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Old 05-15-2009   #1
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Okay....so I have a question about English grammar, I hope you can take some time to help me in here.

Which sentence is correct/preferable?

A: English and French are both spoken in Canada.

B: Both English and French are spoken in Canada.

My Japanese English teacher (Umm...she is a Japanese and she teaches English to Junior High School students. XD) told me that the correct one is B, but I say that it's A.

So, which one is correct? ^_^
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Old 05-15-2009   #2
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WOO CANADA~! <3

I think both are right grammatically. I think A sounds better though. But my sister says it's B.

...guess I didn't help much. >_<
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B definitely sounds more eloquent to my ears. However, both are grammatically correct. (Notice what I did there? I didn't even realise. :P)

I'd say B is more typical of written English and A is more typical of informal, spoken forms of English.
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Ooooooh~ Thanks An and Lyncheh for the replies! ^_^
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Old 05-16-2009   #5
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They're both, both are ~. All the same to me, but spoken tends to be more colloquial, and written a little more eloquent.. French has those annoying spoken and written differences too ._. Haven't found them in Japanese yet! *crosses fingers*

Then again, you'll have people who speak eloquently as well, so they would likely use the B form while speaking instead of the more common spoken way, A. I think it's pretty much up to the speaker as to which they prefer. Languages evolve so often, it's hard to keep up with the new fangled "grammatically correct". *sigh*

Somehow A makes me think there should be more to the sentence. A "but" or "furthermore" or something. This isn't a rule or absolutely anything like that, I think I'd just hear the A structure in a longer sentence rather than the B. Not a rule, just personal preference.


-is procrastinating on finishing Japanese homework so she doesn't have to move on to French- Don't mind my babble :3
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Old 05-18-2009   #6
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Definitely B sounds more proper, I suppose. But, yup, both are right. I should totally ask Mrs. Kuster, my fresh/soph English teacher. She'd probably give me a lecture on it.
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Old 06-25-2009   #7
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Hi! I have another question again. XD

So...yesterday on English class, Izawa-sensei told my classmates this phrase:

"I don't like Chinese food so much".

But inside my head, I thought that it should be "I don't like Chinese food THAT much".

Which is correct? XD
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To me they both sound correct, but the second one sounds better to me. The first one sounds like something someone that's not very good at english would say, while the second one sounds like something I would say. But then again, I'm just making this up as I go along so this isn't really trustable help.
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^ Agree with Callie. Although, I have a nagging feeling the 1st one isn't right at all. -shrug-
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I'd probably use so much unless there's an assumption or comparison made about how much I like it.

"Not so much" is a phrase used on its own, I guess I just apply that to longer sentences in the same way.
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