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I wish become good at my English.

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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby Sumi » Tue 12.12.2006 4:49 pm

jinksys wrote:
alot of it is pointless if you live in the south.


Are you talking about America?! Well, I must say that I can't even understand the most southern accents.
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby TrilinguisT » Tue 12.12.2006 4:53 pm

howdy partner! ^
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby richvh » Tue 12.12.2006 4:57 pm

While "it's" is the proper contraction of "it is", I think you're right; after hearing "a lot of it[']s", I'm expecting a noun-subject, not a predicate, so the contraction "it's" doesn't fit, but the possessive pronoun "its" is certainly not correct. Other opinions? Or shall we let this thread (which is over a year old) go back to sleep?
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby Rounin T » Wed 12.13.2006 5:47 pm

Rich and TrilinguisT are correct. In order to contract 'it' with 'is', the 'it' has to be the subject of the grammatical construction in which 'is' is the verb. In this case, the 'it' is the object of a prepositional phrase that modifies 'a lot', which is the subject that actually goes with the 'is' in question. If we diagrammed the sentence, the 'it' would be on a completely different level from the 'is'.

So you could say "English grammar is hard and a lot of it is pointless" (as TrilinguisT suggested) or you could say "English grammar is hard and it's pointless."

Grammatically speaking, of course. In practice, you're welcome to say whatever the heck you want. ;)
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby gconyers » Wed 02.14.2007 12:35 pm

I am looking to become better at Japanese, so maybe we can have a trade off? I can help with the English, if you guys will help me become better at Japanese.
Some days it just doesn\'t seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby ButterFli » Tue 06.05.2007 12:42 am

TrilinguisT wrote:
howdy partner! ^


Hey, what's that supposed to mean? I'm from Texas.
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby Infidel » Tue 06.05.2007 2:07 am

In Texas I never heard anyone say Howdy partner except non-Texans pretending to speak the lingo. Anyone that says Howdy, like me, only says Howdy.

And BTW, you responded to a 6 month old thread.
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby ss » Tue 06.05.2007 3:33 am

Once upon a time, I was in flash chat and someone came in and ....

YY: Howdy?
SS: ......... (thinking real hard) I'm fine, thank you. Howdy?
YY: I'm doing fine too ...

So, I guess "howdy" is "how are you" ?? I don't know .... ^^;
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby Infidel » Tue 06.05.2007 6:48 am

Its origin is a contracted "how do you do" But its usage is often just "Hi"

Howdy as you pass someone on the street = hi.
Howdy as you meet someone = how do you do?
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby ss » Tue 06.05.2007 7:47 am

Thank you Infidel-san. Now I know what is "Howdy" :p
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby paulrowe » Thu 06.07.2007 11:46 am

SS wrote:
Thank you Infidel-san. Now I know what is "Howdy" :p

Different areas will slur it differently and it will sound awkward if you pronounce it as written. Also, my grandmother would say, "Hi-doo," instead of, "Howdy."
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby AJBryant » Thu 06.07.2007 1:37 pm

And then there was Wilson who always said, "Hidy-ho, neighbor Tim!"


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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby Chris Hart » Thu 06.07.2007 4:14 pm

Capparapha wrote:
Right you're, grammer english pointless is.


Well put, Yoda.

I'm off to find another long since dead thread to resurect. :)
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby ss » Thu 06.07.2007 8:55 pm

I think it's also very important that we learn to speak and write Standard English in the first place. Not saying all of them are improper, but each person has his or her own cultural origins, background, upbringing, personality, interests, needs and wants.

Standard English is the form of English that is most acceptable to the largest number of people. I think it is the form that is most appropriate for almost every purpose, audience and context.

Yet, we should also strive to respect another person's point of view even if we do not understand at that moment.
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RE: I wish become good at my English.

Postby SmoochesToYou » Sun 10.07.2007 6:47 am

こんにちは!

I'm not very good.. :(
I want to go to Japan but I\'m too young.
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