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    Smile grammar&usage

    here is some sentence,I have no idea if these are right.

    Da Shan’s Chinese speaking always makes me who come from south of China feel slightly embarrassed. Since I also have been lived in Beijing for years, but his Mandarin speaking is much better than mine.

    Thanks a lot!

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    #2

    Re: grammar&usage

    Quote Originally Posted by hwdzyyy View Post
    ​Here is are some sentences but I have no idea if these they are right.

    Da Shan’s Chinese speaking always makes me who come (from the south of China) feel slightly embarrassed. Since I also have been lived living in Beijing for years (no comma here) but his Mandarin speaking is much better than mine.

    Thanks a lot!
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: grammar&usage

    Dear Emsr:

    "I have been living in Beijing for years but his Mandarin is much better than mine."

    You wrote "no comma" after the word "years."

    If I put a comma after "years," would I be marked down on a test?


    Thank you

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    #4

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    I think it's better with the comma.

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    #5

    Re: grammar&usage

    The comma before "but" is required since it precedes an independent clause( "his Mandarin is much better than mine").

    http://www.grammarly.com/handbook/pu...ma-before-but/
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: grammar&usage

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ... his Mandarin is much better than mine.
    I think it is also correct to say 'he speaks Mandarin much better than I', but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    The comma before "but" is required since it precedes an independent clause( "his Mandarin is much better than mine").
    I always put a comma before 'but I am not a teacher', an independent clause.

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    #7

    Re: grammar&usage

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Da Shan’s Chinese speaking always makes me who come (from the south of China) feel slightly embarrassed.
    I would add 'spoken' before 'Chinese' because the OP refers to 'speaking', but I am not a teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    If I put a comma after "years," would I be marked down on a test?
    Not by me. The sentence is clear enough without it.

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    #9

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    Rover, your answer is confusing. The question was "if I put a comma"; your answer seems to respond to "if I didn't put a comma".

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    #10

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    You're right. I misread it.

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