Many English Speakers Don't Understand English
Study discovers shocking grammar deficiencies
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 11, 2010 8:43 AM CDT
Lots of native English speakers would flunk a grammar test.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Loads of native English speakers lack even a basic understanding of the language, according to a surprising new study from Northumbria University. The researchers gathered a group of adults, some of whom were postgraduates students, and some who had dropped out of school at age 16, and tested them on the meaning of a series of fairly simple sentences, like, "The soldier was hit by the sailor."

The post-graduates did fine, but the dropouts quickly began to make mistakes. Some performed no better than chance. The findings are groundbreaking, Science Daily explains. "Of course some people are more literate," one researcher says, but until now consensus has held that everyone has a basic, functional grasp of grammar. The findings could lead to changes in the wording of official notices, and in literacy education.

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Benji
Jul 12, 2010 2:30 AM CDT
im still a gooder picture drawerer
sailor86
Jul 11, 2010 11:06 AM CDT
Taggers get it. Just re-write the English language so it can be understood only by those of your kind.
sailor86
Jul 11, 2010 10:54 AM CDT
I love it when posters masse each other over syntax and grammatical dots and crosses.