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    as easy as ABC

    As easy as ABC


    While observing and monitoring some of my students' group work, I could not but to hear them saying these:
    ‘’international system didn’t works’’
    ‘’she was been there’’
    ‘’negative influent on china economy’’
    ‘’we would been’’
    ‘’by the meaning of liberalism, is a …’’
    ‘’that is enough effective’’
    ‘’how works NATO’’
    ‘’All USA economy is depend on money that….’’
    ‘’only if more weaker than ’’
    ‘’that’s mean, he is right’’
    ‘’cooperation mix’’
    ‘’informations’’

    I wondered if you would be interested to help out by
    1) Saying how many of the mistakes are there?
    2) Which are they?
    3) What are the correct alternatives?
    4) Which books could be consulted in dealing with these issues?


    many thanks

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    Re: as easy as ABC

    ‘’international system didn’t works’’
    Problem: did carries tense, so works cannot. There's a rule in English: only one verb per sentence can carry tense.
    Correction: didn't work
    ‘’she was been there’’
    Problem: was and been are different forms of the same verb: was is the past tense form of the verb Be and been is its past participle. Been goes with HAVE/HAS
    Correction: she has been there
    ‘’negative influent on china economy’’
    Problem: manner of articulation: the free flowing air of syllable-final /s/ is stopped producing affricate /ts/ or plosive /t/ (i.e., influen[s] -> influen[ts] -> [t])
    Correction: influen[s]

    Problem: China economy is a not a compound word; it's a noun phrase, so the noun economy requires an adjective (i.e., Chinese) and a determiner (i.e., the economy).
    Correction: the Chinese economy
    ‘’we would been’’
    Problem: been is correlative: it belongs to a pair (i.e., HAVE/HAS been)
    Correction: would have been
    ‘’by the meaning of liberalism, is a …’’
    Problem: the verb is lacks a subject.
    Correction: e.g., Liberalism is ...
    ‘’that is enough effective’’
    Problem: word choice
    Correction: very effective
    ‘’how works NATO’’
    Problem: word order
    Correction: how NATO works OR how does NATO work
    ’All USA economy is depend on money that….’’
    Problem: Number agreement: All is plural, economy is singular; two verbs i.e., is and depend.
    Correction: The USA economy is dependent on
    ’only if more weaker than ’’
    Problem: only if X is Y; ecomparative forms: either more OR -er, not both
    Correction: only if it is weaker than
    ’that’s mean, he is right’’
    Problem: two verbs: is and mean
    Correction: that means, he is right
    ‘’cooperation mix’’

    ‘’informations’’
    Problem: non-count noun
    Correction: information

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    a few different choices

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    As easy as ABC


    While observing and monitoring some of my students' group work, I could not but to hear them saying these:
    ‘’international system didn’t works’’ as Soup said
    ‘’she was been there’’ she has been there or she was there
    ‘’negative influent on china economy’’ negative influence on China's economy
    ‘’we would been’’ we would have been or we would be
    ‘’by the meaning of liberalism, is a …’’ ??? don't what the person wants to say
    ‘’that is enough effective’’ that is effective enough
    ‘’how works NATO’’ as Soup said
    ‘’All USA economy is depend on money that….’’ The whole USA economy is dependent on money that... or The whole USA economy depends on money that...
    ‘’only if more weaker than ’’ as Soup said
    ‘’that’s mean, he is right’’ as Soup said
    ‘’cooperation mix’’ ??? that is a strange mix of words
    ‘’informations’’ as Soup said

    I wondered if you would be interested to help out by
    1) Saying how many of the mistakes are there?
    2) Which are they?
    3) What are the correct alternatives?
    4) Which books could be consulted in dealing with these issues?


    many thanks
    2006

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