Prepositions and Paris!
Thanks for your latest blog Chrystel. It's obvious you love your home city of Paris. I enjoyed seeing your photos and it's made me think that I must visit the city again next year.
Thanks to everyone else for your comments and particularly Maria, who is new to the blog. Many of you sound busy getting ready for Christmas. Chystel's preparations all well underway. Much of her blog involved describing food and drink such as turkey and champagne. I will certainly be tucking in to lots of food at Christmas, especially the turkey. I am also a fan of sweet things so I'll be eating extra helpings of Christmas pudding and stollen cake.
Chrystel also mentioned watching a modern day performance of Cinderella. In the UK, Cinderella is one of many fairy tale stories that are performed at pantomimes. These are funny, silly and entertaining shows aimed at all the family and involve many traditions. Look at this link to find out more about pantomimes and hear a performance by the BBC Learning English team.
Anyway Chrystel, I enjoyed your blog but have a few comments that may help you with your English.
1. A reminder about capitalisation. As I mentioned in my earlier blog, names of people, places, unique events and nationalities need to begin with capital letters - such as Chinese, Prince Charming and Christmas.
2. You said "I am happy that some of you wish to come in Paris..." but you should say "I am happy that some of you wish to come to Paris...". In English we say we go to a place (to Paris), when we are there we are in the place (in Paris). These little words are called prepositions. They are small grammatical words that usually go before nouns and pronouns. Try my prepositions test at the end of the blog to practice.
3. A small thing but some of your French language is showing in your blog! You wrote the French 'vue' which in English is 'view'. Korean is spelt with a 'K' not 'C'. You also wrote 'ect' but did you mean to write 'etc', a short form of etcetera - who knows what this word means?
Most of you have been researching the islands that I posted a photo of. It was of the beautiful Isles of Scilly, which lie off the south west coast of the UK. They are a group of small islands (isles) known for their relatively warm climate and white sandy beaches. All though they are spelt Scilly you pronounce is 'silly' - even though there is nothing silly about this place! Tatiana correctly identified that the photo was taken from a helicopter!
Thanks for doing your homework and well done to most of you who got the correct answers.
I asked you to practice your present perfect. Here are the correct answers:
1. "I haven't read any good books for a long time."
b. for a long time
2. "Have you seen her recently?"
3. "We haven't gone to the cinema for a long time."
b. haven't gone
4. "Where's mum? She's just gone to the shops. She'll be back in five minutes."
Try out your prepositions: What is the correct preposition to use in these sentences? (Use: at, on, to, in)
1. Rob is travelling around the World and now he's _____ Sydney.
2. I met her ____ a concert.
3. I sent it ____ Paris yesterday.
4. He's very good ____ speaking French.
5. We may go for a walk but it depends ___ the weather.