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I'm a native English speaker.

At school, we were not taught grammar or parts of speech very formally or rigorously. So I don't know this as well as I would like.

I enjoy reading well-written English.


Jan
30
comment Person who pretends to not understand unless one speaks in exactly the words they expect
Hello Karen, welcome to English Language and Usage. Someone else down-voted your answer, perhaps because it initially looks more like a supportive comment than an answer providing the word sought. Maybe because Nit-picking was suggested earlier. Don't take it personally :)
Jan
7
comment Is “despite” outdated?
Despite: 1058. Bro:68
Jan
7
comment Is “despite” outdated?
Use of despite (and whilst) may be declining in the US much earlier and faster than in other parts of the Anglosphere (where they might have a long, fruitful and comfortable future).
Jan
5
comment Is there a word similar to “reddening” for the color blue?
The word bluing is also a well established term in metalworking, so it is absolutely appropriate to use it for other circumstances where there is a change in colour. Karen's colleagues might like to use the established spelling to avoid looking silly.
Dec
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
5
awarded  Yearling
Nov
28
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
5
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
5
comment Why do people support/oppose the death penalty (with article), but oppose/support abortion (no article)
It would have been better to contrast "the death penalty" with "execution".
Jul
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
15
answered “I would like that he was normal”; is this sentence correct?
Jun
15
comment Is there a word for someone born in the UK?
@Martin: Don't worry about disagreeing with me :-). The terms are somewhat poorly defined. Many would say the UK is a state, not a nation. Regarding legal status of UK as nation, is that Scottish law or the Law of England and Wales, or elsewhere? ;) Which acts of law define nation?
Jun
15
answered Is there a way to praise the action rather than the intelligence or strength?
Jun
15
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Jun
15
answered Is there a word for someone born in the UK?
Jun
15
answered What does ranked two places below mean?