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Tips for Writing

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Postby Inkbell » Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:59 am

Okay, the last time for today :wink:
Here's a really useful webside which I got from my phonetics teacher concerning writing in general, including grammar, literary criticism, poetry, etc.:

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Postby chrysan » Sat Sep 30, 2006 5:03 pm

simple words,rich information! i am making efforts.
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Website to improve writing skills

Postby jennybedwell » Sun Nov 19, 2006 7:05 pm

Hi there,

I sympathise with everyone having problems trying to write correctly in English, but you are not alone.

Most native speakers of English have trouble with spelling too.

If anyone is looking for specific writing practice to help with the IELTS exam, I have just set up a website for this purpose.

You can find the site at http://www.successatielts.com

It has lots of self-study online exercises, writing tips and practice exam questions with full answer key for instant feedback.

You can sample one module for FREE but if you want to access more there is a small fee I'm afriad.

Please take a look and let me know if you find it useful.

Best wishes,

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help me, please !

Postby reges » Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:33 pm

Why the correct is

You have no messages in this folder.
and not :
You not have messages in this folder

Thank you very much !
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Postby jennybedwell » Thu Jan 18, 2007 1:14 pm


To make a negative sentence in English you need to use the auxiliary verb 'do'. So to make your second example correct it should be:

You do not have any new messages ...

Often, we contract 'do not' so that it becomes 'don't'.

Eg. You don't have any new messages ...

Your first example is correct because it uses 'no' to make the sentence negative. Therefore, 'don't' is not necessary.

You have no new messages (correct)
You don't have no new messages (incorrect)

Note, you can also 'haven't got' for this sentence. This form is more commonly used in spoken British English.

Eg You haven't got any new messages ...

Hope this helps!

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Postby reges » Fri Jan 19, 2007 10:33 am


I am understood and tanks for so complete reply !!!

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Postby alpargata » Tue Jul 17, 2007 3:19 am

reges wrote:
I am understood and tanks for so complete reply !!!

I don't mean to be a nuisance, but I think what you meant to say was something along these lines:

"I understand. Thanks for such a complete reply!"

I hope this helps...
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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby dreamyxo » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:28 pm

If you want to practice writing go to this site You can connect with people all over the world and talk about what interests you. Don't be afraid there are many non English speaking people as well who go there for the same thing.
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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby denvinbo » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:10 am

I write an essay everyday......so it's not only improve the vocabulary, but also the grammar.. :D :D
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Re: Tips for Writing

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