He is not even fluent in his mother tongue. OR He is even poor at speaking his mother tongue.

Which one is correct? If I wrong, What would the correct sentence be?

Thank you.

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The first one is better. The second one should instead be "He is poor at even speaking his mother tongue". But it still sounds a little unnatural.

  • I would suggest the otherwise. As I would explain things with a grammatically positive but negative in meaning sentence. – Grizzly Feb 16 '16 at 7:07

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