A cat called Willow
You stayed all night at the office Shirley? That's way above and beyond the call of duty. But I hope it pays off. I'll have my fingers and toes crossed that you do well in the competition. Be sure to let us know how you get on.
Do you have a dog? I'm neither a dog or a cat person. I don't have any pets at all and didn't have any either, when I was growing up. You might think that's unusual, especially if you know what my dad was and one of my sisters is – a vet!
My sister lives in Australia and it was her surgery over there that was featured in The Flatmates, when Khalid took the cat to see the vet.
Even though I don't have any pets, there's a local cat that likes to come and visit. She's completely white, her name is Willow and she belongs to my neighbour, a few doors down. She jumps onto our back shed, has a wander around the garden and then comes to the back door and asks very politely to come in. For ages, we didn't let her in, but last week we capitulated and she tip-toed in and had a good nosy around our sitting room.
She's really tame and likes to be stroked. I wonder if this is the beginning of me finally become a cat person!
Your writing is very fluent and easy for me (and everyone else, I'm sure) to understand. You also have a lovely chatty style, which is just right for a blog.
Here are a couple of things for you to look at: countable and uncountable nouns, and prepositions. (I'm sure you know them both fine. This is just a bit of revision, really.)
With countable nouns, we put an s on the end to make plural (dog, dogs, cat, cats). But with uncountable nouns, when we want to talk about more than one of them, we don't put an s on the end (for example, it's luggage not luggages and furniture not furnitures). Of course sometimes uncountable nouns can be made into plurals with an s (We had 3 cheeses after dinner last night) And that could be the case with work – We saw 4 different works of Picasso's at the gallery. But in general, this word is a regular uncountable noun. So, can you see what the problem is here?
… several chosen finalists should present their works.
And sticking with that sentence, there's also a problem with the preposition. Any guesses what you should have written here, instead of in front of?
… several chosen finalists should present their works in front of the judges
Going back to our singular and plural nouns – dogs are countables and when we talk about liking or disliking them, we're talking about the animals in general. So how would you change this sentence?
I think dog is adorable
I loved your dog and cat ad. One of my favourite ads has a gorilla in it. Here's the link to it on youtube:
above and beyond the call of duty – more than you have to do or obliged to do
a few doors down – a house that is close by but not the one right next door
capitulated – gave in and accepted defeat
tip-toed – if you walk on tip-toes you walk very quietly, on your toes
had a good nosy – looked around (in a nosy or inquisitive way)
tame - (used to talk about animals) the opposite of wild. If an animal is tame, you can stroke it, play with it, and feed it without being scared that it will hurt you
Hope you have a good weekend. All the best,
PS Thanks for all your lovely comments. You've made me feel very welcome here. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better over the next wee while.
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