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    Question question on the varied usage of 'matter' (my first ever post)

    Hello all, this is my first post. I usually search for answers online (mostly using Google) regarding questions about grammar and sentence use. But, I recently discover about this wonderful forum where questions are quickly replied by experts (or anyone) :). So, that's why I'm posting this. That's being said, let me keep this brief & get on with my question:
    Could you please suggest which of these 3 sentences is the best at using the word 'matter' or suggest a better one?

    1. Her small mistake isn't that much to matter.
    2. Her small mistake is hardly a matter.
    3. Her small mistake shouldn't be much to matter.

    I want to tell this to a friend. but, I am unsure which to pick as the best sentence using the word matter (as in: it doesn't matter). Thank you for your time and help! and excuse me for any possible grammar error. I'm happy to be corrected.
    Last edited by gr3tdicipl3; 22-Nov-2012 at 06:47. Reason: grammar errors again!

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    Re: question on the varied usage of 'matter' (my first ever post)

    Welcome to the forum, gr3tdicipl3.

    I am surprised that a native speaker should ask this question. none of these three is natural. We can say:

    Her small mistake doesn't matter.
    Her small mistake is hardly a matter of concern.
    Her small mistake isn't anything to worry about.
    Last edited by 5jj; 22-Nov-2012 at 19:18.

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    Re: question on the varied usage of 'matter' (my first ever post)

    Thanks for the quick reply.
    Just to be sure, when you said none of these sentences are natural, did you meant as none of them are correct?

    And for sentence # 2, was it wrong because it was missing "of concern"? I thought it was okay just saying "Her small mistake is hardly a matter."

    Also, just to be clear: I'm may be a native speaker (born speaking english). But, I got caught up with so much english slang street talk with most of my friends (I'm trying not to adapt to them anymore). Also, I have Spanish speaking parents which made me focus on Spanish more than english. It may not be much of an exuse, but it made me lose track of speaking proper English. Hence, that's why I'm asking those questions and sometimes I have trouble expressing my thoughts.

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    Re: question on the varied usage of 'matter' (my first ever post)

    You were born speaking English? That's amazing.

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    Re: question on the varied usage of 'matter' (my first ever post)

    yeah thx. It's such a benefit and a thing I take for granted; I almost wasted that skill. Like my above explanation, I loss track of speaking English well ahaha. I have been getting back on track especially since I'm going to college.

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    Re: question on the varied usage of 'matter' (my first ever post)

    I would have thought that if you were born speaking English, your story would have appeared in the worldwide press and in many medical journals. Your parents must have been absolutely amazed when you popped out spouting any language at all!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: question on the varied usage of 'matter' (my first ever post)

    After you said that joke, I just notice my silly misunderstood mistake (born speaking English) haha. But, I'll take that as a compliment especially from a language expert. If assuming you said that in a literal sense, then yes, I would have been amazing and I would guess that I wouldn't have asked for English help right here. But, then again nobody speaks perfectly!

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