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21 reasons why the English language can be difficult to learn
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Dave Greatrix  Identity Verified
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Jul 31, 2003

Reasons why the English language is so hard to learn:

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time
to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.

11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a storm sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail

18) After a number of injections my jaw got number.

19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?


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Yubing YANG
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David, It's too bad. Jul 31, 2003

Sorry I learnt it so many year. I'm thinking about changing my career in 60s, maybe I will be thinking about Dutch. Also suggesting you trying Chinese;)

[Edited at 2003-07-31 19:04]


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Robert Brousseau
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This one may be tough Jul 31, 2003

Though the hogs were thoroughly covered in mud, they ran through the rough opening to get to the trough.

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Valters Feists  Identity Verified
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22nd reason Aug 1, 2003

David Greatrix wrote:
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.


22) In order to feel safe and sound, she asked the doctor to sound her abdomen with ultrasound.
It sounded indeed easy since they both lived near a sound in which every fish had a sound.


About *soundness*, see also this topic:
http://www.proz.com/topic/13002


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Özden Arıkan  Identity Verified
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or maybe because Aug 1, 2003

it was too difficult to rein the heavy rain in Reynard's reign... (could it be that they chose to drain instead?)

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Robert Zawadzki  Identity Verified
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More Aug 1, 2003

- What is the time by your watch?
- Two to two. And by yours?
- Two to two, too.


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Andy Watkinson
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Golden Oldies Aug 1, 2003

I'll do it, even though the tough cough and hiccough plough me through.

That's determination for you!


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Valeria Verona  Identity Verified
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Great reasons! Aug 1, 2003

But I'm not convinced, guys... I still think English is not that difficult to learn, you know...
Cheers,
Valeria


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Robert Zawadzki  Identity Verified
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And one more venerable classic Aug 1, 2003

Ho much wood would the woodchuck cut, if the woodchuck could cut wood?

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invguy  Identity Verified
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What if we add punctuation to the equation :) Aug 1, 2003

Like:

Dear President Clinton,
I would like to compliment you, I can't. Stop thinking that you are one of the best presidents. We have had so many leaders. Go ahead and propose policies and then botch the job. We expect it from you. In years to come, I know we will have better results.

versus

Dear President Clinton,
I would like to compliment you. I can't stop thinking that you are one of the best presidents we have had. So many leaders go ahead and propose policies and then botch the job. We expect it. From you, in years to come. I know we will have better results.


And, of course, the brilliant punctuation riddle:

THAT THAT IS IS THAT THAT IS NOT IS NOT IS THAT IT IT IS

If someone doesn't know it - yep, you can put in punctuation marks so that it makes perfect sense.



Added: ========================

That, that is, is. That, that is not, is not. Is that it? It is.

Don't worry, Lorenzo, I've seen some three-liners (!) consisting of the same words (I mean, the same task - insert punctuation)... I don't think I could get them straight for the life of me...

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Sorry, Jack, I didn't see you had answered.




[Edited at 2003-08-05 23:10]

[Edited at 2003-08-05 23:11]


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Francesco Barbuto  Identity Verified
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If that difficult, then... Aug 3, 2003

Good, better, best
NEver, ever rest
'till your good is better
and your better best




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Lorenzo Lilli  Identity Verified
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???????? Aug 4, 2003

invguy wrote:


THAT THAT IS IS THAT THAT IS NOT IS NOT IS THAT IT IT IS



Sorry, I throw the towel)


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Two more Aug 5, 2003

See a couple more like this from me in http://www.proz.com/?sp=bb/viewtopic&post=68588#68588

The version of the woodchuck question which I know is:
"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"

That that is, is. That that is not, is not. Is that it? It is.

[Edited at 2003-08-05 11:15]


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John Jory  Identity Verified
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Not quite right Aug 10, 2003

rzawadzk wrote:

Ho much wood would the woodchuck cut, if the woodchuck could cut wood?


"How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a wodchuck could chuck wood?"


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xxxSVarley
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chuck it Aug 14, 2003

how much sump could a sump pump pump, if a sump pump could pump sump?

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