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    big drops

    What does this "big drops" refer to ? candies?
    15)One day I traveled to Mr. Wigden's all alone. I looked around slowly among the sweets and chose some chocolate beans, big drops, and colorful jelly babies.

    I knew nothing of money at that time. ①[I would watch my mother hand something to people, who would then hand her a bag.] Slowly the idea of exchange entered my mind. Those days I collected cherry stones for a hobby and I thought I could pay for sweets with them.
    One day I went to Mr. Wigden's sweet shop alone. ②[I chose a lot of colorful sweets and proudly put half a dozen cherry stones into his open hand.]


    "What's that in your hand?" asked Mr. Smith.
    "Cherry stones. Today something interesting happened in my shop," said Mr. Wigden.
    "What happened?" asked his friend.
    "There was a little boy who often dropped by my shop with his mother. Today he came alone and chose a lot of sweets. I asked him if he had money. He said yes and gave me these cherry stones."
    "What did you do then?"
    "I didn't know what to do at first, but his eyes said he really believed they were money. So I gave him the sweets."
    "Why didn't you tell him they were not real money?"
    "I didn't want to disappoint him."
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    #2

    Re: big drops

    Probably. The sentence was clearly written by a non-native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: big drops

    Really? It's a lesson content of a middle school English textbook in Korea, and the protagonist in the pictures seems all native spekers. I added more context for you to judge more.

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    #4

    Re: big drops

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What does this "big drops" refer to ? candies?
    15)One day I traveled to Mr. Wigden's all alone. I looked around slowly among the sweets and chose some chocolate beans, big drops, and colorful jelly babies.

    I knew nothing of money at that time. ①[I would watch my mother hand something to people, who would then hand her a bag.] Slowly the idea of exchange entered my mind. Those days I collected cherry stones for a hobby and I thought I could pay for sweets with them.
    One day I went to Mr. Wigden's sweet shop alone. ②[I chose a lot of colorful sweets and proudly put half a dozen cherry stones into his open hand.]


    "What's that in your hand?" asked Mr. Smith.
    "Cherry stones. Today something interesting happened in my shop," said Mr. Wigden.
    "What happened?" asked his friend.
    "There was a little boy who often dropped by my shop with his mother. Today he came alone and chose a lot of sweets. I asked him if he had money. He said yes and gave me these cherry stones."
    "What did you do then?"
    "I didn't know what to do at first, but his eyes said he really believed they were money. So I gave him the sweets."
    "Why didn't you tell him they were not real money?"
    "I didn't want to disappoint him."
    In the US, "drops" are a form of hard candy. These are not so popular as they once were. Cough drops (a somewhat sweet drop with certain medicinal proprieties) are still sold here.

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    #5

    Re: big drops

    "Drops" are also sweets in the UK. They are mostly hard boiled sugar sweets with various flavours [pear drops, pan drops, lemon drops etc], but may also be soft: as in chocolate drops.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    #6

    Re: big drops

    I can't detect the note of non-nativeness in the passage, only the type of bad writing the South Korean government seems to be so very enamoured of.

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    #7

    Re: big drops

    What do you mean by this? You'd better explain what it means.
    only the type of bad writing the South Korean government seems to be so very enamoured of.

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    Re: big drops

    probus was pointing out that a lot of your questions are related to texts sanctioned by your authorities which we first have to correct.

    Be careful how you use 'You'd better explain what it means'. There's an implied threat in that construction which I'm sure you didn't intend.

    Rover

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    #9

    Re: big drops

    What kind of "bad writing" is in there? I can't understand what it is. Does he mean the bad writing is a fault of the Korean government's Education Department like poor selecting ability? When I saw the expression, I felt it to be a kind of sarcasm, which I hope is not true. If he points out what kind of bad writing it is, I will be able to understand. Before, he mentioned similar opinions in other threads.

    Did he mean that most texts were written by native speakers, but some of them could be bad writing and they were adopted by the Korean government? So it's the Korean government's falut? I also partially agree with his opinion, but if he had ascribed the bad writing to both the original writer and the Korean government, there would have been less misunderstanding between us.
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    Re: big drops

    I would say that the suggestion is that the Korean government does not seem to have very high standards when it comes to choosing texts in English. It is possible that the people who choose the texts are unable to differentiate between high-quality and low-quality writing. If the people who are choosing the texts are not native speakers, then that is perfectly understandable.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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