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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

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    It wouldn't have been impressive to listen to the couple speaking if they were native speakers of English, would it?
    I don't understand.
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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

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    I don't understand.
    I think that is the idea of stating "local couple", as distinct from a foreign couple from an English-speaking country.
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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    It wouldn't have been impressive to listen to the couple speaking if they were native speakers of English, would it?
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    I don't understand.
    Don't you, Tarheel? It makes perfect sense to me. I'm not impressed when I listen to two native speakers of a language simply chatting to each other. However, if they are both speaking a second language, it's much more impressive.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

    Well, I don't know about that, but the point I was making is there's no need to mention that they are local if they live in the same apartment complex as you. (Clearly, that's a local couple.)

    As for whether I would be impressed, I don't know. (I do enjoy listening to Italian, but that's a different subject.)

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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

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    there's no need to mention that they are local if they live in the same apartment complex as you. (Clearly, that's a local couple.)
    Not necessarily. They could easily be foreigners living there.

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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

    I remember at that time my family lived in a very small apartment in Shenzhen. But the whole apartment complex has much bigger apartments. I remember there were native speakers of English who lived there, people who rented the apartment and people like my father, who worked for that company.

    I was impressed because I like English very much. At that time, my teacher in elementary school motivated us to learn and encouraged us to speak, you can imagine that, Tarheel. You are learning Italian and you like it so much, but you don't speak or speak only some of the language. One day, you met a US couple who were speaking Italian very fluently with each other, (Imagine you are an elementary school student, too, who's curius and loves everything.) and you listen patiently to what they were saying though you didn't understand. Then you'll know how I felt.

    To teechar. I still have some grammar questions about this sentence. Please help me for the last time in this post.

    1) When I was young, I often met a local couple that lived in the same building complext as me. (Is "that" wrong? in this sentence)
    2) I was impressed with that because I like English very much. (Is it wrong to delete "with that"?)
    3) I vowed that I would speak English like them one day. (Is it wrong to delete "that"?)

    Thanks a lot and take your time!

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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

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    1) When I was young, I often met a local couple that lived in the same building complex as me. (Is "that" wrong? in this sentence)
    It is not wrong, but I prefer "who".
    "That" --- couple as an entity.
    "Who" ---- couple as people.

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    2) I was impressed with that because I like English very much. (Is it wrong to delete "with that"?)
    You can omit or include it. It's optional.

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    3) I vowed that I would speak English like them one day. (Is it wrong to delete "that"?)
    You can omit or include it. It's optional.

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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

    Silver, you might want to post more autobiographical stories. They are, I think, more interesting than the stuff that's just about grammar.

    (I like to say that none us here (Charlotte) are from Charlotte. Does that mean that none of us are locals? )

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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

    I wouldn't be impressed by natives speaking their own language per se, anymore than other people would be impressed with you speaking your own mother tongue. I think it was more of a novelty, a treat, especially when one is learning the language and don't get to hear a native speaking it often. I would be be impressed hearing a non-native speak the language fluently like a native, which is rare.
    Last edited by tedmc; 15-Sep-2020 at 04:16.
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    Re: When I was young, I met a couple. (51 words)

    Get rid of the comma after vowed. Otherwise, it's good as written.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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