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aprilapril ModeratorPosts: 9,655 mod
@Yevhen 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.


  • YevhenYevhen Posts: 63 ✭✭
    I often have doubts about the correctness of what I say or how I try to express my thoughts. According to the existance of this topic, I decided to write here some questionable sentences or phrases. This thread is going to be a sort of a diary of my misusing English.

    It will be great if one helps me to understand the nature of languge better.
  • YevhenYevhen Posts: 63 ✭✭
    Is it all right with those questions?

    1. What accent of English do they want to give us practice of listening to?
    2. Was Ethiopian food delicious Kate and Jack went for?
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 9,655 mod
    I'd say:
    1. Which English accent do they want us to practice or to listen to?
    2. Was it the delicious Ethiopian food that Kate and Jack went for?
  • YevhenYevhen Posts: 63 ✭✭
    Hi @april. Have not seen you for ages, I guess you are OK.

    Thank you for correcting me. The questions became better. :)

    By the way, I forgot that this topic was created by you. That means you will always be notified if somebody writes something here. Let me know unless it is a good idea and I will ask questions in a common thread.
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 9,655 mod
    Don't worry, @Yevhen , I like to read your questions.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 23,519 mod
    I was reading a very well-written novel by an Indian author, one who has lived and worked in the US as a banker for some years, and I was surprised by a few phrases of Hinglish that sneaked in, where the article 'the' was lost and one or two other phrases that didn't quite sound right. That said, Hinglish is a form of English in the same way American English is a variation on what we Brits arrogantly call 'Queen's English.' As long as it is understood, I don't think it really matters @Yevhen.
  • YevhenYevhen Posts: 63 ✭✭
    @mheredge , thank you for sharing your thoughts. It is something that a learner should remember or, at least, be aware of.

    I try to be more active while listening or reading. I practice speaking by imitating (repeating) native speaker’s saying. Moreover, I pause a video or stop reading after a phrase or a sentence and try to make as many questions as I can. After each question I try to give a full answer using information I am provided by a text or a video.

    I think it is the right way of practicing because doing this way, I have correct statements and they are a kind of a feedback. That means that, in most cases, I can correct myself. The probability that I will miss something (an article, a preposition, word order etc) is lesser than if I express my thoughts and ideas spontaneously.

    The problem I face is complexity of some questions I try to make. Let’s consider the following example. Here is a statement:

    “The Great Wall is located in a beautiful corner of China.”

    My tries:
    1. Is The Great Wall located in China?
    2. Is The Great Wall located in a beautiful corner?

    Let’s imagine that I have never heard about The Great Wall. I am showed a picture of it, so I can admire the beauty of the place where it is located. I think of it as “a beautiful corner”. I want to ask “in a beautiful corner of what (China, Japan, etc) The Great Wall is located in”. My try:

    N. What a beautiful corner is The Great Wall located in of?

    The question looks ugly (not sure if it is correct), but there are even no phrasal verbs with their prepositions.

    My native language allows making such questions and they are rather usual. I don’t know if it is possible, or clear, or usual in English to carry the whole structure of the statement to be specific about a certain aspect of it.

    I can’t stop thinking about it while practicing.
  • 2491988noraa2491988noraa Posts: 38 ✭✭
    what is the meaning of this ( hold your tongue )
  • YevhenYevhen Posts: 63 ✭✭
    Hi @2491988noraa . I don't know why you are asking about it here.

    It means "not to speak" or "stop speaking", like "you have said enought".

    You can search any meaning you need in the Interner before asking here, on the forum. Just type "something you are interested in" in the address bar of your browser and push "Enter".

    In this way, you will not have to wait for someone's reply, and you will probably find an answer quicker.
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