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by CDawson
Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Exercise for Learning English
Replies: 0
Views: 912

An Exercise for Learning English

Can anyone think of great sounding words? I like cool sounding transitive verbs such as 'utilize' and 'achieve.' I also like great sounding nouns like 'apparatus' and 'gossamer.' After you choose your words, feel free to use them in a sentence! If he had looked at himself in the toothpaste-spotted m...
by CDawson
Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Ideas and Opinions
Topic: Lies That Sound Like Good Lies
Replies: 0
Views: 2988

Lies That Sound Like Good Lies

The following is a student explaining to a college instructor why he did not have his homework completed: "My dog chewed my flash drive. Can I get an extension on the homework assignment?" Does this sound like a good lie? Share your examples!
by CDawson
Mon Jun 06, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Errors When Writing
Replies: 1
Views: 1401

Re: Errors When Writing

Do the most common errors stem from syntax? When I was learning English, adverbials were the most difficult part of speech. Adjuncts, conjuncts, subjuncts, and disjuncts. Adverbials are essential when studying grammar. I'm probably telling you something that you already know. If so, disregard this t...
by CDawson
Mon May 30, 2016 6:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Motivate Yourself To Write?
Replies: 6
Views: 2828

Re: How Do You Motivate Yourself To Write?

Nice way, and nice quote! I just promise to myself, that i must write at least one post to some english speaking forum. I signed up in five different forums, and write couple of posts every day. For what it is worth, I recommend that you read A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. The boo...
by CDawson
Tue May 24, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Most Helpful Advice You Received With Regards to Writing
Replies: 1
Views: 1474

The Most Helpful Advice You Received With Regards to Writing

The most helpful advice I received came from a journalist. Since I was working as a reporter, he said that I should use verbs that require an object. Active verbs make the story better to read. In addition, he said my writing style should be economical since a story can only take up so much space. P...
by CDawson
Fri May 13, 2016 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Errors When Writing
Replies: 1
Views: 1401

Errors When Writing

Here's an error that I make too often. I use passive verbs. What are some common errors that you have made or noticed from other writers? Conversation that passes as dialogue? Lack of original plot ideas? Not enough imagery?
by CDawson
Wed May 04, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: Ideas and Opinions
Topic: A Question Regarding Facebook
Replies: 1
Views: 4628

A Question Regarding Facebook

Would you want to meet in person any of the people that you have befriended on Facebook? What is the benefit of befriending so many people? People I've never corresponded with want to be my friend. Facebook is kind of scary in that regards. I do, however, like Facebook as a way to keep up with frien...
by CDawson
Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: Adventure & Travel
Topic: Beaches and Ancient Ruins
Replies: 0
Views: 1816

Beaches and Ancient Ruins

Where would you like to travel? I'd like to go to Mexico City to see the Aztec ruins. I would like to climb to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. The view from the top of that pyramid is incredible. From that vantage point, I could see the fields where the Aztecs played sports and made sacrifices. T...
by CDawson
Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:00 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: Similies
Replies: 1
Views: 2840

Re: Similies

I'm reading a book called Models for Writers: Short Essays for Composition. There is an essay named The Death of Benny Paret. Paret was a boxer who died in the ring. The essay was written by Norman Mailer. The following quote describes one of the boxers pummeling his opponent: "...the right hand whi...
by CDawson
Sun Apr 24, 2016 1:57 am
Forum: Entertainment
Topic: Mink
Replies: 0
Views: 2448

Mink

Gary was going out with a nice girl and finally popped the question. "Will you marry me, darling?" he asked. Rhonda smiled coyly and said, "Yes, if you'll buy me a mink." Gary thought for a moment and then replied, "Okay, it's a deal, on one condition." "What is that?" Rhonda asked. "You'll have to ...
by CDawson
Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Book or Books Got You Interested in Writing?
Replies: 0
Views: 1400

What Book or Books Got You Interested in Writing?

The book that made me interested in fiction is Lord of The Flies. The imagery was excellent. His command of the language was tremendous, which brings me to the book of nonfiction that I still read for enjoyment and motivation. That book is A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. The way the...
by CDawson
Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Ideas and Opinions
Topic: Outdated Laws That Made You Laugh
Replies: 4
Views: 2766

Re: Outdated Laws That Made You Laugh

Krisi wrote:
CDawson wrote:In Blythe, California, you are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
:!!:
:lol:
by CDawson
Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:11 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: Similies
Replies: 1
Views: 2840

Similies

I like this simile by Sylvia Plath. The poem is called Mirror. The following comparison is between a lake and the terrible consequences of aging:

In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.
by CDawson
Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Do You Motivate Yourself To Write?
Replies: 6
Views: 2828

How Do You Motivate Yourself To Write?

