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    When Ivana returned to her homeland

    Would you please correct the mistakes in my sentence?

    When Ivana returned to her homeland after more then 30 years living abroad, she was appalled by the level of ignorance, the lack of culture, illiteracy and moral decay.

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    #2

    Re: When Ivana returned to her homeland

    Just find your one simple spelling mistake.

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    Re: When Ivana returned to her homeland

    I have read the above sentence over and over, but I cannot spot the mistake.

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    #4

    Re: When Ivana returned to her homeland

    It's in the first ten words.

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    #5

    Re: When Ivana returned to her homeland

    It should be "than."

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    Re: When Ivana returned to her homeland

    These mistakes happen when I am more concentrated on the choice of the proper words and grammar than spelling. My mind functions sometimes as if it is programmed to see certain kinds of mistakes and simply ignore others.

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    Re: When Ivana returned to her homeland

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I have read the above sentence over and over, but I cannot spot the mistake.
    If it's any consolation, I (a moderately experienced teacher of English) spotted it only on my third reading. Sometimes we see what we expect to see.

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    Re: When Ivana returned to her homeland

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Would you please correct the mistakes in my sentence?

    When Ivana returned to her homeland after more then 30 years living abroad, she was appalled by the level of ignorance, the lack of culture, illiteracy and moral decay.
    Am I the only person that read the end as "a lack of culture, (a lack of) illiteracy and (a lack of) moral decay"?

    I would reorder them to "... she was appalled by the levels​ of ignorance, illiteracy and moral decay, and the lack of culture".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 21-Mar-2017 at 09:31.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: When Ivana returned to her homeland

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Am I the only person that read the end as "a lack of culture, (a lack of) illiteracy and (a lack of) moral decay"?

    I would reorder them to "... she was appalled by the levels​ of ignorance, illiteracy and moral decay, and the lack of culture".
    I noticed that parallelism error too, and started to write a reply pointing it out. Unfortunately I soon got bogged down in trying to explain the problem and gave up.
    I am not a teacher.

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