Minsk is a person. What sort of person?
A lovely blog post about Minsk. After reading it, I feel like Minsk is a person.
Your relationship with Minsk started when you were studying to go to university. You said you were 'dreaming to become a student' and you also said 'I dreamt to become a ballet dancer.' We actually always use dream + of + -ing (which is called a gerund, if you want to look it up in a grammar book). It's just a rule. I don't know why
You used another example: you said 'I like the possibility to see b&w films,' and we would say 'the possibility of seeing.' Or even better for you here, you could say 'I like to be able to see black and white films'
Of + ing (gerund) - some more examples
- Dream of doing
- The possibility of doing
- To be tired of doing (I'm tired of standing here!)
- The cost of doing (The cost of finishing the project is too high)
- A way of doing (Is there another way of doing that?)
Mainstream or alternative?You obviously love cinema, and you've given us some good film-related words and phrases. You don't really like mainstream films, commercial films. You prefer art-house cinema. Which we could also perhaps call alternative cinema. These words are very useful for describing music and theatre as well, although 'art-house' as a word is only used to talk about films.
It sounds like cinema and theatre are very cheap in Belarus. And you say 'often the better is a film the better is price.' In English we use this: the .... the... :
- The better the film, the better the price.
- The more you pay, the better the clothes.
- The bigger the better.
I'm a cinema fan, and I think I really would like it Minsk!
Who hates anything and something?
They're really strange and difficult to use in English, learners often make mistakes with these words. There are exceptions to the rule, but the rule is: We use anything in questions and negative sentences, and something in positive sentences: so we wouldn't say 'we have anything special to watch every week there' we would say 'We have something special to watch.'
- Do you have anything special to watch?
- We don't have anything special to watch :-(
- We have something special to watch :-)
Minsk or Mensk?
Tell us more about the name Minsk or Mensk - how is its name affected by politics?
I'm sure the others will agree it's wonderful to hear about the character of Minsk. The word which you feel sums up the city of Minsk is 'rules' because it's very proper and correct, and because wherever you look, you see straight lines.
Which word would I use to describe Hastings (the town where I live)? It's got a rather special character: stubborn and individual. It's a tourist town, where shop-keepers close at lunchtime on Saturdays, and during the week, because I suppose they can, and they have other things to do. I find it annoying ...and I like it!
So for Hastings... stubborn.
Which word would everyone else choose, to describe their own town or village?