I call to mind the following quote from Vladimir Nabokov when I'm looking for motivation to write: The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.
by CDawson
Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:48 pm
Forum: Ideas and Opinions
Topic: Outdated Laws That Made You Laugh
Replies: 4
Views: 2766

Re: Outdated Laws That Made You Laugh

In Blythe, California, you are not permitted to wear cowboy boots unless you already own at least two cows.
by CDawson
Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:54 am
Forum: Ideas and Opinions
Topic: Outdated Laws That Made You Laugh
Replies: 4
Views: 2766

Outdated Laws That Made You Laugh

In New Jersey, it is illegal for a driver to pump their own gas. Why? The state government is afraid to let drivers handle flammable materials. To this day, in New Jersey, you must let a professional pump your gas. :-) If you stop for a beer in North Dakota, don't expect to get any pretzels with you...
by CDawson
Mon Feb 22, 2016 4:30 am
Forum: Entertainment
Topic: Insults!
Replies: 1
Views: 2714

Re: Insults!

If laughter is the best medicine, your face must be curing the world.
by CDawson
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: Entertainment
Topic: Insults!
Replies: 1
Views: 2714

Insults!

If opposites attract, then I hope you meet someone who is attractive, honest, intelligent, and cultured.
by CDawson
Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: Horrifying Short Stories
Replies: 1
Views: 2544

Horrifying Short Stories

I haven't finished reading any Stephen King novels. Describing himself, King said he has literary elephantiasis. I agree with him. His novels are verbose. His short stories, on the other hand, are succinct. I recommend Skeleton Crew. It is a collection of short stories. One of the stories details a ...
by CDawson
Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:57 am
Forum: Entertainment
Topic: If You Could Meet Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?
Replies: 5
Views: 4601

If You Could Meet Anyone, Who Would It Be and Why?

I would like to meet Bill Gates in order to talk to him about writing computer code.
by CDawson
Sun Jan 31, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: One Liners and Good Advice
Replies: 0
Views: 2778

One Liners and Good Advice

If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving!
I have kleptomania. When it gets really bad, I take something for it.
by CDawson
Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Aging Gracefully
Replies: 0
Views: 2184

Aging Gracefully

A balding, white haired man walked into a jewellery store this past Friday evening with a beautiful much younger gal at his side. He told the jeweller he was looking for a special ring for his girlfriend. The jeweller looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000 ring. The man said, 'No, I'd lik...
by CDawson
Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What is Your Favorite Sound and Why?
Replies: 0
Views: 2824

What is Your Favorite Sound and Why?

I like the sound of rain on a tin roof. It's very relaxing.
by CDawson
Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:22 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: books for daily conversation?
Replies: 1
Views: 5203

Re: books for daily conversation?

Google 'colloquial expressions.' It will show you how to use the English language in everyday conversations.
by CDawson
Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:16 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: What Are Your Favorite Quotations?
Replies: 167
Views: 154754

Re: What Are Your Favorite Quotations?

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
- Mark Twain
by CDawson
Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Movie Quotes
Replies: 2
Views: 821

Re: Favorite Movie Quotes

From Blue Velvet:

Frank Booth: Hey you wanna go for a ride?
Jeffrey Beaumont: No thanks.
Frank Booth: No thanks? What does that mean?
Jeffrey Beaumont: I don't wanna go.
Frank Booth: Go where?
Jeffrey Beaumont: For a ride.
Frank Booth: A ride! Now that's a good idea!
by CDawson
Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: Does anyone likes Stephen King?
Replies: 1
Views: 3692

Re: Does anyone likes Stephen King?

I have a difficult time reading King's novels. As King said, he suffers from literary elephantiasis. I think that his short stories are more accessible. My favorite collection of his short stories is Nightmares and Dreamscapes. One story in particular stands out. The Moving Finger. It's a story abou...
by CDawson
Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:08 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: My favourite topics in newspapers( Long for advices to modify)
Replies: 2
Views: 5288

Re: My favourite topics in newspapers( Long for advices to modify)

I like soft newspaper stories. In particular, I enjoy reading personality profiles. I think that hard news stories are good also. I enjoy reading them because the writing is succinct.
by CDawson
Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:55 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: On Darkened Paths
Replies: 0
Views: 1603

On Darkened Paths

Among brambled trees
On darkened paths,
With vision gone,
I scraped off my hands.

