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HELLO FROM SAMANTHA
Good evening Lidia, and Good Evening or Good Morning to our World Service friends and virtual students around the globe! It has been another lovely spring day here, the sky has been bright blue all day and it has lightened and brightened my mood. I hope you all enjoyed Tuesday, whatever the weather where you live!
Thanks for part 2 of your blog, Lidia, and thanks for giving us more information about yourself! It sounds really interesting to meet so many different people all of the time. You tell us that your company is one of the biggest in Moscow, is it a trading company? I’m not sure what line of work you are in. One thing is for sure, you must be busy keeping up with contacts all over Europe as well as in Moscow! What kind of exhibition are you organising? I love exhibitions! By the way, I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures! Thank you for all of your efforts. Please continue to tell us about your life and work in Moscow.
Well, I can see a change in your sentence structure already, so, well done! Your sentence structure is more accurate and you have divided your text into paragraphs again. You’ve already made a great start!
Can I look at uncountable nouns for a moment? These are nouns that are impossible for us to count or quantify, like happiness, sadness, pleasure, information, education, people. These nouns often don’t take an article (the/a)*. In these examples (taken from Tuesday’s blog), no article is necessary because the nouns are being used in a general sense:
I missed my blog’s team and with [a] pleasure I opened this site [paragraph 1]
I got [the] answers from different countries [paragraph 1]
It would be a very useful time for getting [a] new experience [paragraph 4]
The other language point I would like to look at is the use of thank and thank you.
i. To thank is a verb, and if we want to pass on our thanks, we say “I would like to thank you for the wonderful dinner”, or “I would like to thank all of you for coming to the exhibition”. Thank does not need a preposition (to), it takes a direct object (you/all of you).
ii.The noun form of this word is thanks. In this case, where we are using the noun, we would say “I would like to pass on my thanks for the wonderful dinner”, or “I would like to express my thanks to all of you for coming to the exhibition”.
iii. Finally, thank you is also a set phrase or interjection. So we can say, “I would like to say thank you for the dinner”, or “I would like to say thank you to all of you for coming to the exhibition”.
I will have to end this here, but before I do, I must let you know that the traffic in Moscow is crazy, not creasy!
I’m looking forward to your next blog,
* I wrote that uncountable nouns often don’t take an article. There are exceptions to this rule however. Look at these sentences:
i. Eating chocolates is a pleasure I would find difficult to give up.
ii. He gave me the answers I needed.
iii. I was so lucky to have an experience that would change my life for ever.
Why do these uncountable nouns (all taken from Lidia’s blog) need the article (a/the/an) in these examples?
USEFUL WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS
line of work (phrase)
type / kind of work
keep up with someone (phrase)
to stay in touch with someone
person you meet through/for business
careful, without errors
uncountable nouns (noun)
nouns that cannot be counted (feelings/general concepts/ideas/theories)
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