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    #1

    Sing (in) English

    Can you sing/write (in) English?

    Do we need in here?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Sing (in) English

    I am not a teacher

    Well, this would normally mean, "in the English language" and as such I think it is required with "sing" and optional with "write", (although I would use it with both).

    If it's just the word "English" you don't need the "in".

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    Re: Sing (in) English

    Yes, in my example it's just the word English, not the English language, so we don't need the preposition, right?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Sing (in) English

    I am not a teacher.

    This is still a bit too ambiguous for my liking.

    If "English" is the title of a song then you can ask, "Can you sing English?"

    If what you really want to know is whether the person can sing in English (as opposed to in French or in Italian), then you must use the prepostion.

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