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Chapter 2. Grammar > Special Problems of Nonnative Speakers

Special Problems of Nonnative Speakers

If English is not your native language, you may have special problems. The English grammar system has many rules; learning these rules can be difficult and frustrating. Verbs cause the most trouble. Verbs have many forms. “Drink” is the right word sometimes. But other times we have to say “drank” or “drunk.” For some new Americans, articles and prepositions also cause trouble. Not all languages have articles. And the use of prepositions seems to be determined by custom.

There are no easy usage rules to guide the new English speaker and writer. The best advice is to study hard, listen carefully, and read widely. In time, it will come. Have patience!


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