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June 12, 2006

Tackling English 'Blind Spots'

Mike Guest, Associate Professor of English at the Medical College of Miyazaki University, suggests that while many aspects of the English language are baffling to most Japanese students including articles, preposition usage etc. There are also 'blind spots' which profoundly affect communication and that these should not be neglected. Based on Guest's 17 years of experience, he has noted six regular blind spots that he hopes teachers will address. These include; General plurals, general pronouns, ditransitive verbs, cleft constructions, dummy subjects and past participles.
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