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.
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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?
Clive Hi,I'm a Canadian native speaker of English.CliveHi Clive,
I would like to have a penfriend. If you have time free time. Can I drop one line to my personnal email in order I have you contact details to write to you (Email Removed). Many thanks in advance for your attention!
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