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    Grammatical mistake?

    I was supposed to write a summary about a text that we were given. My teacher skimmed through my text and frowned at one sentence, claiming it was 'bad' English.
    What I wrote was "English as a global lingua franca is feared to be at risk of being superseded by a different language.".To me, this sentence sounds perfectly OK. What's wrong with that sentence ?

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    Re: Grammatical mistake?

    I don't agree that it is "bad". One thing that is a little strange is the use of "superseded" with "a" global lingua franca. If English is only one lingua franca (not "the" lingua franca), how can it be superseded by another language?

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    Re: Grammatical mistake?

    Mike, I think it's just talking about the role English is playing in the conversation- English as a lingua franca, as opposed to English as a class subject, or English as a hobby, etc.

    English as an international language is (supposedly) in danger of being replaced, although English as a national language isn't.

    That being said - I don't see any problem with the sentence as originally written. I think it's probably just an issue of stylistic preference, rather than an actual grammatical problem. Maybe the teacher thinks it's too wordy, and wants shorter, more concise sentences?

    I suggest you ask your teacher what exactly it is about the sentence that he or she considers 'bad'.
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    Re: Grammatical mistake?

    "English is feared to be at risk ..."

    I believe this is the construction that your teacher doesn't like. I also recall that we discussed something similar recently, and some people didn't like it. It's grammatical, but I can see how a non-native speaker might frown at it. If you replace 'feared' with 'thought', it sounds more natural.

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    Re: Grammatical mistake?

    Isn't it better to omit "feared to be" altogether in that sentence?
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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    Re: Grammatical mistake?

    I can understand the class teacher not liking two passive verb phrases almost on top of each other. It's quite a complicated sentence.

    Perhaps you could use the feared idea as an active phrase at the beginning.

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