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Autor:  Sonirve
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Data:  07/JUN/2008 9:06 PM
Assunto:  "a" little English?
 
Mensagem: 
1) "  Shouldn't you have written "He speaks a little English" instead?

2) Whenever it's suitable, I correct stds who say "you speak a very good English".  "

with 1) we'd say "He speaks little English" is tantamount to saying "he speaks virtually no English (at all)" whereas "He speaks  a  little English" is more like he's at beginner level

2): we agree with you and would also stick with "you speak very good English" - with the indefinite article 'a' we would come up with a phrase like "you speak a very strange variety of English" (not that anyone would ever need to say such a thing)


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
little alittle few a few  –  jéssica esli pimenta  06/JUN/2008, 9:09 PM
little alittle few a few  –  Márcio Farias  06/JUN/2008, 11:40 PM
little alittle few a few  –  Dale/CR  07/JUN/2008, 3:52 AM
"a" little English?  –  Jazz  07/JUN/2008, 7:32 PM
On speaking little English  –  Márcio Farias  07/JUN/2008, 8:06 PM
 "a" little English?  –  Sonirve  07/JUN/2008, 9:06 PM
sonirve  –  Johannes  08/JUN/2008, 6:02 AM
"a" little English?  –  Dale/CR  07/JUN/2008, 9:37 PM
"a" little English?  –  Dale/CR  07/JUN/2008, 9:37 PM
"a" little English?  –  Dale/CR  08/JUN/2008, 3:07 AM
"D" for dumb  –  Jazz  15/JUN/2008, 7:56 PM

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