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    #1

    Wink which one's better for academic contexts?

    Are younger learners more successful than older learners at acquiring a second language?

    Are younger learners more successful at acquiring a second language than older learners?

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    Re: which one's better for academic contexts?

    The first.

    Although no one could possibly mistake the meaning in real life, you COULD parse the second to mean "Are younger learners more successful at acquiring a second language than [younger learner are successful at acquiring] older learners."
    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: which one's better for academic contexts?

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    Are younger learners more successful than older learners at acquiring a second language?

    Are younger learners more successful at acquiring a second language than older learners?
    What is your definition of "academic context"?

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    Re: which one's better for academic contexts?

    Oh, simply academic writing. thanks

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    Re: which one's better for academic contexts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Oh, simply academic writing. thanks
    To me there's not much difference, though I prefer the same one as Barb.

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