine.

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    Re: "This is my basketball shoes" really confused me

    *just an assitant ESL teacher

    I agree with fivejedjon.

    Since we can say, "this is a pair of basketball shoes" it is easy to say "this is my basketball shoes" since he isn't thinking about using perfect grammar.

    But yes, generally the accepted way to say it using correct grammar is, "these are my basketball shoes."

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    Re: "This is my basketball shoes" really confused me

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post

    Do you think a native English speaking kid might make a mistake of saying "this is my shoes", when he's definitely supposed to say "these are..."?

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    To answer your question: Yes, not only native English-speaking children but also adults and even their teachers make many basic mistakes with the language. It may be through ignorance or just a slip of the tongue/pen. This makes the learning of English much more difficult, but it's a fact of life.

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    #5

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    I'd accept this answer orally but not written

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    Re: "This is my basketball shoes" really confused me

    Hi fivejedjon, marmoset, The Dude

    Thanks for your replies. Honestly, your replies really surprised me. I thought this rule was strictly observed and something automatic to English native speakers.

    Can I ask another question related to the same issue?

    "I lost my glasses. Maybe I left it on the train."

    Do you think a native speaker might mistakenly use "it" to refer to "glasses", instead of using "them"?

    Thank you

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    Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 04-Mar-2011 at 23:15.

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    Re: "This is my basketball shoes" really confused me

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi fivejedjon, marmoset, The Dude

    Thanks for your replies. Honestly, your replies really surprised me. I thought this rule was strictly observes and something automatic to English native speakers.

    Can I ask another question related to the same issue?

    "I lost my glasses. Maybe I left it on the train."

    Do you think a native speaker might mistakenly use "it" to refer to "glasses", instead of using "them"?

    Thank you

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    I think that's unlikely.

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    Re: "This is my basketball shoes" really confused me

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Honestly, your replies really surprised me.
    We are not actually saying that 'this is my basketball shoes' is correct - at least, I'm not. It's just that you may hear it sometimes from native speakers.

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    Re: "This is my basketball shoes" really confused me

    I am not a teacher.

    Here's a data point for what it's worth. When I read the title of this thread, I saw nothing unusual in it. I had to look twice.

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