"1. You assume incorrectly that the reviewer of the volvo
engines and I as seeker of advice are the same person."
No, Chris. I clearly never made that assumption or suggestion.
Nor do I comment on linguistic perfection, except as it refers to the voice of the author. If I had three pages in front of me, one by Shakespeare, one by Hemmingway, and a third by Asimov, I could tell you instantly that even though all three were native English speakers, all three were different authors. That's three different "voices" and the differences are obvious. Pretty much any high school
graduate in any English-speaking country could tell you which author wrote which page. But I doubt many foreigners would get it right.
In the engine reviews
, it is equally obvious that there is something very similar about the three voices--bad English, and no native language posting
. That the English is imperfect does not matter--get over it. The fact is simply that the English is UNIFORMLY peculiar, suggesting there is something in common to all three authors, and perhaps askance in the reviews
Your literacy has not been questioned. The fact that the grammar error (the case mismatch that you call a disjunction) is one I've never come across in a native speaker, indicates to me that it comes from a non-native speaker. If that conclusion is incorrect, there's no reason to get in a huff about it. I still find it most peculiar that someone who throws out (appropriately or not) "disjunction" and "pedantic" can't keep track of singular versus plural. To a teacher, finding that in a student's paper would be a red flag to check for plagiarism. I'm used to seeing and ignoring the errors of dyslexia and other problems, but crossing singular and plural is extremely rare--for the native. And very common, for the non-native.
"When you hear hoofbeats, assume there are horses, not zebras."
Unless you live on the veldt.
Or as the late Chairman Mao said "Black cat, white cat, does not matter as long as it catches mice." Focus on the mice here, not imagining insults.
Four authors, all in odd voices. That's the mice. YOU are not the issue here, and no criticism was directed at you. I only pointed out that there is something in common to all the criticisms of the Volvo engine
, and that commonality makes it all suspect.