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I googled the two terms, and found that both are used in books. I recalled back in school one expression was considered "wrong" or "chinglish", but now I do not know which is which. Can anyone help break down the analysis of which is correct and why the other is wrong ? Thanks a ton.
Here is the reason:
A person who speaks English is an English speaker.
The person (the English speaker) is speaking English in a native manner.
Native modifies "English" and not the person (speaker). A native person is someone who is living in the place where they were born, or the original inhabitants of a country (native Americans were called Indians)
Thus, the correct sequence is native (which modifies) English (which modifies) speaker.
You can also specify the language this way::
Are you a native speaker of Chinese?
Anonymous:I'd say you can use either, but "native English speaker" is marginally more logical and definitely more commonly used, so I'd go for that... however, since "native speaker of English" is also correct (as has been pointed out), "English native speaker" is not wrong.
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