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11-10-2009 @ 12:33AM
Excellent reply - thanks Stridez.If I have come across as a smarmy git, I apologise. My tone was probably born out of the frustration that an English teacher feels when s/he has corrected the same mistake in four hundred pieces of students' work over the year. My later comments were worded strongly for effect, rather than derision.It's interesting you mention the 'high mastery' of the English language in the author's posts - I would agree! I do, however, have students that have an excellent vocabulary but still do not know how to use a possessive apostrophe (no matter how many times I tutor them or point it out). There are gaps in all our knowledge, I am sure, and from my experience the 'than/then' substitution is, in almost all circumstances, a spelling error rather than a simple typo (in all the pieces of work I've marked, a student who misuses 'than/then' does it consistently throughout their piece, regardless of their overall expression and intelligence).
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