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    Times when the English language took a hit

    Does "Times when the English language took a hit" mean "the times have come when the English language would suffer attacks from Donald Trump"?

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    Donald Trump's grammar, syntax errors: Times when the English language took a hit

    By Polly Higgins [email protected] December 17, 2016

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    Re: Times when the English language took a hit

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Does "Times when the English language took a hit" mean "the times have come when the English language would suffer attacks from Donald Trump"?
    No, it doesn't mean that. It means instances when Donald Trump made language mistakes.

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    Re: Times when the English language took a hit

    "took a hit" seems to mean "suffered blows".

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    Re: Times when the English language took a hit

    I like that interpretation, GoodTaste.

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    Re: Times when the English language took a hit

    Some politicians in English-speaking countries mangle the language and it can be hard to get a decent interpretation of what they said, though on an impressionistic basis, the meaning is often clear enough.

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    Re: Times when the English language took a hit

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    on an impressionistic basis, the meaning is often clear enough.
    WRONG! That is disgusting. It is fake news. I have alternative facts that, and I can prove this, that what has been, and I am going to make America great again because the power is back to the people and it's horrible.

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    Re: Times when the English language took a hit

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    WRONG! That is disgusting. It is fake news. I have alternative facts that, and I can prove this, that what has been, and I am going to make America great again because the power is back to the people and it's horrible.
    Sigh...You forgot "and only I can do it."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Times when the English language took a hit

    Trump has a certain je ne sais quoi. Understanding what he is trying to say is a lot easier if you already know what he is trying to say. If you don't, it's very difficult.

    He is a nightmare for translators.

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