Hello! Nice to catch up with you! You sound incredibly busy, so I appreciate the time you took out to send in your blog. Your job must be very demanding: do you travel around the whole of Ethiopia? How many people are on your project team? Can you tell us a little more about the HIV prevention programme itself? Do you use English in your work, by any chance?
I see that you have used “blog” as a noun and a verb in your opening sentence, but unfortunately you have mixed up the middle letters. I think this may just be a typing error though. I found out the other day on the BBC Learning English site that “blog” is made from the words “web” and “log”. Web, of course, means the world wide web, and log means record or diary. So the two words merged into one. Despite being so busy, you have used some really great vocabulary: up-to-standard services, non-governmental organisations, technical capacity assessment: wow! (Notice the hyphens - - - I have added). Did you know that non-governmental organisations are also known as NGOs? I think you must type very quickly, as some of your sentences are very l-o-n-g, almost like elastic! (Your opening sentence, for example). In your next entry, focus on writing one main idea in each sentence. Next week, we will look at linking your sentences together logically in a paragraph.
Congratulations to everyone who sent in the full version of the sentence from “Ellipsis”!!! Give yourself full-marks if you had something like this:
I’m still teaching international students, who mainly come from Asia and Europe
I’m still teaching international students, who are mainly from Asia and Europe
I should have know this question was too easy for you, afterall, you are all veterans, and I'm the new one! So what’s going on? Are we allowed to write a sentence like my original one I’m still teaching international students, mainly from Asia and Europe? The answer to this question, is of course, “yes” as many of you may already know. I can see that some of you checked your dictionaries to look up ellipsis! Ellipsis refers to words which are omitted from a sentence. So you see, words can go missing in grammar as well as in cyberspace! However, with grammatical ellipsis, you can understand the meaning of the sentence because of the context (the rest of the information included in the sentence). I wish it were as easy in cyberspace!
We often use ellipsis in conversation (a) because we are lazy, and we can use fewer words, and (b) because the pace of the conversation would be slow and tedious if we included every single word. So what about ellipsis in writing? Well, ellipsis is featured in professional and academic writing, and it makes your writing style punchy and sophisticated.
In this entry, I have marked ten verbs in bold. Can you tell me (i) the name for this group of verbs and (ii) why we use them? Send in your comments to the site, answers tomorrow!
I hope your son is feeling better, now Hyoshil. By the way, he banged his mouth not his mouse!
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
catch up with someone (phrase)
To have news from someone about their life, person-to-person, or by phone, e mail or text!
up-to-standard services (noun)
This means services that are of a certain quality, or services that meet specific regulations.
non-governmental organisations (noun)
These organisations may be charities or community based projects run by volunteers. NGOs are run independently of governments.
technical capacity assessment (noun)
Perhaps Lemlem can correct me if I am wrong! As I understand this noun, it means an audit or check of the technical resources available.
This word is used to describe words that have been omitted from a sentence. The sentence still has meaning, and other people can understand it.
The world wide web, the internet.
Background information that we use to understand something.
Boring, irritating, drawn-out.
Using a style that is sharp, effective and interesting.
Clever and stylish.
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