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  1. Newbie
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    Help with some things...urgent!

    Hi guys,

    I just wanted to get your urgent opinions on this..

    What sort of problems could a non English speaker have with saying the sentences below and do you think there could be any misinterpetations with meanings?

    - I've been waiting...

    - It suits you/It fits you

    - I wish I didn't..

    - You should've locked..

    Please helpppp!!

    Thanks



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    Re: Help with some things...urgent!

    Quote Originally Posted by Borsina View Post
    Hi guys,

    I just wanted to get your urgent opinions on this..

    What sort of problems could a non English speaker have with saying the sentences below and do you think there could be any misinterpetations with meanings?

    - I've been waiting...

    - It suits you/It fits you

    - I wish I didn't..

    - You should've locked..

    Please helpppp!!

    Thanks


    I grabbed my stethoscope and came as quickly as I could!
    My urgent opinion is that you've left your homework late. Yes, I do think there could be misinterpretations with these phrases.
    What thoughts have you come up with so far?

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    Re: Help with some things...urgent!

    Why thanks Doctor, perhaps there is some truth in your urgent opinion!

    Well so far I have come up with -

    I've been waiting - learners may say 'I been waiting' rather than i've been waiting as there is less stress on 'have'

    It suits you/It fits you - students may use noun (suit) without 's' and may misunderstand the past is being spoken about and say 'fit' instead of 'fits' - also face difficulty in pronouncing 'ts' in both words

    I wish i didn't - students may think the present is being spoken about and say 'don't instead of 'didn't', also difficulty in pronouncing 'sh'

    You should've locked - Students may confuse 'have' with 'of'

    I appreciate your help,

    Thanks


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    Re: Help with some things...urgent!

    Quote Originally Posted by borsina View Post

    i've been waiting - learners may say 'i been waiting' rather than i've been waiting as there is less stress on 'have'

    i agree. Also, some non-native speakers might say 'bin' for 'been' if they don't have a long /i/ in their first language.
    And waitin' if they have problems with /ng/.

    it suits you/it fits you - students may use noun (suit) without 's' and may misunderstand the past is being spoken about and say 'fit' instead of 'fits' - also face difficulty in pronouncing 'ts' in both words

    also, using one to mean the other. Trouble with understanding "it fits you, but it doesn't suit you"

    i wish i didn't - students may think the present is being spoken about and say 'don't instead of 'didn't', also difficulty in pronouncing 'sh'
    i might think that too.
    "i wish i didn't have to do this homework" refers to the present/future.
    To refer to the past, you'd say "i wish i hadn't ..."
    there is potential for misinterpretation with the following
    i wish i hadn't drunk so much. (last night. I'm not used to it)
    i wish i didn't drink so much. (i'm an alcoholic)

    you should've locked
    - students may confuse 'have' with 'of'
    also could be confused with "you should've looked" in some accents.
    r.

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    Re: Help with some things...urgent!

    Thanks very much Doc. that was mighty useful


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