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    inheritage

    Dear teachers,

    The prince was the youngest son of a youngest son and so had no gold or jewel or property to speak of.

    I don't know the law of succession in England. Do it mean the youngest son of a King do not herit anything from the King?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: inheritage

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Does it mean the youngest son of a King does not inherit anything from the King?
    In the British aristocracy it was customary for the eldest son to inherit most, or even all, of his father's wealth.

    Note that the verb is inherit, the noun inheritance.

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    Re: inheritage

    Hi 5jj,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand it.
    And thank you for pointing out the mistakes I made.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    And thank you for pointing out the mistakes I made.
    Don't feel embarrassed about making mistakes. I rarely met anyone, even a proficient native speaker, who doesn't make a mistake at some time. (Except I, of crouse.)

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    Re: inheritage

    Hi 5jj,

    Thank you so much for comforting me.
    Is it correct to say "Except I"? I think "except" here should be a preposition. But I am sure you are correct. My question is: Is it correct to say "Except me"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    #6

    Re: inheritage

    5jj was making a joke, including intentionally misspelling "of course." He and I have an informal competition to see who makes the most (accidental) typos, so he cheated by creating one on purpose!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: inheritage

    Sorry. I should have added a to show that it was intended to be humorous. 'Except I' is indeed wrong.

    Incidentally, I have just noticed that I wrote, "I rarely met anyone, even a proficient native speaker, who doesn't make a mistake at some time." That was a genuinely unintentional slip. I should have written

    either: I have rarely met anyone, even a proficient native speaker, who doesn't make/hasn't made a mistake at some time.
    or, less likely: I rarely met anyone, even a proficient native speaker, who didn't make a mistake at some time
    Last edited by 5jj; 03-Nov-2011 at 13:36. Reason: addition

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    #8

    Re: inheritage

    Hi Barb_D,

    I didn't identify the misspelling of "course".

    Jiang

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    #9

    Re: inheritage

    That's why it SO easy to make those kinds of mistakes!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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