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Old June 16, 2008, 01:18 PM
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Can be both?

Thank you very much, Poli and Gemma, for your corrections!
You need a subject: Can/ Could it be both?
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Old June 16, 2008, 01:27 PM
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know need a subject. Wrote that because think heard of it. Isn't colloquial English?
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Old June 16, 2008, 01:41 PM
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Ok, you win.
When talking you say things such as:
You coming?
Finished?
You went with him?
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English speakers tend to like pronouns because they are needed to clarify
the verb. Some extremely lazy people drop pronouns sometimes.
¿Que tipo de socio americano tienes allí en Madrid?
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Poli, I must be quite thick but I don't get the joke about the American partner...
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Thanks a lot, Gemma! The only point is to know if you corrected it because it's definitively wrong or just because of an uncontrollable purist writing attack.
Believe me if I tell you that any correction makes wonder why. And sometimes it's really difficult to know.
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Old June 16, 2008, 01:51 PM
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Must have been persecution mania that drove me to correct it. But anyway I would reserve that kind of sentence for the spoken language, and I would discourage anyone who's not a native from speaking like that to avoid mistakes.
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Yeah, but the point to me is to know where mistakes begin. For example: do you consider a mistake: you know what?
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I don't believe I changed the meaning. I'm sorry to hear about you bird's death.Sixteen years is a long time to be together.
Of course you changed the meaning. I said my bird signs and you say my bird sings.
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No, it's perfect. People say it all the time. You shouldn't let mistakes you so much. Your English is great, just find yourself an English girlfriend and keep on practising...
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