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    Question Do You Think This Sentece Is Correct?

    I made a speech on how to combine experience and innovation to successfully compete in national and international markets.

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    Re: Do You Think This Sentece Is Correct?

    The adverbial phrase is ambiguous here:

    Ex: I made/gave/delivered a speech on how to combine experience and innovation (in order) to successfully compete in national and international markets.

    Meaning 1
    I made a speech ... (in order) to successfully compete in national and international markets.

    Meaning 2
    ... how to combine experience and innovation (in order) to successfully compete in national and international markets.

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    Re: Do You Think This Sentece Is Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Niall Beag View Post
    Yes, I think that's correct, but others wouldn't.
    Why wouldn't they?

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    Re: Do You Think This Sentece Is Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Niall Beag View Post
    I understand that you are not a teacher, Niall, that you are a teacher in training, so when you state that a sentence is correct, but others wouldn't think so, you are in essence saying ... what exactly? The reason I ask, twofold:
    i. the poster will undoubtedly ask why you think others would disagree, and
    ii. vague statements don't help; they cost the members of the discussion time and effort. If you feel a sentence is potentially ungrammatical, then you should provide evidence/examples so that the poster gains a clearer understanding of the problem or question posted. Otherwise, just give what you actually do know about the topic.

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    Re: Do You Think This Sentece Is Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Niall Beag View Post
    Also, we tend to talk about "delivering a speech".
    Google:
    Give a speech- 567,000
    Gave a speech-
    782,000
    Giving a speech-
    545,000

    Make a speech- 462,000
    Made a speech-
    528,000
    Making a speech-
    242,000

    Deliver a speech-
    389,000
    Delivered a speech-
    421,000
    Delivering a speech-
    142,000

    BNC:
    Give a speech- 9
    Make a speech- 37
    Deliver a speech 3

    Given that 'deliver a speech' comes bottom in both a major corpus and the largest online collection of data available, what exactly is this tendency you have observed based on?


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    Re: Do You Think This Sentece Is Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Google:
    Give a speech- 567,000
    Gave a speech- 782,000
    Giving a speech- 545,000

    Make a speech- 462,000
    Made a speech- 528,000
    Making a speech- 242,000

    Deliver a speech- 389,000
    Delivered a speech- 421,000
    Delivering a speech- 142,000

    BNC:
    Give a speech- 9
    Make a speech- 37
    Deliver a speech 3

    Given that 'deliver a speech' comes bottom in both a major corpus and the largest online collection of data available, what exactly is this tendency you have observed based on?
    Is it nice way to study English Tdol?!!

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    Re: Do You Think This Sentece Is Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by cuongmits View Post
    Is it nice way to study English Tdol?!!
    Welcome, cuongmits.

    Could you explain your question. I am having trouble understanding what it is you're asking.


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    Re: Do You Think This Sentece Is Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Welcome, cuongmits.

    Could you explain your question. I am having trouble understanding what it is you're asking.
    It's not quite a question Casiopea. Juz one idea for person who want to study english by Google Search engine ;) Juz search with some key words, 'n you will find that words (or using of them) is right or wrong :)


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    Re: Do You Think This Sentece Is Correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by cuongmits View Post
    It's not quite a question Casiopea. Just one idea for a person who want to study English by Google Search engine ;) Just search with some key words, and you will find whether those words (or using of them) is right or wrong :)
    It is a useful indication of whether words or phrases are used. However, the way that Google works means that you must be careful not to take the number of hits as an absolute guarantee of accuracy.

    One thing is certain - if you do not use English words properly spelled, you will fail to find anything.

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    Re: Do You Think This Sentece Is Correct?

    Try this site: [DAVIES/BYU] British National Corpus It is designed for this sort of searching, and has many grammatical and lexical features.

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