No matter how proficient the professors here are in English, they all seem to struggle with particles, especially ‘the’ and ‘a’.
I received an email from a professor today who is particularly guilty of abusing ‘the’
Subject: Proof read of the another paper
I attached another paper for your proof read.
Would you please review the paper by the next Monday (May/26)?
Another request came in with this headline
MS word file for checking grammers
That headline doesn’t bode to well for the quality of the paper, especially when he opens with:
So I had to say sorry about poor condition of the paper.
My name is XXX XXX who is the graduate student of EE.
My paper was revised at March. Another paper is prepared to be submitted to conferences.
I request for your revision to this paper.
However, while these are glaring errors, the meaning is not lost, and the papers tend to be understandable short of a few technical misunderstandings on my part and the occasional wtf moment. I’ve had a 90% success rate for getting these guys (and the occasional woman) published and into conferences! So, I get some nice response letters like this:
Thanks a lot for your great help.
BTW, the paper which you reviewed previously gas been accepted in the conference.Thanks again.