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    #1

    Learners errors in some specific sentences

    Hi all,

    I would like to ask some teachers with experience which are some common errors or difficulties that foreigners have when facing the following sentences:

    1. I'm playing tennis with my brother on Saturday
    2. On Sundays I usually do housework
    3. Her coat's not there - she must have gone home
    4. Would you mind opening the window?
    5. When we got to the cinema, the film had started.
    6. They're probably going to fire him


    I underlined the parts of the sentences I am more interested with. I speak Spanish, French and Italian, therefore I can imagine the common errors in these languages. I would like to know if someone is teaching to Arabs, Japanese or Russian: what could be the challenge for them?

    Thanks in advance to whoever will take the time to answer and help me with this task.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Oct-2015 at 22:36. Reason: Fixed formatting of line 6

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    #2

    Re: Learners errors in some specific sentences

    A couple of comments:

    1 A language that does not distinguish between singular and plural night lead to a misunderstanding about why 1 is correct, but wrong if you say Saturdays (without further context).
    2 Languages without articles can have problems with nouns like this.
    3 Come and go don't work in exactly the same way in Japanese as they do in English, so can cause trouble, especially when compounded with been/gone to add to the verb form.

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    #3

    Re: Learners errors in some specific sentences

    Hi,

    thanks a lot for the time you spared to answer me. I will look more into the Japanese tip you gave me. Very interesting point

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    #4

    Re: Learners errors in some specific sentences

    It also applies to the first two.

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