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9/18/2010 5:38:32 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Hey, like I mentioned in another post I am trying to get to grips with grammar (and thought using this site would give me a chance to practice my new English language skillz...obviously I still need to do a lot of work) and found this site that is really helping me get to grips with it all. I know for a fact a lot of you don't need this but to some I am sure this will be really helpful.

http://www.dailywritingtips.com...

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9/18/2010 6:39:35 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
My friends and I have an eternal argument over whether it is grammatically correct to say "I speak good English". (I understand the proper way to say this is "I speak English well".) Anyone know the answer to this?
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9/19/2010 5:02:55 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/18/2010 6:39:35 AM, TulleKrazy wrote:
My friends and I have an eternal argument over whether it is grammatically correct to say "I speak good English". (I understand the proper way to say this is "I speak English well".) Anyone know the answer to this?

I wasn't sure about this either, so I did some research. Please correct me if i'm wrong on this...
You can't use a adjective (good, bad, ugly) in that context. You have to use an adverb (well, quickly). So you could say "I can speak English very quickly" but not "I speak English ugly".
It's all very confusing though.
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9/19/2010 5:17:20 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/18/2010 6:39:35 AM, TulleKrazy wrote:
My friends and I have an eternal argument over whether it is grammatically correct to say "I speak good English". (I understand the proper way to say this is "I speak English well".) Anyone know the answer to this?

Your friends probably think "I speak good English" is correct since they are using the attribute "good" to describe their English. Sadly, they are mistaken like tvellalott said.

It's like saying, "I run good." You could say, "I'm good at running." Just like you could say "I'm good at speaking English."

However, "I run good" would never be correct... ("My English is good." would work as well, it's just not very "sophisticated".) You are right! :D
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9/19/2010 5:23:06 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/19/2010 5:17:20 PM, annhasle wrote:
However, "I run good" would never be correct... ("My English is good." would work as well, it's just not very "sophisticated".) You are right! :D

I don't know if even "My English is good" is correct. It doesn't sound right. 'English' isn't an object, so it can't be described as good.. You could say "My cat is good" or "My sandwich is good", but "My english is good". I don't think so. :/
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9/19/2010 5:24:30 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/19/2010 5:23:06 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:17:20 PM, annhasle wrote:
However, "I run good" would never be correct... ("My English is good." would work as well, it's just not very "sophisticated".) You are right! :D

I don't know if even "My English is good" is correct. It doesn't sound right. 'English' isn't an object, so it can't be described as good.. You could say "My cat is good" or "My sandwich is good", but "My english is good". I don't think so. :/

You can... It's just not recommended. It's primary school level English. Sadly, many people (in the US) don't move past this level. -__-
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9/19/2010 5:29:27 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/19/2010 5:24:30 PM, annhasle wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:23:06 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:17:20 PM, annhasle wrote:
However, "I run good" would never be correct... ("My English is good." would work as well, it's just not very "sophisticated".) You are right! :D

I don't know if even "My English is good" is correct. It doesn't sound right. 'English' isn't an object, so it can't be described as good.. You could say "My cat is good" or "My sandwich is good", but "My english is good". I don't think so. :/

You can... It's just not recommended. It's primary school level English. Sadly, many people (in the US) don't move past this level. -__-

It sounds like caveman talk.
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9/19/2010 5:31:05 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/19/2010 5:29:27 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:24:30 PM, annhasle wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:23:06 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:17:20 PM, annhasle wrote:
However, "I run good" would never be correct... ("My English is good." would work as well, it's just not very "sophisticated".) You are right! :D

I don't know if even "My English is good" is correct. It doesn't sound right. 'English' isn't an object, so it can't be described as good.. You could say "My cat is good" or "My sandwich is good", but "My english is good". I don't think so. :/

You can... It's just not recommended. It's primary school level English. Sadly, many people (in the US) don't move past this level. -__-

It sounds like caveman talk.

That's why I said it wasn't sophisticated.
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9/19/2010 5:36:34 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/19/2010 5:24:30 PM, annhasle wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:23:06 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:17:20 PM, annhasle wrote:
However, "I run good" would never be correct... ("My English is good." would work as well, it's just not very "sophisticated".) You are right! :D

I don't know if even "My English is good" is correct. It doesn't sound right. 'English' isn't an object, so it can't be described as good.. You could say "My cat is good" or "My sandwich is good", but "My english is good". I don't think so. :/

You can... It's just not recommended. It's primary school level English. Sadly, many people (in the US) don't move past this level. -__-

At least it's not double negatives. That drives me crazy and my dad does it constantly, argh!
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9/19/2010 5:42:17 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/19/2010 5:36:34 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:24:30 PM, annhasle wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:23:06 PM, tvellalott wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:17:20 PM, annhasle wrote:
However, "I run good" would never be correct... ("My English is good." would work as well, it's just not very "sophisticated".) You are right! :D

I don't know if even "My English is good" is correct. It doesn't sound right. 'English' isn't an object, so it can't be described as good.. You could say "My cat is good" or "My sandwich is good", but "My english is good". I don't think so. :/

You can... It's just not recommended. It's primary school level English. Sadly, many people (in the US) don't move past this level. -__-

At least it's not double negatives. That drives me crazy and my dad does it constantly, argh!

I hate that, too!
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9/19/2010 5:44:14 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/19/2010 5:42:17 PM, TulleKrazy wrote:
At 9/19/2010 5:36:34 PM, InsertNameHere wrote:

At least it's not double negatives. That drives me crazy and my dad does it constantly, argh!

I hate that, too!

Besides things like the "your", "you're" and "there", "their", "they're" thing it's probably the grammatical fallacy that drives me the most crazy.
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9/20/2010 8:05:06 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 9/20/2010 8:00:10 PM, tvellalott wrote:
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