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    #101

    Re: Is the author of this essay a native speaker of English or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Why is it incorrect?
    I guess there is nothing wrong with the sentence, just that the part 'except for me' sounds a bit strange.

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    #102

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I guess there is nothing wrong with the sentence, just that the part 'except for me' sounds a bit strange.
    It was one of the most "native" sounding bits of the paragraph, to this native speaker's ears.

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    #103

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    I think the 'except for me' is superfluous.

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    #104

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    I think the 'except for me' is superfluous.
    Absolutely not. It adds a distinct flavour to the meaning, stressing that the writer is the only one capable of stopping his dreams coming true. It's added for emphasis and colour, and also serves to highlight that if the dream does not come true, it's the writer's fault, not anyone else's. Perhaps that's why it sounded so natural to me, because it is the sort of added detail that many who do not have English as their first language might not include.

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    #105

    Re: Is the author of this essay a native speaker of English or not?

    I did mention that one of the characteristics of a native speaker is being chatty and the tendency to ramble, didn't I?

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    #106

    Re: Is the author of this essay a native speaker of English or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post

    Originally Posted by tedtmc
    2nd part of sentence rephrased:
    Except for me, there was nothing to stop me from making my dream come true.

    I notice that this sentence has not been corrected after several rounds of scrutiny. Am I to take it that it is correct?



    Why is it incorrect?
    There's nothing wrong with it; however, given the writer's patterns, I would have expected to see except me, not except for me.
    Writer: There was nothing to stop me, except for me.
    Soup: There was nothing stopping me, except me.

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    #107

    Re: Is the author of this essay a native speaker of English or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I did mention that one of the characteristics of a native speaker is being chatty and the tendency to ramble, didn't I?

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