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Now is your chance to use this week's grammar!

Tell us about your family. What jobs do they do? What transport do they use? Describe a photo (real or imaginary) of them. What are they wearing? What are they doing?

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Ahmet Ziya, Turkey
My family live in Turkey. My father and my mother were teachers and they retried ten years ago. I have two sisters and they are married. My elder sister has got two children. She is an journalist. She works in Trabzon. Ebru is my little sister. She is a lawyer and she was born in 1980 in Trabzon. She hasn't got a child.

Nuala says:

Hi Ahmet,

It sounds like you come from a very clever and hard-working family.

You used indefinite articles three times in your piece – a lawyer is completely correct but an journalist isn't right because the word 'journalist' doesn't start with a vowel or a vowel sound so it should be 'a journalist'. And although 'a child' is correct, actually what we usually say here is 'She hasn't got any children yet', I suppose because most women when they do have children usually have more than one.

Thanks for writing in!


Katya, India
We are a family of four. My father is an engineer, he uses a car to go to work every day. My mother is a homemaker, she prefers to walk to nearby marketplaces. My younger sister is studying in year 10 and she goes to school by car. I remember a photograph of ours. Four of us went horse-riding when we were in Shimla (a hill-station in India). My sister and I are dressed in a jeans and t-shirt, mother in a salwar-kameez, father in a shirt and a pair of jeans. Though all of us seem to be very exhausted after the bumpy ride, we clearly enjoyed it a lot as it was a first for all of us.

Nuala says:

Hi Katya,

What a lovely family holiday! The horse-riding sounds tiring but lots of fun!

You used a lot of indefinite articles in your story and 99% of them were correct. Well done! There were just a slip you might want to look at:

'My sister and I are dressed in a jeans and t-shirt' should be 'dressed in jeans' or – as you said later when you were describing what your father was wearing - 'a pair of jeans'.

Thanks for sharing your photo with us!


South Korea
I have both my parents and four sisters. Two of my elder sisters are married already and the others are not. My father used to work for Posco, which is one of the biggest companies in Korea, as a financial excutive but he is retired. My mother is a housewife. My eldest sister is an english teacher and the other elder sister used to work as a tie designer but she is a housewife now. One of my younger sisters is working in an international club as a receptionist. The other is a student.

Nuala says:


Do you like having four sisters? Or would you like a brother or two as well?

You used a lot of indefinite articles in your story and all of them were correct. Well done! There were just a couple of errors you might want to think about:

'excutive isn't spelled correctly and you need a capital letter on 'english'

Thanks for telling us about your family!


Adek, Poland
Adek, Poland I'm a 40-year-old man. I'm married with three children. I have a picture of them in my hand. On the left you can see my oldest daughter: she is a tall girl; she has a book in her hand - she always has a book on her. In the middle is my son; he's wearing a pair of jeans - he is an only son. And my youngest daughter - she has always been a little troublemaker. I love them a lot.

Nuala says:

Hello Adek,

What a fantastic description of your children! Each of their distinct personalities came across very clearly in the way that you wrote about them.

You used a lot of indefinite articles very well in your story.

There's just one thing to add to make your piece perfect. Your meaning is very clear when you say 'he is an only son' but that's not quite how we express it in English. I think you're thinking of another English expression 'to be an only child' (when there's only one child in a family) but we don't use this expression with 'daughter' or 'son'. Instead you could say 'he's my only son' or 'he's the only boy in our family'.

Thanks for telling us about your lovely family!


Tran, Vietnam
My mum is a teacher and I am, too. Dad has just retired from work. We use motorcycles as transportation. It's a happy family which is not rich but full of laughter. Dad is wearing a white shirt with a pair of glasses on his nose. Mum is wearing ao dai which is Vietnamese traditional costume. I am, like other young people, in jeans and a pullover. Mum is beautiful but I am not. She is smiling and dad stands by her with hands in hands. I am beside them with a dog lying on my leg.

Nuala says:

Hello Tran,

You're right! Who needs money when you've got a loving, happy family around you?

You used a lot of indefinite articles correctly in your story. Well done! You just need to add one before 'ao dai' to make it 'an ao dai'. You also need a definite article (the) before 'Vietnamese traditional costume'. And I'm not sure if you know the dog who's lying on your leg or not. If you do, you should say 'our dog', 'my dog' or even 'the dog'. If you don't know the dog, then 'a dog' is fine.

I know what you mean when you say 'with hands in hands' but what we'd say in English is 'She is smiling and standing hand in hand with dad beside her'.

And finally, I'm sure you ARE beautiful!


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