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    ('as............as' structure)

    Hi there,

    How can I correct the following sentence?


    Learning a foreign language had best be started at as early as primary levels as possible.

    Learning a foreign language had best be started at as early levels as primary ones. (?!)

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    #2

    Re: ('as............as' structure)

    You say you want to correct one sentence, yet you provide two. I guess the second one might be your attempt, but it's not quite clear.

    Also, it's helpful to number your sentence(s) for reference by responders.


    One hint: learning (uncountable, so singular), level (countable), and one (countable) are all nouns that should agree in number.

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    #3

    Re: ('as............as' structure)

    Say:

    Learning a foreign language had best be started as early as primary levels.

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    #4

    Re: ('as............as' structure)

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Learning a foreign language had best be started as early as primary levels.
    There needs to be an 'at' in there somewhere.

    I think I'd write

    Learning a foreign language had best be started as early as possible, preferably at the primary level of education.

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    #5

    Re: ('as............as' structure)

    How about '... started early at the primary level'?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: ('as............as' structure)

    Humans are most receptive to language learning in early childhood.

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    #7

    Re: ('as............as' structure)

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    How about '... started early at the primary level'?
    It's changing the meaning slightly, as it sounds like you mean near the start of the primary level, rather than at some point during the level.

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    #8

    Re: ('as............as' structure)

    How about '... started early, i.e. at the primary level'?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: ('as............as' structure)

    I wouldn't use "had best be started".

    Learning a language is best started at primary school [age].
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ('as............as' structure)

    Or you can say "Learning foreign languages best/should be started at early levels as primary levels."

    I don't know if people think I'm wrong.
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