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Do native speakers make mistakes?

asked 2020-03-04 05:28:50 -0500

HGL gravatar image

I've heard this quite a few times - that native speakers don't make mistakes using their language, and I am not sure I agree with this. For example, when someone uses a feminine noun with masculine adjective in a language where nouns and adjectives agree in number, case and gender - that's clearly a mistake. It sounds insane to me to claim that just because someone is a native speaker they can make no mistakes, because they have intuition about their language. How about the intuition of other native speakers? If I hear something in my native language that sounds wrong to me as a native speaker, whose intuition counts? I am not a prescriptivist, but I feel that this "native speakers make no mistakes" thing has gone too far in certain cases and justifies unjustifiable uses of language. What are your thoughts on this?

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answered 2020-06-30 16:34:58 -0500

Lana gravatar image

I totally agree with you. Being a native does not mean you make no mistakes, we are human and humans make mistakes no matter what and whose language they speak. It seems to me that "native speakers make no mistakes" is an orthodox belief that has no scientific basis or evidence whatsoever to worship native speaker teachers, especially those of English.

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