Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone! It’s funny to think that as I write this some of you will just be getting up and others will only be halfway through their day.
Thanks for all your comments, readers! I’ll try and write some replies in my next post. Meanwhile, let’s have a look at those sentences I asked you, Yumi – you’ve done really well correcting them (as have some of our readers). You have rewritten numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and almost 7 correctly. Here are some points to note about the other ones:
1*I asked friends how you think if my name were 'Yummy'. ?
Here we need to put in ‘would’ because it’s a conditional sentence talking about something that is not real and is relatively unlikely. Also, in this case it’s better to say ‘what’ instead of ‘how’ you think. So, the correct sentence would be:
I asked [my] friends what they would think if my name were ‘Yummy’.
2*I did not want to have the potato's name for myself!!!!!!!!
Like the other sentences, it’s very clear what you want to say here, but it’s better to use the phrasal verb ‘to name after’ which is what you said in your previous blog (that you were ‘named after your father’). So you could write:
I didn’t want to name myself after a potato!!!!!
7*I am very impressed to the comment from Yosuke san, who is the teacher in Junior high. (2 mistakes)
Here I made a little error – there are actually three mistakes! :-( There is one mistake with a preposition and two with an article. Have a look:
I am very impressed by the comment from Yosuke san, who is a teacher in a Junior High school
I added ‘school’ just to make it a bit clearer but it’s okay without it as well.
9*How do you use BBC website to learn English?
Ooh Yumi! This is what we looked at the other day…
How do you use the BBC website to learn English?
Don’t worry! I know articles are one of the hardest things to get your head round. So far we’ve only looked at the definite article - the – so I think it’s time we had a little exploration of the indefinite articles as I’ve noticed that you sometimes miss these out in your writing, Yumi. To do this, I’m going to take a little shortcut and ask you to go to this link and read through Jo’s fabulous explanation of the uses of articles (it’s under the photo of Scratchy the cat) before you do the little practice exercise below. When you’re ready, read through the paragraph and decide whether the numbers should be replaced by a, an, the or (because I’m a bit of a meanie) nothing at all! (also called the zero article - what a ridiculous language, we even have a name for something that doesn’t exist! Invisible grammar! Could it get any worse? :-)
Okey dokey, here we go:
Over here we’ve just had *1* nice relaxing day off work to celebrate India’s 60th Independence Day. In Delhi it is celebrated every year by *2* event at *3* Red Fort which is *4* huge old fort in *5* north of the city. *6* new president (*7* woman – hurrah!) did *8* speech although I haven’t yet heard what she said because we don’t have *9* TV. There is also usually *10* commemoration at *11* monument called ‘India Gate’ near *12* eternal flame which burns all day and all night to remember *13* soldiers who have died while fighting for *14* India. All *15* shops and markets all over *16* city are closed, which is very rare. There is also *17* big tradition of *18* kite-flying on independence day – people fly *19* kites while standing on their (flat!) roofs and try to knock each other’s kites out of *20* sky! It’s all very good-natured though.
Here’s a photo of Ed on his motorbike with India Gate in the background…
Okay, hope that’s not too difficult :-) Answers next time.
Definitions from last time – well done to everyone who got them right!:
To be sorted: to be fixed/okay again
There’s no denying [it]: you can’t say it isn’t true
Muggy: refers to the weather when it’s hot, sticky and humid. The air feels ‘heavy’ and you sweat easily.
Free range: this is when animals are given a lot of space to walk around in the open air, usually on grass. Most often used to talk about how chickens are farmed – the opposite is battery farming where the birds are kept in very small cages or packed in very closely next to each other :-(
Organic: this means as close to the natural state as possible. When used with regards to food, it means grown without any chemicals or fertilisers. For animals this also means that their food hasn’t had any chemicals added to it
Endangered: this means ‘in danger’ – if an animal is endangered it means that there is a possibility it might become extinct which is when there are no animals of that kind left in the whole world.
To not be the case: to not be true
Out and about: out of the house, doing things. It’s a nice general expression for when you’re doing lots of things during the day. ?
Scrumptious: very very delicious!?
To put your finger on something: to know exactly what is wrong with something, or different about it.
And today’s words…
To name after
To get your head round (something)
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