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    Question to native English speakers

    Post  ützel on Fri May 04, 2012 6:09 pm

    Is the expression phenomenon (pl. phenomena) s.th. a native English speaker is usually familiar with?

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    Re: Question to native English speakers

    Post  Debinapril on Fri May 04, 2012 6:31 pm

    ützel wrote:Is the expression phenomenon (pl. phenomena) s.th. a native English speaker is usually familiar with?

    Of course, why do you ask?

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    Re: Question to native English speakers

    Post  ützel on Fri May 04, 2012 6:37 pm

    Because somebody who is definetely a native speaker did not understand the word. Maybe a child. Was just double checking because my English is not that good either. Thanks for the clarification.

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    Re: Question to native English speakers

    Post  Admin on Sat May 05, 2012 1:14 pm

    I use the word all the time. Sometimes, I use the incorrect pluralization of 'phenonmenons' here because I believe non-native speakers understand that better. English has too many inconsistencies.

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    Re: Question to native English speakers

    Post  LaneyK on Sat May 05, 2012 5:15 pm

    I now have the LL Cool J song stuck in my head

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    Re: Question to native English speakers

    Post  LaVentosa on Thu May 10, 2012 7:37 am

    Admin wrote:I use the word all the time. Sometimes, I use the incorrect pluralization of 'phenonmenons' here because I believe non-native speakers understand that better. English has too many inconsistencies.

    as a non-native speaker myself, I strongly resent using "wrong" words, just to make it easier on us. Very Happy
    Don't. You don't have to correct our postings, of course, as we are all "just playing" here, but I don't see a reason to bastardize a perfectly nice language Smile We keep learning that way... Idea

    (although.... it's a little like "spagettis" instead of "spagetti", or "pizzas" instead of "pizze". I don't like it, but some words just get sucked up in the language pool, even if it is the wrong Plural form...*shrug*)
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