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    #1

    to make bad mistakes in grammar/spelling

    Is the expression "to make bad mistakes in grammar/spelling" natural? Can "bad mistake" be associated with studies?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: to make bad mistakes in grammar/spelling

    If you use "bad mistake", what's a "good mistake"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: to make bad mistakes in grammar/spelling

    I don't know. I also thought about it when I saw in a textbook (not made by native speakers) the following: He speaks Spanish badly. He makes bad mistakes. If it's wrong, what is the best adjective to describe very"rude"grammar mistakes? His grammar is poor. He makes ..... rude? mistakes.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 25-Aug-2014 at 19:21.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: to make bad mistakes in grammar/spelling

    If someone could make a slight mistake or a terrible mistake, I guess he or she could equally well make a bad mistake.
    Of course there is no good mistake.

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    Re: to make bad mistakes in grammar/spelling

    Logically, yes, but we need native speakers to confirm or deny it.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #6

    Re: to make bad mistakes in grammar/spelling

    I confirm it.

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    Re: to make bad mistakes in grammar/spelling

    I am not a teacher.

    Of course it's OK. Bad isn't always to be contrasted with good.

    What about 'a bad accident' or 'a bad headache'? It's just a degree of severity, as it is in a bad mistake.

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    Re: to make bad mistakes in grammar/spelling

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    what is the best adjective to describe very"rude"grammar mistakes?
    Can 'glaring' be used?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: to make bad mistakes in grammar/spelling

    We tend to use "glaring errors" rather than "glaring mistakes". I would use "serious mistake" rather than "big mistake" though. However, I take the point that "bad" does not always have to be contrasted with "good". I was being a little facetious.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: to make bad mistakes in grammar/spelling

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I take the point that "bad" does not always have to be contrasted with "good". I was being a little facetious.
    I am not a teacher.

    Of course you were.

    When I do that there's always someone to tell me that my remark is inappropriate or misleading for learners.
    I ought to use more emoticons.

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