My friend recently said this and it just sounded wrong to me, but I don't know why:

"Despite having grown up inside of Ohio, he's a guy who has one of the worst English I've ever met inside of my life."

It would be very funny and ironic if he were using English wrong here, but I've tried looking it up and I don't see any rules regarding "inside of my life" vs "in my life" or "inside of Ohio" vs "in Ohio".

"One of the worst English" sounds a little funny, but I'm pretty sure it's correct.

  • Sounds like your friend needs a little time in Ohio himself.
    – Xanne
    Oct 19, 2017 at 20:05
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    has one of the worst English might be the reddest flag here...
    – Drew
    Oct 20, 2017 at 0:56
  • Yeah, I missed that one myself :( I'm still learning! "You must unlearn what you have learned." - Yoda
    – Steven Choi
    Oct 20, 2017 at 22:55

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"Inside of (a state)" is correct and often used. "Inside of my life" is technically correct but an uncommon usage. Normally we would say "in my life".

The incorrect grammar in that sentence is the phrase "One of the worst English". "of the worst English" is plural so the word that it is modifying should also be plural. A possible correction would be: "some of the worst English".

  • Neither of those is idiomatic in my dialect or any North American dialect I've heard of. I'm curious what dialect of English you speak? Oct 19, 2017 at 23:11
  • United States, whatever dialect is most common, I think? I'm from Northern California, but my friend is kind of from a "skater" background, so that might have contributed :) We're both Korean-Americans, and I hadn't heard these phrases either until he used them recently. I get the feeling he just spends a lot of time around people who are worse in grammar than he is, whether they have an accent or not.
    – Steven Choi
    Oct 20, 2017 at 4:17

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