Let me quote programmer once again:
programmer wrote:Sometimes I think that an average native speaker will probably make mistakes more often than somebody who studied a language. Many native speakers (of any language) don't care (or even don't know) about some rules while people learning the language will follow them. I can easily notice in it Polish and surely it's like that elsewhere.
Ok, what he meant (according to me), was this - A native speaker of any language who never formally studies the language but instead just learns it as he grows up listening to his parents, friends etc., will in general make more mistakes than a non-native speaker who formally studies the language along with all its rules and regulations. The non-native speaker will thus spend more time diligently learning and rigorously following the language's rules, probably 'cos he is more careful and doesn't want to make obvious mistakes. A native speaker on the other hand is more casual about his own mother-tongue and thus might make some small mistakes.
Now, since you happen to be a native speaker of German by your own admission, according to programmer's hypothesis you ought to be making more mistakes, in general, compared to a non-native speaker of German. Of course, this is not a hard and fast rule by any means, so your German may very well be perfect.
mk1995 wrote:That's a good point right there. In my class I'm pretty much the only one who writes/speaks German flawlessly 99.9% of the time.
Reading this quote, it seemed to me that you were comparing yourself with your classmates, who happened to be native Germans. Since you said they make mistakes and you not at all, I naturally assumed that according to programmer's hypothesis you were a non-native German as compared to your native classmates. I mean, why else would you agree with the rule, and then provide an example of yourself vs. your classmates, if not to prove that rule? One shouldn't agree with a rule and then provide an example that goes against that very rule!
Instead of agreeing 100% with the rule (which you did above), you should have instead said that the rule doesn't always hold true and that you're an exception to it. Something like:
That's a good point right there, though not always true. In my class I'm pretty much the only one who writes/speaks German flawlessly 99.9% of the time, despite the fact that we're all native German speakers.
Then people would have understood properly what exactly you were trying to say. Phew! Got it?
P.S. I agree, we really need a dedicated OT sub-forum for such trivial/miscellaneous/useless/"passing the time" sort of discussions!