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has some questions and hopes to get the answers. (I'm curious too
Thank you, @Lynne
Here is the text:One friend of mine works in an it-company that requires English and hires English teachers to help their employees to improve it. He passed a test some time ago. Of course detailed results were reported to chiefs and those who are interested in that. But my friend is a curious one and asked about them. Here is a short answer he was given:
"Hello - some aspects of English changed for better (according to the test) but some didn’t
Generally - slight upgrade took place."
I don't want to judge anyone especially English teachers in informal messages but as far as I know there are some mistakes. Here my concerns:
1. "change for the better" is an idiom so the definite article "the" is missed.
2. "a slight upgrade". I searched a word "upgrade" and found out that it is countable and has both singular and plural forms. It seems the indefinite article "a" must have been used.
3*. Using dashes. I am not familiar with this topic yet but my gut tells me that a dash is used in situations where it is not needed or at least can be omitted.