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I keep hearing "adult native English speakers do not commit errors in usage".

Do you agree with that "quote"?
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Only if "educated" is added in front, and even then errors can happen.
Let me quote from President Bush's speech:

"Rarely is the question asked, 'Is our children learning'?" ___ Florence, S.C. Jan. 11, 2000

"The illiteracy level of our children are appalling." ___ Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004

Emotion: smile
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Feebs11Only if "educated" is added in front, and even then errors can happen.
Your sentence seems contradictory.
AnonymousLet me quote from President Bush's speech:

"Rarely is the question asked, 'Is our children learning'?" ___ Florence, S.C. Jan. 11, 2000

"The illiteracy level of our children are appalling." ___ Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004

Emotion: smile

Would those forms be correct in GW's hometown/region/dialect?
Milky
Feebs11Only if "educated" is added in front, and even then errors can happen.
Your sentence seems contradictory.
Of course it is contradictory. Generally those people who are better educated will be more accurate in the way they use the language. But even the best-educated person can make a mistake. No-one can guarantee 100% accuracy in speaking because of the way in which body and brain interact.

As for the George Bush quotes - he is just one of the unfortunate people who cannot use words properly and is always making sematic mistakes. They are unique to him and nothing to do with where he comes from or was educated.
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Feebs11
Milky
Feebs11Only if "educated" is added in front, and even then errors can happen.
Your sentence seems contradictory.

Of course it is contradictory. Generally those people who are better educated will be more accurate in the way they use the language. But even the best-educated person can make a mistake. No-one can guarantee 100% accuracy in speaking because of the way in which body and brain interact.

As for the George Bush quotes - he is just one of the unfortunate people who cannot use words properly and is always making sematic mistakes. They are unique to him and nothing to do with where he comes from or was educated.
Many thanks for your reply. I agree with you on the impossibility of 100% accuracy thing.

I've never understood people who claim that native speakers do not commit errors.
Feebs11
No-one can guarantee 100% accuracy in speaking because of the way in which body and brain interact.


Dear Feebs11,

I've just got curious about what you said. Would you mind elaborating on your comment a little bit? Please .. ;-)
It's also the case that we speak differently to the way that we write. I know I make 'errors' in my speech, or at least use the local non-standard bits of English, but in serious writing I use standard English and of course have the opportunity to check for mistakes. You can't 'proof-listen' or correct your speech until too late. Sometimes I think 'Ugh! Did I really just say that?'
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