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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    There are far more students and alumni that do not use TSR than that do. Also I can assure you the English language requirements for e.g. international students are...pretty low. While it's a much fabled institution, it is fundamentally a research university and they care more about an individuals ability to conduct world class research (or perhaps, become a world class researcher, or at least a rich banker who will donate to their college) than their language skills, in general.

    Unfortunately those people who use this website are the exception that prove the rule. (also those who have a better command of the English language, regardless of whether it is their mother tongue or not, are more likely to post prolifically on an online forum than those who do not so there is a degree of self selection biasing that sample)
    The OP is a native speaker, educated in this country. The fact that he can't write his own language properly is unlikely to help his cause in a highly competitive admissions process, that was my point.

    And whilst it is true that there may be some non native speakers in research positions I bet they speak and write their own language perfectly well. And many probaby write English better than him too...
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    (Original post by astutehirstute)
    The OP is a native speaker, educated in this country. The fact that he can't write his own language properly is unlikely to help his cause in a highly competitive admissions process, that was my point.

    And whilst it is true that there may be some non native speakers in research positions I bet they speak and write their own language perfectly well. And many probaby write English better than him too...
    I assure you, as someone that has to talk to and receive emails from these people on a regular basis, you would be very surprised.
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    (Original post by joseph9299)
    `I currently in year 12 and im worried about my business studies grade , im doing Maths chemistry, business and psychology privately - will getting like AAAE - Stop me from going uni if their requirements is AAA. and do unis make offer on four subjects or three?
    Joseph did you do edexcel's new spec business AS papers? First paper was disgusting. Second paper a little better
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    I assure you, as someone that has to talk to and receive emails from these people on a regular basis, you would be very surprised.
    I would be very surprised, that is true.

    In what capacity do you communicate with all these worthies? Are you talking about full fellows of a College the OP will be applying to? The people who would actually make the admission decision?
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    (Original post by astutehirstute)
    I would be very surprised, that is true.

    In what capacity do you communicate with all these worthies? Are you talking about full fellows of a College the OP will be applying to? The people who would actually make the admission decision?
    In order: that's not relevant to either this discussion or yourself (and can be no doubt determined by any without further comment here anyway), yes, and yes.

    Technical knowledge of English grammar is not a prerequisite to study at an elite institution - an openness to learning and dedication to their subject, as well as strong background in relevant subject areas is all that is needed.
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    In order: that's not relevant to either this discussion or yourself (and can be no doubt determined by any without further comment here anyway), yes, and yes.

    Technical knowledge of English grammar is not a prerequisite to study at an elite institution - an openness to learning and dedication to their subject, as well as strong background in relevant subject areas is all that is needed.
    Ha ha ha!

    I thought all along that it was highly unlikely that many Cambridge Admissions Tutors wouldn't recognise the incorrect use of an adverb, and you have just confirmed you have no evidence to the contrary!
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    (Original post by astutehirstute)
    Ha ha ha!

    I thought all along that it was highly unlikely that many Cambridge Admissions Tutors wouldn't recognise the incorrect use of an adverb, and you have just confirmed you have no evidence to the contrary!
    Don't worry about it, it'll never be relevant to you anyway.
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    (Original post by artful_lounger)
    Don't worry about it, it'll never be relevant to you anyway.
    True, I graduated from Oxbridge some time ago. I couldn't care less what goes on there any more, although I do give my old college a few quid every month. Goodness knows why, they are rolling in money. :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by astutehirstute)
    All of the Oxbridge students and alumni I encounter on here write according to the basic grammatical rules, (even if they don't know what they are called) ; I doubt that their Dons are less literate.

    I agree that there can be a striking absence of common sense, however. On that we are in accordance.
    There are plenty of current Cambridge students on TSR with an, er, relaxed view of English grammar, especially if they aren't doing humanities.

    It's a post on an online forum, not a crafted personal statement.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    There are plenty of current Cambridge students on TSR with an, er, relaxed view of English grammar, especially if they aren't doing humanities.

    It's a post on an online forum, not a crafted personal statement.
    Interesting that this doesn't include you.
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    (Original post by astutehirstute)
    Interesting that this doesn't include you.
    I'm not a prospective, current or prior Tab.
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    i want to do mechanical engineering aand my predicted grades are AAAD. With A's Maths physics and economics and a E in sociology. The entry requirement is AAA - Will i be rejected because i got an E predicted for a subject despite me meeting the offfer. And the E is not even releveant to my course. And i am taking economics privately - will i be disadvantaged because of this?
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    i meant AAAE predicted
    (Original post by joseph9299)
    i want to do mechanical engineering aand my predicted grades are AAAD. With A's Maths physics and economics and a E in sociology. The entry requirement is AAA - Will i be rejected because i got an E predicted for a subject despite me meeting the offfer. And the E is not even releveant to my course. And i am taking economics privately - will i be disadvantaged because of this?
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    (Original post by joseph9299)
    i want to do mechanical engineering aand my predicted grades are AAAD. With A's Maths physics and economics and a E in sociology. The entry requirement is AAA - Will i be rejected because i got an E predicted for a subject despite me meeting the offfer. And the E is not even releveant to my course. And i am taking economics privately - will i be disadvantaged because of this?
    (Original post by joseph9299)
    i meant AAAE predicted
    Sociology won't matter.

    And doing economics won't advantage you either.

    What are your other subjects?

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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Sociology won't matter.

    And doing economics won't advantage you either.

    What are your other subjects?

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    Maths and Physics. And economics does matter for me - as thats my third A predicted.
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    (Original post by joseph9299)
    `I currently in year 12 and im worried about my business studies grade , im doing Maths chemistry, business and psychology privately - will getting like AAAE - Stop me from going uni if their requirements is AAA. and do unis make offer on four subjects or three?
    Drop one subject
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    (Original post by joseph9299)
    The courses im looking to apply is chemical engineering or maybe eco degrree
    You're worried about business studies grade and want to do econ? Lol, business studies is a "soft" A level. If you don't like that, you probably won't like econ. If you're on an A in maths, should be fine for engineering.
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    (Original post by joseph9299)
    Maths and Physics. And economics does matter for me - as thats my third A predicted.
    You'd do better self-teaching FM than Economics.
 
 
 
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