Forts and hippies
Hi Pravin (and everyone)
Thanks for your recommendation for my next visit to India. I'll certainly take it on board. I enjoy visiting old palaces, forts, temples and the like.
If I go to that area I will certainly swing by Goa. I'm curious to see it for myself, since I've heard mixed reports about it from friends who have been there. I heard that there is a 'hippy vibe' there, and depending on your tastes, you either love it or hate it... have you ever been to Goa, Pravin? What's your opinion?
On to the English lesson - I'm very impressed by your most excellent use of passives in this part of your blog:
...the great fort which was conquered by 'The Great Chattrapati Shivaji", previously those were ruled by Nijamshah.
I also like your use of 3 prepositional phrases to explain exactly where Murud Janjira fort is:
My favourite one is 'Murud Janjira' fort, located amidst the sea, not far from the beach (approximately 1 Km away from beach).
I particularly like your use of the preposition amidst, which has the same meaning as in the middle of. Murud Janjira fort sounds like a very unique place and well worth a visit!
Talking of prepositions, here are the answers to your prepositions homework:
a) We are all very interested (1) in finding out (2) about India.
b) English is often described (3) as an international language.
c) BBC Learning English is popular (4) with learners of English all over the world.
d) A lot of people are doing research (5) into the best way to learn English.
e) Adnan was introduced (6) to BBC Learning English (7) by his classmates.
f) Some people say that speaking good English requires a combination (8) of knowledge and confidence.
Well done to everyone who got mostly right answers! To answer a couple of your points Pravin, English speakers often use the phrase popular with. We don't say popular to. And yes, you can do research about something as well as into something.
And to answer a couple of questions and comments from our blogging community: Marco, try to think of elimination as a useful strategy in your English 'toolbox'. Essen, it's true to say that some of these phrases can be seen as examples of collocation.
And here is today's homework for you, Pravin and everyone. Have a look at this extract from Pravin's blog. There are a couple of teeny-weeny mistakes in it...
...do Visit, Coastal side of Maharashtra state, where you will find some of the great fort which was conquered by ''The Great Chattrapati Shivaji"
Can anyone help identify the mistakes and re-write it correctly?
Finally, I'd just like to say a quick hello to my mum (her name is Jenefer), who has joined our blogging community. Hello Mum!!
See you next time everyone,
take it on board - remember it and think about it when necessary
and the like - and similar things
swing by - visit when I am nearby
mixed reports - good opinions from some people and bad opinions from other people, about the same topic.
teeny-weeny - very small