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Eglish speakers help me to figure out! - independant from or independant of? (May/08/2007 )

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I have to agree with the majority. I would go with "independent of".

English is not my firts language either. I rarely see grammatical debates in english, it sounds funny! tongue.gif


The thing is, people who have learned English formally as a second or third language are probably the better judges of what's right! A native speaker (like me) generally hasn't learned many of the "rules" and just go by what sounds and looks right. Most of the grammar I learned in school had to do with punctuation, not usage . . . smile.gif


I'm not only a native speaker but actually have a degree in English (don't ask) and I'm going to vote with the "independent of" crowd.

I can't justify it, but it just sounds right. I'll have to dig up some of my old grammar textbooks and figure it out.


thank you everyone! i give up, i will put independant of. wink.gif


Kathy, please correct the spelling of 'independent' also wink.gif


QUOTE (Nabin @ May 9 2007, 07:15 PM)
Kathy, please correct the spelling of 'independent' also wink.gif

blush.gif i score 0 in spelling. actually my mozilla browzer dictionary corrects all the spelling for me. but most of the time i just ignore red lines under the words ph34r.gif


Sometimes I did the same mistake too. looks right for me too for independant. biggrin.gif


Not a native speaker as well. Here goes a shot...

"Independent of" gives a meaning to "independent" as being "FREE FROM THE influence/control/judgement etc".
E.g. Country B is financially independent (free from the helping hands) of Country A


"Independent from" gives a meaning to "independent" as being "FREE" (full stop)
E.g. Country B is independent (free) from country A or
Public voting should be independent (free) from money politics.

Now I'm confused... haha

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