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Two embarrassing grammatical errors


Sep 15 2016, 1:56pm

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Two embarrassing grammatical errors Can't Post

English is not my first language, but it's still embarrassing when it becomes too obvious...

In the thread "No interest in Middle-Earth Ultimate BLURAY boxset? Little surprised" in Main, I've made a post with the subject title "Your hatred for these movies really are something special!"

Could someone please change "are" to "is"?

Then in a post with the subject title "Ok, so it's ok to criticize someone, no matter how harshly?" there's this sentence: "Sadly, the narrative structure isn't just up to standard, and character development could have been much better."

Could someone please add a "the" before "character"?


Now now Bill, you swore this was a battle between warriors, not a bunch of miss nancies, so warriors is what I brought

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Sep 15 2016, 2:39pm

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Changes made // [In reply to] Can't Post


Tol Eressea

Sep 15 2016, 3:33pm

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To be fair [In reply to] Can't Post

I think very reasonable native English speakers could argue for a long time about whether "the" should be added before character development. I personally think the sentence reads better the way you first wrote it.

Adding the "the" gives a nice parallel with the first part of the sentence ("the narrative structure") and is definitely OK to include, but I don't think it's needed. Quite frankly, I can't explain why other than to say "it sounds just fine without it".

I'm commenting on this not to be a nit-picker, but simply to say that I think your post was really well written and I'd have never guessed from it that you're not an native speaker. (not that I care either way :) )


Happiness: money matters, but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important and so are friends, while envy is toxic -- and so is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude. - The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner as summarized by Lily Fairbairn. And a bit of the Hobbit reading thrown in never hurts. - NottaSackville


Sep 16 2016, 3:16am

Post #4 of 5 (503 views)
Agree with Notta [In reply to] Can't Post

The sentence reads fine and is proper English (to me) with or without the "the". Smile

‘. . . the rule of no realm is mine . . .
But all worthy things that are in peril . . . those are my care.
For I also am a steward. Did you not know?'

Gandalf to Denethor


Sep 16 2016, 8:38am

Post #5 of 5 (486 views)
Thanks - and good to know! [In reply to] Can't Post

I guess the reason I wanted to put the "the" there is that in Swedish, that same sentence wouldn't make sense without a definite article after "character development" (yes, the definite article comes after the noun in Swedish: karaktärsutveckling/karaktärsutvecklingen).

I studied journalism at an American university years ago, and I used to have a much better sense of the English language. This is good practice for me though!

Now now Bill, you swore this was a battle between warriors, not a bunch of miss nancies, so warriors is what I brought


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