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How would you rate your command of the English language?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on July 24, 2007

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“Advanced I guess. It compares on what I’m comparing it to, but I teach English as a second language and translate documents.”

Photo of P.J. Metzen

“I’d probably say average. I don’t have to use proper English where I work, and living in a rural area has something to do with it.”

Photo of Caitlin Curry

“A little above average. I’m a college graduate, but I wasn’t an English major.”

Photo of Nathan Jervis

“I’d say a bit above average. I have dyslexia, but it doesn’t really hold me back.”


sgtwolverine 10 years, 8 months ago

That depends on whether I'm speaking or writing.

Bill Chapman 10 years, 8 months ago

Fairly good - I read constantly (this tends to help with any English class). The reading helps to keep me current with both the historical and the current usages of syntax, structure, etc.

Dayna Lee 10 years, 8 months ago

You'd be amazed how much you can say without saying anything at all in America.

Linda Aikins 10 years, 8 months ago

Spywell, you maybe should have slept a little longer this morning....and not to ruin your already soggy cereal, but your response was well written.

Speaking of which, were all of you up all night or something?

Linda Aikins 10 years, 8 months ago

compares = depends

Typo? I wonder..........

Good catch, Mr. Harley!

sunflower_sue 10 years, 8 months ago

The inflection of my speech does not compare to the idosyncrasies of my dialect.

RI, I just thought they were alike in their likeness. Mine's like that, too.

jonas 10 years, 8 months ago

Well, I was going to say very good, but as FerdinandLanghoff doubts my grammar, and that other poster, whose name apparently failed to imprint, questions my spelling, my entire world has been thrown into a dark morass of self-doubt and loathing.

So I'll stick with saying that my command of English is better than my command of the several other languages I'm learning. Better than dreadful is still better, after all.

Christine Pennewell Davis 10 years, 8 months ago

I am with sgt. as any one who reads these posts know.

lmpaul 10 years, 8 months ago

Occasionally I am quite embarassed for writers and speakers. Today's grammar is terrible. My current gripe is everyone saying, "You've got" which literally is "you have got". Then I received a letter that said, "Thanks for speaking with myself and John." (Should be "speaking with John and me.") Eeeeek! I don't want to go all Elizabethian, but come on, people, stop murdering grammar.

Linda Aikins 10 years, 8 months ago

Impaul, you will have better luck getting people in Boston to use their turn signals!

Bradley Kemp 10 years, 8 months ago

What's wrong with "you've got" or "you have got"? You've got to tell me.

Linda Endicott 10 years, 8 months ago

Depends on who you ask. I've always thought I had a little better than average command of English...but other posters on this forum (the grammar and spelling police) have had different opinions.

Ah...screw them!

Frederic Gutknecht IV 10 years, 8 months ago

I play a poetically licensed axiom murderer on TV and acoustic/electric bass so when a note falls in a forest I hear tell and know whereof I speak, if you catch my adrift drift.

jonas 10 years, 8 months ago

Impaul: And what, pray tell, is wrong with saying "you have got?"

A world where I can't say "AY! You have got da soul insida yuu!" is a world suddenly a little bleaker, if you ask me.

Next, you'll be telling me I can't say "You dun got dat der motorhuckle runnin guud, budzo!"

I'm going to have to dispose of a lot of hats and overalls.

sgtwolverine 10 years, 8 months ago

Whoa! How did rumors start flying about me?

james bush 10 years, 8 months ago

It was better before Lawrence blogging came along and now it really doesn't matter considering the recipients of my blogs!

Steve Mechels 10 years, 8 months ago

OTOH, it is all about communication. If people know what you are saying, who cares if it grammatically correct. Anybody remember diagramming snetences?

Mandie Eutsler 10 years, 8 months ago

we do not speak english as americans we speak a bastardized version of english we should call it 'merican and since i'm calling it whatever i want i can skip punctuation and spell it however i want i can skip the ugh in donut the u in color and favor etc.

jonas 10 years, 8 months ago

I don't know, Marion, are you sure that's not a slightly bastardized version? I could understand all of that, and I seem to recall the Old English side of the page being much more incomprehensible.

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