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Sean | 12:43 UK time, Monday, 30 July 2012

Dear Jinghua,

Another lovely post about friendship... and once again very little work for me to do as teacher, as you have made only a couple of minor errors in your English.

When you say 'everyone in the world' - this is a singular subject, so you have to match it with the singular verb 'has': so 'everyone has' rather than 'everyone have'.

You also talk about a diamond which you say 'despite through time', 'it's still shining in the dark'. You need a verb for the first part, so we would say something like 'despite being buried for a long time' or 'despite being hidden throughout time'... and then for the tense in the second part, we would use the present simple as it's something that is not just happening at the moment but again and again - so 'it still shines in the dark'.

I really like your use of language in evoking the meaning of friendship. It inspired me to look again for some relevant quotes. I hope you enjoy these:

Quotes About Friendship

"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
― C.S. Lewis

"Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
― Albert Camus

"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you."
― Elbert Hubbard

"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."
― Friedrich Nietzsche

"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate."
― Linda Grayson

"It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter."
― Marlene Dietrich

"A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow."
― William Shakespeare

I would love to read some more quotes about friendship. Why don't you all try and make up your own?

Here's mine to start you off -

"A good friend is someone you may not see for a long time, but when you do, it's like you were with them yesterday."

Finally, there's an expression in English that says a dog is 'man's best friend'... do you agree?!

A picture of a lovely dog, a cross between a husky and an German shepherd


  • Comment number 1.

    Hello Sean,

    Your blog is such a friendly one. Well, this expression about a dog as man's best friend is well known also here in Finland. Many of these expressions are quite global with some minor variations. When you say, like a duck to water. In Finland this same phrase is, like a fish to water. There is lot of same phrases around the world.

    About a dog as a man's best friend! Animals are very nice and I like all animals a lot. Pets are important for me too. I have two cats at home and I have noticed that pets are more intelligent than you ever can imagine. Even cats can tell you when a cat litter box is not clean and when they are hungry. And if cats want to play they can tell you that its time to take a catnip mouse and play with them. Pets are very clever and I'm very sure that pets have strong feelings too. They know when they miss someone and how it feels to feel pain.

    Well it's a dark night in Finland and it's time go to bed. Thank you all from your blogs.


    - Ompputhecat -

  • Comment number 2.

    Best friend for me is a person who ever stay beside me. because when I will have a problem, you will help me. nowadays is so hard meet true friends, because people only want money. I have some best friends as Marcos and Lidia and Weslley.

  • Comment number 3.

    thanks for this blog. in my vision, my point of view is, Best friend who feels what I feel when I can't express what I feel. Best friend who I always find him while I've being depressed of life or enjoying my time.

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello Sean, and thank you for your useful suggestions.
    I especially like your own quote about friendship. A friend of mine's helped me a lot of years ago. He helped me in a very important way for me but in a very hard way for him. Then for a long period of time, I've never gone to see him. I've been very rude to him ... But, after a lot of time, one day I went to find him and he welcomed me saying: "finally you came home !!". And I really felt myself at home. He is a real friend. He has also known my problems and he didn't judge me. And now he's happy every time we can stay together
    Best regards

  • Comment number 5.

    Dogs are one of the best pets in the world. And definitely they are called man's best friend. They protect you, the make you smile and they brighten your day after a hard day's work. They show that they love you by wagging their tales and jumping at you as you arrived from the door. Those are unconditional love that you receive from them, which I agree that they are man's best buddies in life.

  • Comment number 6.


    I'm really interested in your Idea of sharing things and then you correct the students if they commit mistakes, however I would love to be part of the team, where I can evaluate my self and check the mistakes that I might have while writting any thing. I will be pleased if I could know the way of sharing things with you?


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