What makes a house a home?
Hi Jin Lu,
What makes a house a home? For me, a roaring fire works every time!
This picture also shows a typical British hobby – doing your house up! We Brits do love our DIY. You can see the plaster isn't dry and the painting isn't finished on the walls - sure signs of DIY activity!
Your story of the moon was really interesting. Thanks for sharing that with us. I'll be sure to look out for the girl and the bunny the next there's a full moon.
Now though, let's look at a couple of things from your text – prepositions and tenses.
First, prepositions. In the first of your examples you need a different preposition, in the second, you didn't use a preposition but you needed one and in the third one, you used a preposition but you didn't need it. Can you see how you should change these to make them correct?
People use two types of calendar in the same time
Mid-Autumn Festival (is) in China the 15th day of the eighth month
The latter originated from thousands of years ago.
Secondly, let's look at some of your tenses. But before we do, a bit of background.
There are quite a few times where you make your language unnecessarily complicated, Jin Lu. I've met a lot of students who think that a long word or a more complex sentence makes their writing or speaking seem more advanced. But it doesn't work that way in English. My understanding of the Chinese education system is that you're actively encouraged to use more sophisticated language to show how widely read you are. Is that right?
Here in Britain, we often use very simple sentence constructions and choose short, simple words over more complicated ones. Why? Well, one reason is where the English language comes from. The Anglo-Saxon language (used in Britain more than 1500 years ago) was filled with short, punchy words. The legacy of that language is still evident in good speech and writing today.
We often think of Sir Winston Churchill as one of the most effective public speakers this country has ever produced.
Have a look at a part of his famous 'We will fight them on the beaches' speech. Can you find even one word here that has more than one syllable?
We shall fight in the fields. We shall fight in the hills. We shall go on to the end.
Sometimes simple really is best.
So… back to your tenses. Can you spot how you could simplify (and correct) your grammar in these examples?
You may have known that in China people use two types of calendar
I believe I had seen it a couple of times
Now I would think of my grandmother more
And just to complicate matters. This one needs to be more complex than just the present simple:
She lives there with her bunny for many centuries now
That's all from me for now. I'm off to Baltimore tomorrow!
Thanks for your suggestion Cheikh Vall but I'm afraid I won't be blogging while I'm on holiday. I hope not to switch on the computer the whole time I'm away! But I promise, I'll have some photos to share with you all when I come back.
doing your house up – improving and redecorating your house
DIY – short for do it yourself (rather than making someone – a painter, a plumber etc. – to do it for you
how widely read you are – that you have read and understood a lot of books
punchy – expressing something effectively
legacy – what is left after something dies out or someone dies
evident – obvious, you can see it easily
syllable – separate sound of a word (for example, furniture has three syllables, uncomfortable has five)
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