ShuckingNotJiving wrote:Hmm, notice how I did say "I could be wrong about those oddities."
To answer your question, I have stepped foot in a research I institution (happened to attend one for UG), and I do see your point. However, I wouldn't go as far as to say that "foreign-born" automatically signifies inability to conjugate English verbs. That's quite the unfair assumption.
Good call. To be fair, I didn't say that foreign-born automatically signifies an inability to conjugate English verbs. And it would be an unfair assumption, if I had made it. But I realize that what I hastily had written could be interpreted that way. Allow me to rephrase: From my experience in career services at a large university, a large portion of the masters/ Ph.D. students in the hard sciences / mathematics are foreign-born students who have sub-fluent English skills, including inability to conjugate irregular verbs at a high success rate.