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is an error in English?
The concept of language errors is a fuzzy one. Iíll leave to linguists
the technical definitions. Here weíre concerned only with deviations
from the standard use of English as judged by sophisticated users such as
professional writers, editors, teachers, and literate executives and
personnel officers. The aim of this site is to help you avoid low grades,
lost employment opportunities, lost business, and titters of amusement at
the way you write or speak.
But isnít one personís mistake anotherís standard usage?
Why donít you cover all important points of grammar?
Iím learning English as a second language. Will this site help me
improve my English?
Arenít some of these points awfully picky?
is mapping Australian regionalisms - words, phrases or expressions used by particular language groups. Add your regionalism or search to see what others have contributed.
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