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

Professor Chen [divided / division] the grammar of countries into two – those with a "strong future-time reference" and those with a [week / weak] reference. He explained: "If I wanted to [explanation / explain] to an English-speaking [college / colleague] why I can't attend a meeting [later / earlier] today, I could not say 'I go to a seminar'. English grammar [shall / would] require me to say 'I will [going / go] , am going, or have to go to a seminar'". He contrasted this with "weak future-time reference" languages" that can [express / expression] the same meaning without future words like "will". Chen says speakers of these languages are [them / those] who save more money. He believes this could be because they do not separate the present time and future in their grammar or in [really / real] life.

 


 
 

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