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Grammar Challenge
 

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Tell us about your family, your house and garden.

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France
My family is the best family you can imagine: a handsome husband, a nice wife, (me), and four marvellous children. We live in a little house in the countryside in France. The house is located next to a field and opposite a forest. Fifty years ago it used to be a school, so people always think of our house as the former school. At the moment there are 21 pumpkins in our garden. There are also some leeks and flowers growing in it, and when the night comes, ever since the beginning of the summer, our evening primroses open and light up the darkening scenery.

Nuala says:

Hi,

What a lovely comment to finish off the week. It's great to hear once again about the joys of gardening!

You've used lots of definite and indefinite articles in your piece and all of them are correct.

Enjoy the last of your Evening-primroses before autumn comes!

Nuala


TV, Norway
Lucky me, I have three children, two boys and a girl. The oldest one is 22, the boy in the middle is 20, and the youngest is 18 years old! If you ask them directly, they are not children at all! Not teenagers either. Of course they are adult people, you bet! We live in a white house in the suburbs of Oslo, which is the capital of Norway. Outside our house we have a big garden. In the garden there are beautiful flowers and a lot of trees.

Nuala says:

Hi TV,

Your right, you are lucky to have such a lovely family.

You've used definite and indefinite articles throughout your piece very well. When you talk about your home, it's exactly right to say 'We live in a white house' because if you said 'We live in the White House', I think George Bush would have something to say about you moving in with him!

Thanks for writing in!

Nuala


My Thao, Vietnam
Both of my parents are teachers. My house isn't big but it's always full of the happiness. I love it so much. My garden is very special, I think. It's a roof-top garden. There, I plant many kinds of flowers. Every morning, I get up very early and go into my lovely garden. Perhaps, when you see my garden, you can think 'Oh, it's so normal', but to me it's lovely because I planted it by myself.

Nuala says:

Hello My Thao,

This is our third story this week about the joys of gardening. There's something so special about growing your own, isn't there? I've just recently got my first garden and have really enjoyed being able to grow beans, tomatoes and lettuce this year.

You only used one definite article in your piece but unfortunately, it wasn't right! Look out soon for a Grammar Challenge on the zero article – that's when we don't use any article at all. With uncountable nouns, when we're talking things in general, we don't use an article so we'd say 'it's always full of happiness', rather than 'it's always full of the happiness',

Good luck with your planting next year!

Nuala


Damodar Poudyal, Nepal
I live in the country of the Mt. Everest, the Nepal with my wife and two kids. The eldest one is the daughter and the youngest one is the son. We have a two-story home made of mud and stone in the countryside. Our small garden has a 'Rudraksha' (or a Utrasum Bead) tree in the centre of the Bermuda grass lawn. It gives us fresh air and rest.

Nuala says:

Hi Damodar,

Your garden in Nepal sounds very peaceful.

You used a lot of definite articles in your piece and lots of them were correct. Well done. A few times, though, you used 'the' when you didn't need it, for example, with 'the Mt. Everest'. We use the definite article with groups of mountains ('the Alps') but we think of Everest as a single mountain. So in English we say 'Mount Everest'.

I understand exactly what you're saying when you're describing your children but in English we say 'The eldest one is a girl' rather than 'The eldest one is the daughter. Can you figure out what the correct way is to say 'the youngest one is the son'?

Thanks for writing in and telling us about your life in Nepal.

Nuala


Denmark
I am a 43 year-old Danish teacher, who is happily married to a wonderful woman. I have two children, a boy and a girl. The boy is 9 years, and the girl is 5 years. My son goes to the 3rd grade at our local school and my daughter goes to a kindergarten near our house. We live in a rather big but old house near the east coast of Denmark close to a big city. The house has two floors and we have a pleasant view of the city in which we live. There is a garden surrounding the house, and we are very fond of it because in the summer we can eat barbecues and enjoy our spare time in it.

Nuala says:

Hello,

Your life in Denmark sounds lovely. The summer barbecues sound especially nice now that the long evenings of summer are a thing of the past here in London!

You used definite articles well in your piece. And showed you've understood the rule about using 'a' the first time you mention something or someone and using 'the' when you mention them again. 'I have two children, a boy and a girl. The boy is 9 years, and the girl is 5 years'.

Thanks for writing in!

Nuala



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