How are you?
Thank you very much for your responses telling me about how you unwind.
Deepak - I like your idea of staying silent for one hour in the morning and the evening. It sounds like a simple and effective way to distress. Coincidentally, today is what we call Remembrance Day in the UK. We hold a two-minute silence in order to commemorate the people who died in the First World War.
Vito - I think your idea of just lying on the grass to forget about your troubles.
Bomsan - You are very lucky to have the mountains and sea on your doorstep. And shopping is a very popular way to unwind - we call it 'retail therapy'.
Beatriz, Guido + Leonid199rus - Swimming and physical exercise are great ways to recharge your batteries!
Max - It's great you enjoy learning English so much. Does anyone else study to unwind?
Others - thank you for sharing your comments!
The other piece of homework I set was to capitalise a paragraph in the appropriate places. The correct answer is:
"Hello. My name is Finn and I'm a producer with BBC Learning English. This Sunday I am going to a pub in south London called The Orchard to have a roast chicken lunch with my mother. I can't wait!"
Hello - capital letter as it is the first (and only word in the sentence)
My name is Finn - capital letter as it is a person's name. Specific people, places and organisations are known as 'proper nouns' and are capitlaised.
and I'm a producer with - the pronoun 'I' is always capitalised
BBC Learning English - BBC is an acronym, Learning English is the name of a specific organisation.
This Sunday I am going to a pub in - days of the week are capitalised (as are months - January, and holidays - Christmas, but not seasons - summer)
south London called - place names are proper nouns; 'south' here is an adjective, and is not capitalised. If it was a noun, 'the South', it would be capitalised. We see this when we talk about things like 'the West' (Europe, America...) and 'the East' (Asia).
The Orchard - both words are capitalised as both are part of the name of the business. If it was just called 'Orchard', the word 'the' would not appear before it.
to have a roast chicken lunch with my mother. I can't wait! - mother does not need a capital 'M' as it is not being used to replace her name. If I said, "I am going to lunch with Mum", it would need a capital letter, but "I am going to lunch with my mum" does not.
I hope this helps you learn some capitalisation rules. I will give you one more sentence to help you practise these and learn the others.
1) Please capitalise the following sentence:
my uncle is a professor of chinese at the university of edinburgh. students call him professor jones but I call him uncle steven. he spent a long time in the east studying buddhism.
2) Why not tell me about your weekend activities? Hope you can all unwind.
Have a good weekend!