24/7 Work Environment
HELLO FROM SAMANTHA
Thanks for the description of your work environment, it’s interesting to learn more about the life of a journalist! Your working environent can be described as 24/7, (twenty-four-seven) a word that has gained popularity from America, and means non-stop, twenty four hours a day, all hours. I wish I had a rolec thingy, it sounds like so much fun. (Great word, thingy, you must have picked that up in the office!). I thought teachers were probably the messiest colleagues one could have, as they are always rushing from one room to the next on the hour, with no spare time to tidy up. But now I know that journalists are messier, because there isn’t any old food lying around in my office! (But we do have some muddy old trainers under the desk of someone who runs in the park at lunchtime!).
Your written English is improving measurably day by day! You use some really good vocabulary in today’s entry, and excellent collocation. Today’s entry also contains very few mistakes in verb use, and you have made excellent use of linking words (on one hand, on the other hand / however / moreover / before / despite / now). I think one linking word is used incorrectly, though. When you write Despite the different views in the first paragraph, I think you really wanted to say As well as the different views because the sentence that follows describes an additional benefit of changing desks. Despite signals a drawback, limitation or contrasting idea.
The grammar point I’d like to draw your attention to is the position of adverbs. An adverb usually occurs very close to the verb it is acting on. Here is one of your sentences:
Dealing with news makes your days looks always different.
In this sentence, we should position always before the verb makes: The verb form here should be look, not looks, as the subject (your days) is plural.
Dealing with news always makes your days look different.
Another sentence with the same mistake is:
However, it can be sometimes frustrating not to be able to spend more than a day or two on a topic.
The adverb comes after the modal auxiliary (can) but before the main verb (be), so in this case, can sometimes be frustrating is the correct word order:
However, it can sometimes be frustrating not to be able to spend more than a day or two on a topic.
Keep up the good work, Juliette!
Task: work related vocabulary.
Do you know what the following words mean?
Send me your answers as comments!
Are the following experiences positive or negative?
1. If you encounter a glass ceiling, is this positive or negative?
2. If you are offered an increment, is this positive or negative?
3. If you have lots of perks with your job, is this positive or negative?
4. If you receive commission, is this positive or negative?
5. If you work in a challenging working environment, is this positive or negative?
6. If you experience sick building syndrome, is this positive or negative?
That’s all for now, good night everyone!
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
non-stop, all the time.
on the hour (phrase)
every hour, at two o'clock, three o'clock etc.
this means words that are frequently used together by native speakers ( work from a desk / follow the interview / give feedback). Good use of collocation by a non-native speaker is an indication of a high level of competence in a foreign language.
positive aspect / advantage.
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