More about articles
This is in reply to Marina's latest post
Thanks once again for completing your last task so promptly, and for making good on your promise to tell us all about your native town (notice how 'make good' is used here!)
You tell us about the languages in your family - do your parents also speak other languages, Korean for example? And so you speak Russian and English - do you speak any other languages? Are Russian and Kazakh spoken equally, or are there parts of the county where one or the other is more widely spoken? What languages are taught in schools?
The photos you have included in your post are great, especially the photos of your grandparents and your uncle. How do you feel walking down a street that is named after a member of your family? Lots of questions!
I am afraid that today's post will be short as I am about to go away for a couple of days - but I will reply at greater length on my return! I am off to Bath, a Georgian city not far from here which is famous for its hot springs. Things to see include Roman baths and a spa. You can find out more about it on the Visit Bath website:
Before I go I will just comment on some of the language used in your last post. Note the mistakes below:
Am I right saying > Am I right in saying...
In the same time > At the same time...
The most of houses are belong to Soviet architecture period > Most of the houses belong to the Soviet period of architecture
Later Zhezkazgan copper deposit was recognized the biggest one in USSR > Later the Zhezkazgan copper deposit was recognized as the biggest one in the USSR
There are two monuments in Zhezkazgan that dedicated to the first space flight of Yuri Gagarin > There are two monuments in Zhezkazgan that are dedicated to the first space flight of Yuri Gagarin (again, be careful when you use the passive...)
The majority of the errors in your text are with articles.
These expressions don't use an article:
After the World War II (1941-1945) my ancestors came to build the industrial settlement > After World War II (1941-1945) my ancestors came to build the industrial settlement (we don't use an article when we say World War 11)
One of the Zhezkazgan streets is named in an honor of my uncle Victor Taraday > One of the Zhezkazgan streets is named in honor of my uncle Victor Taraday (we say 'in honour of...' - it is a set expression that just doesn't use an article)
I think that maybe this sentence was a slip - you need an article for the countable noun 'figure':
Alasha Khan was well-known historical figure > Alasha Khan was a well-known historical figure
There are a couple of problems with using 'a/the' when referring to specific/non-specific nouns:
Kazakhstan was the part of Russia for almost 260 years > Kazakhstan was a part of Russia for almost 260 years (we need to use 'a' here as there were other parts too. If you say 'the part' then it means that there was only one part)
In the same time the group of soviet geologists was studying the territory > At the same time a group of Soviet geologists was studying the territory (we need to say 'a' here because if you say 'the' it means that there was only one group of Soviet geologists)
By the end of 1954 almost 30,000 people had been living there and later the settlement officially became the city > By the end of 1954 almost 30,000 people had been living there and later the settlement officially became a city (there are lots of cities!)
I am not setting a written task today. Instead, perhaps it would be useful to look at the use of articles especially using 'a' and 'the' as homework. Have a look at these links:
That's it from me today, I will write again soon.
promptly = quickly
Georgian = belonging to the period when Kings George I, II and III ruled Britain (1714 to 1811)
springs = a place where water comes out of the ground
spa = a town where water comes out of the ground - people drink or bathe in the water to improve their health