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    Miscellaneous Questions (PART 1)

    [1] Which is more common?:
    (a) He is a good tennis player.
    (b) He plays tennis well.

    [2] Which is more common?:
    (a) This book is easy for me to read.
    (b) It's easy for me to read this book.
    Or are there any better sentences?

    [3] Which is correct?
    Tom: "Our teacher's new book titled Elementary Differential Geometry for Dummies is fabulous."
    John: "I couldn't agree more. I need to buy one/the book/that book/one copy of the book/one copy of that book."

    [4] Which is the most likely?:
    If a non-native English speaker who goes to an elite university says to a native English speaker "I have dog.", then that native speaker will probably think that:
    (a) that student has a poor command of English
    (b) that student inadvertently dropped the "a" before "dog"
    (c) that student has a habit of eating dog meat.
    <For this question, any personal opinion will be OK.>

    [5] Are these sentences correct?:
    (1) Nobody has punished him. I'm going to take matters into my own hands.
    (2) Mary is beautiful to a fault.
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    #2

    Re: Miscellaneous Questions (PART 1)

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    Probably 4(a)
    Your reply is very helpful, for the Japanese language does not have any equivalent of "a", "an", or "the".

    Thanks a lot.

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    #3

    Re: Miscellaneous Questions (PART 1)

    Quote Originally Posted by YAMATO2201 View Post
    [1] Which is more common?:
    (a) He is a good tennis player.
    (b) He plays tennis well.
    They're both equally common.

    [2] Which is more common?:
    (a) This book is easy for me to read.
    (b) It's easy for me to read this book.
    Or are there any better sentences?
    They're both equally common. Other options are possible, but not necessarily better.

    [3] Which is correct?
    Tom: "Our teacher's new book titled Elementary Differential Geometry for Dummies is fabulous."
    John: "I couldn't agree more. I need to buy one/the book/that book/one copy of the book/one copy of that book."
    I'd say 'a copy' or 'a copy of it' or 'a copy of that book' or even just 'I need to buy it'.

    [4] Which is the most likely?:
    If a none -native English speaker who goes to an elite university says to a native English speaker "I have dog.", then that native speaker will probably think that:
    (a) that student has a poor command of English
    (b) that student inadvertently dropped the "a" before "dog"
    (c) that student has a habit of eating dog meat.
    <For this question, any personal opinion is OK.>
    This is mostly conjecture between a and b, without actually hearing the person speak. However, I can't imagine any native English speaker thinking c. Dog meat generally isn't consumed in native English speaking cultures. Unless there was some unusual situation where a person grew up speaking English in a culture where consumption of dog is common, I seriously doubt option c would even cross his or her mind. That's more of a cultural issue than a language issue.

    [5] Are these sentences correct?:
    (1) Nobody has punished him. I'm going to take matters into my own hands.
    [2] Mary is beautiful to a fault.

    They are grammatically correct, yes.
    See above.
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    #4

    Re: Miscellaneous Questions (PART 1)

    Yamato2201, in future, please limit yourself to one question per thread.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Miscellaneous Questions (PART 1)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yamato2201, in future, please limit yourself to one question per thread.
    ... with a suitable title - such as He is a good tennis player.


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    #6

    Re: Miscellaneous Questions (PART 1)

    Non-native is correct. None-native is not.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Miscellaneous Questions (PART 1)

    The 'e' in my post has strike-through. It's just hard to see it with the subsequent hyphen as well.
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