[etni] Fwd: Does grammar really matter?

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Subject: Does grammar really matter?

Following Jenifer's anecdote about one of her student's ingenuous question
whether native speakers actually apply grammar rules in their everyday
discourse, I was reminded of a survey conducted about 5 years ago in England
which discovered that only 3 percent of the native born population speak the
English of say, news announcers or high school literature teachers.
Vocabulary apart, one only has to watch a few British TV programmes to
realise that a large percentage of native British speakers make more grammar
mistakes than the average Israeli student!

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