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Spelling is going down.
This means reading and writing are not taught well.
Word order and conjugation are going down.
English is suffering.
Here in America, we view English (American) as our primary language.
But we have people who refuse to speak it, living their whole life here having their kids translate for them.
But it's not just them. Native speakers slaughter the language as well.
"Me and my brother..."
"Me and my friend..."
"Me" is not a subjuct, "I" is.
You don't say, "Me am going to the store."
Take out the "and my ____" part for just a moment.
Laziness abounds.
I don't mind too much the abreviation of words, like u for you, c for see, r for are and our. But you better know the difference between are and our. You also better know how to properly abreviate words and phrases.
Biggest example: Your pretty!
ACK!
Her pretty what?
You aren't making a sentence there. You are trying to say, You are pretty, and if you are going to abreviate that, it is "you're." You-apostrophe-r-e.
And stop splitting infinitives!
What is an infinitive you ask?
An infinitive is the non-conjugated form of a verb. To sit, to stand, to work, to play, to be, to live, etc. Did you notice that they all have "to" in there? In English, that is basically the only way to determine if it is an infinitive, as the only place we really do any type of conjugation is in the third person singular (he, she, and it), and all we do is add an 's' to the end (typically).
So what does splitting an infinitive mean? The "to" must be next to the unconjugated verb when it is infinitve form. Negating an infinitive is done by putting the "not" in front of the infinitive, not between the "to" and the verb form.
The correct phrases would be:
not to sit, not to stand, not to work, not to play, not to be, not to live, etc.
So why are you saying, to not sit, to not stand...?
Once again, the "to" is connected to the verb form; it must be there, directly in front of it. Splitting it, or putting another word between the "to" and the verb is not proper English. Not only that, it just sounds bad.
And, one last bit of information, a verb in infinitive form is not a verb. It is a noun.
In the sentence, "I am going to learn to fly,"
"I" is the subject.
"am" is the verb, connected to "going" as an auxiliary verb.
Technically, "going" is a noun. In English, we combine the conjugated verb, to be, with another action verb in the -ing form to represent an action. In many other languages, while present and future tenses are the same, in English, we can tell you specific time frames by our choices of auxiliary verbs.
"to learn" is a noun. It is an infinitive form of a verb.
"to fly" is exactly the same, an infinitive form of a verb, thus a noun.
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