A mouse and a man
What a tricky situation you found yourself in! Isn't it interesting that we can say that we don't like mice in general, but when faced with one in particular it's not quite so easy? Kirsti had a similar experience too which she mentioned in the comments of your last blog. Once we see a mouse as friendly, scared, brave or even blue-tailed or red-tailed it's a bit harder to think of it as a nuisance we need to get rid of, isn't it?
We had quite a long discussion in the BBC Learning English offices a while ago when we found evidence of little creatures making inroads into our biscuit selection. We talked and talked about what to do. Officially we had to inform the building supervisors, but unofficially ... well let's hear from Kaz, one of the producers here at BBC Learning English:
Kaz holding a mouse made by student blogger Anita
"We found a little mouse scurrying around the office, people were standing up looking worried and then I saw it run behind the rubbish bin. I picked up a plastic cup and a postcard and moved the bin to one side. I saw the little mouse looking up at me. With one swift movement, I placed the plastic cup over the mouse and slipped a postcard underneath. And there was the mouse looking and me, and me looking at it - I'm not sure if it was a boy or a girl mouse. I could feel the warmth of its little body though the postcard on the palm of my hand. The next problem was - what do I do with the mouse? By this stage, the mouse was quite happily grooming itself - cleaning its whiskers and scratching behinds its ears. It was a cold January day but that didn't stop me. I carried the little mouse out of Bush House down to the first piece of green ground that I know of nearby - Lincoln's Inn Fields - and I released the little creature into a flower bed. I fancy it blew me a little kiss before it scuttled off!"
But would he recommend using this technique again? "Most definitely. It's one of the best solutions for anyone who wants to humanely dispose of our little furry friends."
I thought today we'd look at some individual sentences from your latest blog - 12 in total. In each one, I'll give you two options - the original sentence you wrote and one other. Your task is to figure out which of the two options is correct. But here's the tricky bit, not all of your original sentences are wrong. I've included quite a few of yours that are perfectly fine, so there are a few red herrings you have to look our for! For each sentence, you should write out the complete correct sentence.
1. (a) When I have time next week I am willing to finish this book.
(b) When I have time next week, I am hoping to finish this book.
2. (a) I plan to go and stay at the temple for 3 or 4 nights.
(b) I have a plan to go to temple and lived there for 3-5 nights.
3 (a) I saw his eyes.
(b) I see his eyes.
4. (a) To make a Meditation and Yoga.
(b) To do meditation and yoga.
5 (a) He trapped.
(b) He was trapped.
6 (a) It likes the time to Detox my mind.
(b) I like to have the time to detox my mind.
7. (a) Our plan didn't work.
(b) For our plan we did not succeed.
8. (a) The mouse was so intelligent, that may be he could understand all secret plan.
(b) The mouse was so intelligent that he was able to understand all our secret plans.
9 (a) It's a long story.
(b) It's long story.
10. (a) Why did my angel have to laugh like this?
(b) Why my angle had to laugh like this?
11 (a) My heart beating I did not dare to move.
(b) My heart was beating but I didn't dare move.
12 (a) We celebrate late than other.
(b) We celebrate later than others.
13 (a) In the morning, I told mom what I had faced.
(b) In the morning, I told mom what I have been faced.
That's all for now.
get rid of - dispose of
making inroads into - starting to have a direct and noticeable effect (on something)
biscuit selection - different types of biscuits (usually sold together in one box or container)
scurrying - moving very quickly
swift - quick
palm of my hand - the front part of my hand
whiskers - long, stiff hairs growing on the face of a mouse (or cat or other mammal)
fancy - think
scuttled off - moved very quickly
red herrings - facts, ideas or subjects (or here, correct sentences) that take people's attention away from the central point being considered (here, trying to figure out which sentences are incorrect)