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An economics professor has said English speakers may be poorer because English grammar. Dr Keith Chen Yale University suggested that differences the tenses of the world's languages may explain why people some countries save more money than people other countries. He told people a presentation that the future tense English could actually make people believe the future is not important now. He said English speakers might think the future is separate the present, and that this may make people not think their future. He explained this could stop people saving money their retirement. He also suggested future tenses may make people smoke more and exercise less.

Professor Chen divided the grammar countries into two – those with a "strong future-time reference" and those with a weak reference. He explained: "If I wanted to explain an English-speaking colleague why I can't attend a meeting later today, I could not say 'I go to a seminar'. English grammar would [require] me to say 'I will go, am going, or have to go to a seminar'". He contrasted this "weak future-time reference" languages" that can express the same meaning future words like "will". Chen says speakers of these languages are those who save more money. He believes this could be because they do not separate the present time and future their grammar or real life.

 


 
 

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