Music to run to
Thanks for your latest posting. It was really interesting hearing about the kind of music you like. Music is so personal, isn't it? Do you find running with music makes you bond with certain tracks? Do you make special music mixes for races? I know I did, and to this day, there are some songs that can immediately take me back to a particular run or race whenever I hear them.
When I ran the Dublin marathon it was so long ago that I was using a little Walkman tape recorder to listen to my special marathon mix. As I told you before, I was quite a slow runner so I even managed to run out of batteries during the marathon so I had to stop and go into a little shop to buy some more. I remember there was a young lad in the shop who started making fun of my being in the shop (with my running number on – clearly in the marathon). He said in a really loud voice for everyone to hear 'Oi! This woman's cheating! She's stopped for a rest in here. She's not allowed to do that, so she's not!' I tell you, I paid for those batteries and got out of that shop as fast as I could! I was mortified!
But I still had a great time on that marathon and can remember as clear as day the finishing line coming into sight with Kirsty MacColl blasting 'Us Amazonians' in my ears. I just flew along on the last couple of minutes of the race, thanks to Kirsty!
Let us know what your inspirational running tracks are Enrico.
Today I thought we'd look at a few areas – spelling and apostrophes to show possession (that something belongs to someone).
Here are some words that you didn't spell correctly. I think a few of them might just have been a slip when you were typing, but can you have a look at them and see if you can correct them?
In English, we use an apostrophe before the s to show that something belongs to a person (or animal). For example, if you want to talk about one girl who has one book, you can write:
The girl's book
One student who has one newspaper:
The student's newspaper
One dog with a bone:
The dog's bone.
If you put the apostrophe after the s it shows that something belongs to more than one person (or animal). For example, if you want to talk about three girls and their books, you can write:
The girls' books.
Two students sharing one newspaper:
The students' newspaper.
Fours dogs and their bones
The dogs' bones.
Can you see how you could improve this phrase from your last posting?
The Brazilian godmother of my daughter.
Apostrophes are often difficult for lots of students because there is no equivalent in their own language (in Italian you'd say the godmother of my daughter, wouldn't you Enrico?) So don't worry, you're not alone with finding this area of English difficult!
There is one problem you should be aware of after you've mastered the possessive apostrophe, and that's that you don't overuse it. Usually if the thing that is owned is an object, a piece of furniture or a building, we don't use an apostrophe. Here are a few example:
The computer keyboard
The back of the chair
The cinema entrance
The computer's keyboard
The chair's back
The cinema's entrance
If you like, here's a little task for you to do which you can post with your next blog. Have a look at these sentences and decide if they are correct or wrong. If they're correct, just write 'correct' next to the number. If they're wrong, re-write them correctly.
1. The girls shoes (2 girls, each with a pair of shoes)
2. The tourist's passports (3 tourists, each tourist has a passport)
3. The boy's pens (1 boy with 5 pens)
4. The book's cover
5. The runner's numbers (25 runners, each with a number)
6. The uncle of my friend
7. The drivers' cars (4 drivers, each with a car)
8. The doctors surgery (1 doctor with her surgery)
9. My kitchen sink
10. The babys toys (one baby with a lot of toys)
personal - relating or belonging to a single person rather than to a group or an organization
mixes – mixtures, varieties of
bond with– have a close connection with
tracks – songs on a CD or record
to this day – even though it was a long time ago
run out of– If you run out of something you have no more of it left (here, my batteries no longer worked, there was no power left in them)
lad – young man
mortified – very embarrassed
remember as clear as day – remember very clearly
blasting - making a very loud noise (here, the music was playing very loudly)
possession - something you own
a slip – a mistake
you've mastered – you are able to do something very effectively
overuse – use too much
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