Home sweet home
We’re back home now and it occurred to me that I haven’t actually told you exactly where I’m living now so today’s the day to spill the beans… we’re living in a town called Frome, in the county of Somerset. It’s quite close to the beautiful city of Bath – I’ll try and do a post about that another day.
Frome is an interesting town which has been enjoying a bit of a resurgence over the last few years. It’s now considered a centre for the arts in this region and has several theatres and art galleries and a growing green movement. Historically it was famous for its weaving industry but as far as I know all that is long gone - all that remains are the cottages that were built for the workers. There’s some great architecture around but for the moment you’ll have to make do with this photo of the back of our house!
It’s what’s called a terraced house, meaning that it’s in a row of houses that were all built together and there are no gaps between them. Luckily the walls are quite thick so we don’t hear our neighbours at all! Speaking of neighbours, we have been very lucky as we have found ourselves living on England’s friendliest street – our neighbours are fabulous. There are heaps of other kids for Louie to play with and everyone always stops for a chat… I think this is quite unusual these days in England. On most streets people seem to keep themselves to themselves. Is that the same in Nepal, Kiran? Or does everyone know their neighbours? How about where our readers live? I’d be interested to know. I think it’s very sad that the sense of community seems to have almost disappeared in many places. I bet it wasn’t like that when my Granny was young!
Speaking of my Granny, let’s have a look at the grammar of those questions you sent in. I have to say that there were really very few errors indeed… a few with prepositions or missing articles but on the whole they were great. One thing I did think we could look at though is the difference between direct and indirect questions so here we go:
• Indirect questions are considered a more polite way of asking a question
• Direct questions need a change in word order
• Indirect questions do not change the word order but you need a fancy phrase at the beginning to show it is a question.
• Some phrases that are useful for indirect questions are: Could you tell me, Please could you explain, Would you mind telling me, etc.
So I thought for today’s little task I could ask you to “translate” or change these direct questions into indirect ones.
1) How often did you have to work in the dairy?
2) How do you spend your free time?
3) Have you ever been abroad?
4) What books are you reading at the moment?
If you need a bit more help have a look here.
I’ll wait another couple of days before I reveal the answers to this and the last task I gave you (about articles) to give you a bit more time.
Okay got to put Oslo to bed now.
Definitions from last time:
To catch up (with friends) - to talk about what you have all been doing recently with friends you haven’t seen for a while
A fraction of the size - much smaller
Upmarket - better quality and (usually) more expensive
To trundle - to move in a heavy way on wheels
To let someone down- to act in a way that disappoints someone
To chuck it down - (in this context) to rain very heavily
Words and phrases from this blog:
To spill the beans
A green movement
To be long gone
To make do
To keep themselves to themselves
The sense of community
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