Beach holidays, the letter S and phrasal verbs
Hi Lito (and everyone else!)
I really enjoyed reading your first post and seeing those beautiful pictures of your country. I have never been to the Phillipines but it's definitely on my list.
I find it especially interesting that in Boracay international and local tourists enjoy the beaches side by side. Do these two groups of people always get on together?
It reminds me of a holiday I went on a few years ago to Thailand. One day, I spent the whole afternoon swimming in the beautiful waters and sunning myself with the other tourists. Time seemed to slow down as the afternoon stretched into evening. The sun began to set beautifully.
Sorry, no holiday images from Thailand. Just a coconut.
After a while, I realised I was the only person on the beach; all the other tourists had gone off to bars and restaurants.
But suddenly, a large group of local people arrived on the beach. I recognised some of them as
workers from my hotel. They waded into the water fully dressed. Some of them were using coconuts as floats, something I had never seen before. The air was filled with peals of laughter as they started splashing about and throwing the coconuts to one another.
Some places are a joy to visit but even better to live in.
I'm really looking forward to your next post, Lito.
Lito, I think you employed some beautiful language in your piece. I like the way you described the restaurants' food as 'mouth-watering'. This means the same as delicious but it's a more interesting, evocative word. It's so important, when you're learning a language, to try and use new words. Some learners are too loyal to the words they already know (words like 'delicious') so they never move from using the language in an efficient way to using it an expressive way.
Not only Filipinos are spending holidays in that place, it is also sprayed with people from west countries.
It might be better to say:
It's not just Filipinos that spend holidays here; it is sprinkled with people from the west too.
Try to be a little careful with verb conjugation. In particular, ask yourself whether the verb you are using needs an S or not. For regular verbs in English, you only need to add an S in the third person (i.e. for he, she and it).
Are you getting stressed from the office work? needs to chill out? Wants to be away from the Bosses for a couple of weeks?
You don't need the S after 'need' or 'want' here because these questions are in the second person (you).
Restaurants that serves mouth watering western and asian foods
It should be 'serve' because restaurants is in the sixth person (they).
We would also normally say 'food' because this word is generally uncountable; we say 'How much food do you want?' not 'How many foods do you want?'
However, you can actually use the plural 'foods' in this sentence, as you have done. Does anyone know why? Some of you might also have noticed this unusual use of the plural in my passage above:
I spent the whole afternoon swimming in the beautiful waters.
If you look at my passage above, you'll notice I have used a few phrasal verbs.
Do these two groups of people always get on together?
...all the other tourists had gone off to bars and restaurants.
...they started splashing about and throwing the coconuts to one another.
Phrasal verbs are difficult to learn because there are so many of them! Also, they can have surprising meanings, sometimes even double meanings. However, it is extremely important to get a handle on these verbs if you want your English to sound more natural.
So, who would like to try making these four sentences sound much more natural, using phrasal verbs? You will find this site helpful.
1. I was reared by my parents.
2. When people criticise her, she should defend herself.
3. I'm starting to become ill.
4. I said goodbye to Alice at the airport.
There may be more than one correct answer for each sentence, but I'll give you four example answers next week.
- it's on my list - It's on my to-do list, i,e, I want to do it / go there
- to sun oneself - to sunbathe, to enjoy the sunshine
- to wade - to walk in water
- side by side - together, in harmony
- A float - something you can hold to help you keep on the surface in water ('to float' is also a verb)
- peals of laughter - we can talk about a 'peal of bells,' which is the noise ringing bells make. Laughter can have a similar, happy sound.
- Evocative - bringing to mind an image, feeling or memory