[color=#4000BF]Mod’s note–this was split from this thread.[/color]
Shame, that looked to be developing into a grammar scrap.
Of course, languages don’t evolve for the benefit of non-native speakers. There’s so much stupidity I have to drill into my students, 3rd person s has to come close to the top of my list, and the subtleties of some aspects of the language are hardly worth teaching as a non-native speaker is never going to get them. I guess English could easily be simplified but where do you stop? We might as well just speak Chinese.
On the plus side - it keeps us lot in work.