Working from home
Thanks for your latest post, and for answering everyone's questions. It sounds like you've had an interesting career - how did you move from social work to journalism? That's quite a jump. What is the 'society' section of the online newspaper that you edit - Lifestyle? Events? Or people? I am now imagining that you have a full and exciting social life as part of your job! Is online news popular in Kazakhstan? Has online news had an impact on people buying and reading newspapers offline?
I am not in the least bit surprised to discover that you enjoy creative writing, and that you are working on a film script. I wish you lots of luck with your endeavours. Is the photo of you writing taken at home or at your workplace? Do you work from home?
I work from home, and have done for a number of years now. Here is my workspace - with the uninspiring view of an interior cream wall:
It is in stark contrast to the views you have! What an amazing view you have from your balcony. I'm afraid that I don't get such an inspiring view when I take a breather. There is no balcony but we do have a small garden, so when I need to take a break - that's where you'll find me. Here is a picture of the garden taken today - it's a little overgrown, and you can see that we have a grey, overcast sky despite it being the height of summer.
Anyway, now let's take a look at the language of your last post. Again, you have used some expressions really naturally and well (the 'big screen' for example). You have a nice style.
More about articles
There are a few problems with the use of articles (although you've used them well in many places). There are some places where an article is missing. You need an article in these cases as they are all countable nouns. I've added them in brackets:
I could create (the) whole night!
The snow leopard is the symbol of Almaty city and (the) forthcoming Asian Olympic Games 2011
It's used for decorating (the) floor or walls in some houses.
It's (a) great art that usually passes from father to son.
'from father to son' is a set phrase that doesn't need an article (it's quite a complex subject!)
And there is one example where an article is included when it is isn't needed (in brackets) as the noun is uncountable:
Just five minutes - and you are in (a) peace and quiet in the mountains
Then there are some places where you've used the wrong article - maybe! Let's start with an interesting example from your post:
I'm an editor of the 'society' section
If you say I'm an editor the reader understands that there are probably more editors - you are one among others.
If you say I'm the editor the reader understands that there is only one editor - you!
So from what you have said, I think that there are more editors of the 'society' section - is that right? If not, if you are the only editor, then you need to say 'I'm the editor'
Here is another example:
I'm an editor of the 'society' section of one Internet edition
If you say 'one internet edition' then I understand that there is only one, and no more. I don't think you mean that, I think your online newspaper is regularly produced. So perhaps you mean: 'I'm the editor of the society section of the internet edition of...(the name of the paper)' OR 'I'm the editor of the society section of an internet (or online) newspaper'.
So here we use 'the' when we are referring to something specific (I work for the online version of the Times) and 'an' when we are referring to something that is not specific (I work for an online newspaper).
Here is another example from your post:
Now I'm working on the script
In this case, you would say 'I'm working on a script' because it's the first time you've mentioned your script - people don't know what script you mean. We say 'I'm working on the script' when we are referring to a script that has already been mentioned, or that we all know about.
Using articles in English can be tricky. Next time you write, just spend a few minutes looking at the articles. Are any articles missing before nouns? Should you use 'a' or 'the'?
I've also noticed a few mistakes with using the passive. Have a look at the following phrases (corrections follow the symbol >):
but it compensate with a day-off during the work week > but it is compensated with a day off during the working week (note that we say 'the working week')
For hundreds of years the golden eagle has been using for hunting > For hundreds of years the golden eagle has been used for hunting
Training of these birds is required high special skills > Training of these birds requires high special skills (you don't need the passive here) OR Special skills are required for the training of these birds (by the way, you could say 'specialist skills').
It known that every year the government allocates money for shooting wolves > It is known that...
Again, next time you write, check places where you use the passive.
Make and do
You asked about using 'make' and 'do'. I thought this could be today's task! There are some phrases that we use with 'make' and there are some phrases that we use with 'do' - there is no real reason why, it's just the way it is! So here are some expressions that use 'make' or 'do'. Can you divide them into two groups? Which phrases go with 'do'? And which phrases go with 'make'?
- the beds
- your best
- the cooking
- an effort
- an excuse
- a favour
- a fuss
- a job
- a mess
- a mistake
- a noise
- an offer
- a phone call
- a suggestion
Ok, I shall leave you with that task. Have a good weekend Marina, here the skies have now opened and it is raining.
lifestyle = the way a person lives their life
I am not in the least bit surprised = I am not surprised at all
endeavour = attempt to do something
uninspiring = not very exciting or interesting
in stark contrast = completely different
take a breather = have a rest
overgrown = covered with plants - an in need of cutting!
overcast = cloudy
the height of summer = when summer is at its peak (July/August)
spectacular = exciting
tricky = difficult
the skies have opened = it has started to rain