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    #1

    I just realized how bad my English still is.

    Hello, everyone.
    What's your opinion about my title sentence? I mean the structure, grammar, word choices, etc. of the sentence, not its literal meaning. Does it sound good? What can I do to make that sentence sound better?
    Thanks a lot.
    Last edited by khanhhung2512; 07-Sep-2014 at 14:20. Reason: Change the title to be grammatical after receiving valuable advice
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    #2

    Re: I just realized how bad my English is still.

    Most BrE speakers will say "I have just realised how bad my English still is".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I just realized how bad my English is still.

    I'm also inclined to 'still is' in this case, but Longman says "still comes after the verb be unless be is used in negative" http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/still_1
    Thus I wrote it as "is still"
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: I just realized how bad my English is still.

    Longman is right grammatically. However, very few BrE speakers speak perfect grammatical English. You will hear "... my English still is" more often than you will hear "... my English is still". It's partly the word order to blame. Most of us would say "My English is still bad", not "My English is bad still" but the construction you used will lead frequently to ... how bad my English still is".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I just realized how bad my English is still.

    Hey guys!
    You opened too many posts here. You have got too many question and want to request the answer.
    I give you advice.Try to in sum of the question in a post that you want to know the answer.
    For example, like this post.

    Many thanks!

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    I'm a beginner in English. I'm poor at English.

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    Re: I just realized how bad my English is still.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Hey guys!
    You opened too many posts here. You have got too many question and want to request the answer.
    I give you advice.Try to in sum of the question in a post that you want to know the answer.
    For example, like this post.
    Many thanks!
    I can do that, but it's not advisable in this forum.
    Imagine each question might require at least 2 to 3, sometimes even more than 10, comments. Summing up the questions only makes the topic become a mess.
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: I just realized how bad my English is still.

    In this case, as in many recently, Longman's is only partly right. It gives rules that work most of the time. I don't know what it is about Longman's - perhaps they try too hard to make rules, but don't think of the exceptions. One exception appears to be when 'to be' is the last word of the sentence. Another is when 'to be' is stressed:
    Person A: "He used to be the smartest person in the class."
    Person B: "He still is the smartest person in the class."
    At least this is standard in AusE.
    Last edited by Raymott; 06-Sep-2014 at 14:56.

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    Re: I just realized how bad my English is still.

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Hey guys!
    You opened too many posts here. You have got too many question and want to request the answer.
    I give you advice.Try to in sum of the question in a post that you want to know the answer.
    For example, like this post.

    Many thanks!

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    I'm a beginner in English. I'm poor at English.
    If you are trying to encourage the OP to put several questions in one post, please don't do that. We make it very clear that users should post one question per post. Having said that, we also encourage people not to post question after question after question. If the questions of one OP fill up the entire first page of the "Ask A Teacher" forum, that's too many posts.

    I have realised that your signature line is not a proper signature line. You have simply added a line manually and typed some words underneath it. As I said before, please go to "Edit Profile" and then create a signature. If you can't do that, then please just stop typing the line about being a beginner.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I just realized how bad my English is still.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you are trying to encourage the OP to put several questions in one post, please don't do that. We make it very clear that users should post one question per post. Having said that, we also encourage people not to post question after question after question. If the questions of one OP fill up the entire first page of the "Ask A Teacher" forum, that's too many posts.

    I have realised that your signature line is not a proper signature line. You have simply added a line manually and typed some words underneath it. As I said before, please go to "Edit Profile" and then create a signature. If you can't do that, then please just stop typing the line about being a beginner.
    OK!
    I don't use it.

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    #10

    Re: I just realized how bad my English is still.

    Can 'is still' be replaced with 'remains' in this context?

    Not a teacher.

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