I lick the water
Among the vines,
When here with you,
I feel alive.
by CDawson
Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:42 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: Good books to share
Replies: 7
Views: 10634

Re: Good books to share

Excerpt from "Toxic Sludge is Good For You! Lies, Damn Lies, and the Public Relations Industry" In 1980, a drunk driver killed the 13-year-old daughter of Candy Lightner. From this experience, Lightner created Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to publicize the suffering caused by drug and alcohol...
by CDawson
Tue Jul 21, 2015 8:04 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Resumes and Cover Letters
Replies: 0
Views: 1687

Resumes and Cover Letters

If you were looking for employment, and you needed a resume and a cover letter, would the following excerpt encourage you to continue reading the website article: Depending upon your work history and personal circumstances, there are several different types of resumes to be considered. In general, a...
by CDawson
Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Favorite Movie Quotes
Replies: 2
Views: 821

Favorite Movie Quotes

From Jackie Brown: "AK-47. The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to kill every mother****** in the room, accept no substitutes."
by CDawson
Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: tribute
Replies: 1
Views: 820

Re: tribute

That's an awkward sentence. It would be better to say, "The best way to pay him tribute would be to finish his incomplete job."
by CDawson
Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Poor Use of Grammar
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Re: Poor Use of Grammar

Slow Children Crossing
-A sign at a cross walk
by CDawson
Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: summer vacation
Replies: 2
Views: 1081

Re: summer vacation

When I was in college in the United States, my friends and I spent our vacation either in school or working. It's a good opportunity to learn some skill related to college. I majored in journalism, so I worked for local newspapers writing stories.
by CDawson
Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:29 am
Forum: Creative Writing
Topic: Norman Mailer Essay
Replies: 0
Views: 1984

Norman Mailer Essay

I'm reading a book called Models for Writers: Short Essays for Composition. There is an essay named The Death of Benny Paret. Paret was a boxer who died in the ring. Quote. Talking about Paret's opponent. "...the right hand whipping like a piston rod which has broken through the crankcase, or like a...
by CDawson
Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bystanders
Replies: 0
Views: 731

Bystanders

Kitty Genovese, a young bar manager on her way home from work at 3 a.m., was stabbed to death. The attack lasted 30 minutes in a crowded area. The murderer stabbed Genovese, left, came back a few minutes later and stabbed her again. Thirty-eight people heard Genovese calling for help, but no one tri...
by CDawson
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Poor Use of Grammar
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Re: Poor Use of Grammar

Wanted: A room by two gentlemen 30 feet long and 20 feet wide.
by CDawson
Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: MADD Hypocrite
Replies: 0
Views: 788

MADD Hypocrite

In 1980, a drunk driver killed the 13-year-old daughter of Candy Lightner. From this experience, Lightner created Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to publicize the suffering caused by drug and alcohol abuse. In 1985 Lightner, left the organization over disagreements that included her desire to h...
by CDawson
Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Poor Use of Grammar
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Poor Use of Grammar

Drop your trousers here for best results.

-Sign in a Bangkok dry cleaner :~:
by CDawson
Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Into or onto
Replies: 1
Views: 1179

Re: Into or onto

'Enroll into the research study' is correct. Onto implies landing on the surface of an object. Into means becoming involved with something.
by CDawson
Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: School and Grammar
Replies: 0
Views: 737

School and Grammar

Are students still taught English? It seems like people are making simple mistakes regarding grammar. For example, placing 'me' in the subject of a sentence.
by CDawson
Sun Jun 07, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Letter Writing
Replies: 0
Views: 933

Letter Writing

Can I get some feedback on this letter that I wrote? Thanks! Dear June, Congratulations on the birth of your new baby! I am so happy to hear that both mother and child are healthy. There is nothing more exciting than the feeling of bringing a new life into the world. You and Jim are a great couple a...
by CDawson
Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Much Grammar is Too Much Grammar?
Replies: 0
Views: 701

How Much Grammar is Too Much Grammar?

Does high school English prepare students for college? I don't think that it does. When I got to college, where I studied journalism, I had a grammar book with 1780 pages. I read important sections of that book and it changed not only my writing style, but also my command of the English language.
by CDawson
Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: what are the best ways do you use to improve your writting.
Replies: 3
Views: 4916

Re: what are the best ways do you use to improve your writting.

Read newspapers to become a better writer. You'll learn how to write succinctly.
by CDawson
Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: Books & Authors
Topic: Grammar Books
Replies: 0
Views: 3119

Grammar Books

To achieve grammar skills, it's vital to read grammar books, and the best grammar book, A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, is essential. I recommend it to anyone interested in reading and writing. However, how much is too much to pay for a grammar book? It really is a comprehensive stu...