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People in the Pasta - the Terminal 'A' problem.
The Chinese language has no words at all that end in a hard consonant,
like 'd' or 't'. So the tendency for Chinese students of English
is to add an 'a' and soften the sound. Thus "last Spring" becomes
"lasta Spring" and "past" becomes "pasta".
I'm hoping this kind of connection will make them more careful about adding that terminal 'a' to words.
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