I think that was it, really.julie_lanteri wrote: Obviously, people suffering from dyslexia and such are going to struggle but to be honest, the most annoying posts for me are from people who express themselves in a very pedantic/patronising way and can't spell, have bad grammar etc. I'd like to go through the post with red pen and say "you can get down from your high horse now..."
Merlin - I take your point, but, I was assuming flower_hercules was a native English speaker as he/she identified as having a somerset accent (no reason why you wouldn't do that if it was your second language though, I suppose). And could of isn't actually a phonetic transcription of could've, or, it isn't with my accent (I don't know the phonetic sign for the vowel involved but it's different to 'o'). It's interesting that you think English is an easy language to learn, and you're right, nothing (or not much) is inflected so it all goes on word order, so you can fudge it for quite a while! (Not like something like Latin where you seem to have to know the whole bloody language and all the conjugations/ declensions before you can even produce a 2-word phrase!)