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Tennis Player's Adverb Problem

I find this quite annoying, e.g.,

'I played aggressive'

'I served terrible'

Etc, I hear tennis players do it all the time, even those who for whom English is a first language (like Murray.)

The above statements should read..

'I played aggressively'

'I played terribly'

Alternatively the first statement could read 'I played aggressive tennis'

This needs to stop, tennis pros, don't confuse adjectives with adverbs.

Good grief.
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Re: Tennis Player's Adverb Problem

They're athletes, it's obvious they aren't the brightest.
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Re: Tennis Player's Adverb Problem

True, but it isn't that difficult to learn really.

Also, fessing up to my own mistake, thread title should read

Tennis Players' Adverb Problem

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Re: Tennis Player's Adverb Problem

Considering not too many players have English as their first language I forgive them.

As a sidenote, English is in terms of correlation between pronounciation and spelling one of the least consequent languages around, and it's popularity comes down much to how you can make yourself understood with neglectable grammar.
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But what's really weird is when Federer,Djokovic and Nadal speak clearer english to umpires than to any interviewer.

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I can forgive players for whom English is not a first language, the others need to sort it out :-)
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Yeah, I have the same problem when I write or speak in French. I always use the adjective instead of the adverb.

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Re: Tennis Player's Adverb Problem

I know I don't know why they mix up their adverbs and adjectives, it comes naturally to me to get it correct, its kinda basic english.

I don't mind is non english speakers make the mistake because it is difficult for non natives.

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Re: Tennis Player's Adverb Problem

I think I've probably read that so many times I hadn't noticed that as being wrong. So true, though.
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I find this quite annoying, e.g.,

'I played aggressive'

'I served terrible'

Etc, I hear tennis players do it all the time, even those who for whom English is a first language (like Murray.)

The above statements should read..

'I played aggressively'

'I played terribly'

Alternatively the first statement could read 'I played aggressive tennis'

This needs to stop, tennis pros, don't confuse adjectives with adverbs.

Good grief.
I feel bad for people who make such basic errors.

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I know I don't know why they say it wrong, it comes naturally to me to get it correct, its kinda basic english.

I don't mind is non english speakers make the mistake because it is difficult for non natives.
"wrongly", please! Another example.

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Sorry that was a typo, upon reading that sentance aloud it did sound stupid.

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this has been a pet peev of mine for years.

clydey, good to see you expressing sympathy for the unfortunates rather than bemoaning your lack of ability to experience such basic emotions.
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this has been a pet peev of mine for years.

clydey, good to see you expressing sympathy for the unfortunates rather than bemoaning your lack of ability to experience such basic emotions.
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I like it when they do that.

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