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Old 01-17-2014, 10:53 AM   #16
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Many posters here do not have English as their native language. They do their best to communicate using English, and usually better than most native English speakers would do in another language.
I totally agree. But I think those facts argue against, not for, your next statement:

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Disparaging the English usage of posters is not, IMO, a good thing.
If someone is not a native speaker of English and they communicate badly but successfully in English, I would avoid criticizing their use of English.

But if someone appears to be a native speaker of English communicating badly out of laziness and disrespect, they should be informed that many people who might have helped them will interpret that laziness and disrespect as indicating the question was not important to the person asking, so it certainly should not be important to the person answering.

Lazy disrespectful use of English may still be understandable by other native speakers of English. But as you said, a lot of posters (including experts) here are not native speakers of English. They may not know what "wanna" and "gimme" etc. mean and tools like free translation won't help with that.

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Old 01-17-2014, 02:36 PM   #17
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It can be difficult to tell, so I tend to err on the side of caution. My guess is that the OP is not a native English speaker.
 
Old 01-18-2014, 10:00 AM   #18
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the thread is solved so i guess it is ok for us to spill in to off topic discussion...

i personally am not a stickler for grammar (except for capitalizing first names -- people flip out if their names arent capital for some reason) so long as the intent of the communication is clear.

i think the opposite is more obnoxious. i have co-workers that capitalize every word for example...

but i think the point that google translate mite not pick up on local vernacular is important.

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