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Liononthehunt Post time: 2017-11-13 11:57
You just jumped to the foreign quack teachers' defense without seeing my point.
The quacks can hard ...

I have always hated that expression ... "Western Countries". Western country is an expression which evolved from Soviet Russia, during the Cold War. It was all-inclusive of countries which did not follow the teachings of Marxism and Leninism. Any country which did not have a communist government was classified as a "Western Country". It was a propaganda tool. There are European countries, African countries, Middle-Eastern countries, South American countries, and Asia-Pacific countries. There is no such thing as a "Western Country".
It's hard to win an argument with a smart person. It's damned near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.

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Liononthehunt Post time: 2017-11-13 14:49
The rule you cited concerning the letter Y as the last letter of a verb is a general instruction,  ...
Similarly there are a number of words that doesn't follow the general rules ...


How about your use of the contracted form of the verb phrase "does not"?

Does not -> doesn't (singular verb phrase)
Do not -> don't (plural verb phrase)

"number of words" = plural subject phrase.

In accordance with subject/verb agreement rules, you should be using a plural verb with a plural subject, therefore, your sentence should read, "Similarly, there are a number of words that don't follow the general rules ...". Also, please note the addition of a comma after the adverb, "Similarly".

Oh, you only need to use, "and so on" ... not "and so on, and on". That's just poor grammatical form.
It's hard to win an argument with a smart person. It's damned near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.

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Liononthehunt Post time: 2017-11-12 11:07
I do see with you on this, and that's why so many quack foreign English teachers can survive in Ch ...

Mr. Rui More updates on Mr. Rui

  Three years had passed since we last saw Mr. Rui cheng-kang, the well-known news anchor who was reported to have fallen into disgrace. And he had recently made an unexpected and surreptitious appearance in the web world when what looked like a mug-shot of Mr. Rui started circulating in the internet. To the surprise of millions of Rui’s fans in China, the once glamorous youth iron is nowhere to be found. Instead, what they saw is a blurred photo of a haggard and middle-aged man with glasses and a shaved head. Is this guy really Mr. Rui? Surely one needs some imagination to make a connection between this gloomy looking jailbird and the charming news anchor in signature suits and ties cracking jokes with Bill Clinton or Tony Blair. Further information coming along with the shot indicates that Mr. Rui is currently serving a six-year sentence in a prison in Jilin province.

  Rui was said to be taken away by investigators in November 2014 following a nation wide ant-graft campaign. Shortly after Rui’s disappearing from public rumors have been spreading in the net world that Rui was arrested on espionage charges and could even face death penalty if convicted. Rui’s falling into disgrace had stirred up quite a ripple in the ocean of entertainment industry in China as he was long deemed a rising star. Further revealing may grant millions of Rui’s fans a relief that Rui’s actual offence is much less severe than previously expected. In fact, Rui was convicted of bribing and taking bribes when his own consulting firm had helped CCTV to recruit clients. Mr. Rui had allegedly received commissions from his employer, the CCTV, and its foreign clients for brokering interviews. As to the espionage charges no solid evidence has emerged so far to verify it. It is also rumored that Rui’s fall may have something to do with his close connections with some of the top-notch officials in China, most notably Ling Ji-hua and his wife. Ruis is rumored to have been a secret lover of Ling’s wife. Rumor like this has usually aroused enthusiasm among Chinese for whom sex and money are usually the heated topics in gossiping the downfall of a dignitary.
  Ever since Mr Rui’s conviction the place of his incarceration has been a keen subject of surmising among the Netizens. Some suspected that Ruis was locked up in the famous Qincheng prison. But further analysis by better informed Netizens quickly dismissed such a possibility on the grounds that Qincheng was a place reserved for high-rank officials. Apparently, Mr. Rui, a mere news anchor, no matter whatever the crime he might have committed, has not the right to book a room in the Qingcheng hotel. Mr. Rui’s whereabouts has not been confirmed until a mug shot emerged in the internet indicating that he is now a jailbird in a local prison in Jilin province.

  The last words we heard from Mr. Rui was a short message left in his personal blogg which went like this “ care less about what others say about you, let the rumor spread, time will clear up everything.” Mr. Rui’s downfall stirred up a mixed feeling among the observers who had dividend into both sympathizers and critics. Rui’s, with his suave appearance and a good command of English, was often viewed by many as both arrogant and snobbish. Many labeled him as a shrewd opportunist adept at exploiting the trend to serve for his own interests, especially when his misconducts had come to light. In essence, Rui, just like all the rascals working for the regime, is above all else a shameless and loyal running dog who is not hesitant to do his best to promote the causes of his master.

  Rui deserves what he got. Like all these corrupt officials, he has to be held responsible for what he had done. Rui is said to have nearly choked himself to death when a piece of chicken bone was found stuck in his throat. Mr. Rui was probably trying to come to a sense as to why he had ended up in a place like this while eating his dinner. While I am writing this report, Rui is probably working in prison making light bulbs. The rise and fall of Rui and his likes remind us of a famous Chinese proverb: “If you win, you might be a king or a nobleman, and if you fail, you might well become a bandit or a convict.”


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Post time 2017-11-13 15:52:46 |Display all floors
Liononthehunt Post time: 2017-11-13 14:49
The rule you cited concerning the letter Y as the last letter of a verb is a general instruction,  ...

Wrong there, you missed my point!  I know these rules, I don't 'trash' them,  just noting that Chinese teachers don't tell their students the exception to the rule, so they blindly follow the rule to the letter, and as I said, this common error even found its way into some grammar books in the popular bookstore, 'Book City'!  I am not blaming the grammar rule, just the Chinese teachers for teaching the rule without showing the exceptions.  
You obviously don't read very well; are you a native English speaker?  And, look at your errors that cmknight pointed out!

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Post time 2017-11-13 15:55:09 |Display all floors
cmknight Post time: 2017-11-13 15:01
How about your use of the contracted form of the verb phrase "does not"?

Does not -> doesn't (s ...

Forgive him for his ignorance!  Hope he is not an English teacher!

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Liononthehunt Post time: 2017-11-13 14:19
Far-fetched to pin this on the government, dude.

Pin it on you?

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Post time 2017-11-13 15:58:48 |Display all floors
Liononthehunt Post time: 2017-11-13 14:49
The rule you cited concerning the letter Y as the last letter of a verb is a general instruction,  ...

"Of course, there are a few exceptions, like fly, but words like that are few and far between. "

"few and far between" though they may be, the students should still be taught correctly!

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