Re: English: no rule for making "ing" verbs?
- Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2017 20:21:16 -0800
- From: The Real Bev <bashley101+moz@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: English: no rule for making "ing" verbs?
On 12/08/2017 02:42 PM, Wolf K wrote:
On 2017-12-08 13:44, The Real Bev wrote:
I assume from your name that you are not a native English speaker, which
means you actually had to learn the rules. I didn't (just picked them
up subliminally, I guess -- I did a lot of reading as a kid) until I
took French in high school. "Oh, THAT's what a direct object is!" etc.
I'm natively bi-lingual. My father was Austrian, my mother was English.
I grew up speaking both languages from the age of 5.
Lucky bastard! I really envy people who are fluent. My friend's
grandkids are growing up speaking Mandarin (PROPER Mandarin as well as
writing, their other grandmother was a teacher in Taiwan) and English.
I was the best student in my high school and college foreign language
classes, but I am woefully inept at understanding either French or
Spanish unless the native speaker speaks very slowly. Mexican Spanish,
which drops a lot of letters, is very nearly incomprehensible.
I know how German is pronounced because I took six weeks of it --
dropping it because I was sick of declining nouns after spending the
previous year in a Latin class :-( In my defense, the teacher
pronounced the i in richtig as ee, as in Spanish and French.
Why do men's hearts beat faster, their knees get weak, their throats
become dry and they think irrationally when a woman wears leather
Because she smells like a new truck.
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