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9-13-2011 @ 3:44PM
@LeeThe non-native grammar/spelling problems and the native-but-young/uneducated problems are, however, completely different. An ESL speaker is more prone to make word order, sentence structure and contraction mistakes, use odd words, misuse slang or miss certain connotations. We rarely make homonym mistakes because our learning process is intricately tied to the written word, not the spoken. The kind of mistakes in Turmoil's letter or the OP are a fairly good example of mistakes an ESL speaker would be unlikely to make. I'm not saying that Turmoil isn't also an ESL speaker, but the letter does indicate a young person rather than a non-anglophone person.
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