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Useful webside

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.:
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

Kiss&hug!
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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,

Jenny Bedwell
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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

Hello,

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

Hello,

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

Reges A. Silva

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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.
Practice your English and get paid! find out how here http://www.mylot.com/?ref=dreamy1

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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

Postby thomasz » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:41 am

My ENGLISH WILL IMPROVE TO WRITING AND SPELLING.

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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby emilykorea » Thu Jun 26, 2008 3:06 pm

thanks for sharing..

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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby sanil » Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:29 pm

Thanks for the tips. it's really help me.

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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby justme » Wed May 20, 2009 5:34 pm

thanx everyone for this thread i got a many thing ...
i am new here and want to write good english but some time when i write my point of view i feel hesitate and i comprehand that i write rong sentence often i check them and feel rest that i have to write better...
but mostly i am not setisfy about my writing and problem is that i have no good tuter they help me and check my writing ....
so anybony can help me ?
how i check my self ?
how i setisfied myself ?
pleace give me any tips for my setisfaction .......
thank you very much !
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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby frdsmth » Mon May 25, 2009 7:04 am

People respect high quality writing. If you deliver your work in a strong and error-free package, people take you seriously. Your message comes through clearly.

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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby partners » Fri Jun 19, 2009 12:06 pm

hi all,
i am wait for tips...

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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby englishhelps » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:26 am

There's one tip I can give you. When you're writing, K.I.S.S.

K.I.S.S is a simple idea. It means keep it short and simple. If you're writing, don't focus too much on using big words. Your message will get lost in the transition and chances of you making a mistake will be bigger as well.

Also, you really have to practice. Even if you're just posting in forums and not typing an official document, write properly. This helps you develop the muscle memory that can be helpful when you're typing. For example, if you're used to capitalizing every start of a sentence, your hands' muscles will get used to it and will do it without you really thinking about it.

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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby englishhelps » Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:37 pm

alexisj wrote:Thanks for sharing those cool tips guys.. That was really helpful as to the nature of my work where I face the net making blogs and posting articles, for in blogging there's really a need for bloggers to create content that's some like original. Even though some of the topics or I'd say information were all net sourced, there are usually times where you need to revised it, to come up with an originality. And in posting any topics, correct grammar should be considered.


I also do some article writing online as a job. It's not wrong to use the net as resources because a major part of writing is researching. Don't be afraid to use resources. However, plagiarism is a crime so make sure that you're just using your resources for research and not for copying.

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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby englishhelps » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:17 pm

If you're writing, make sure that spell checker is on when you're using MS Word. This helps you make sure that everything is done correctly. You'll also see errors that you didn't know was an error so it helps a lot.

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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby englishhelps » Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:32 pm

If you're writing, it's good to follow these simple steps:

1. Make your point
2. Explain
3. Give examples
4. Go back to your point to close

This will help you make your piece short but concise.

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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby englishhelps » Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:06 am

A good tip is also to write with music in the background. It works for me if I'm listening to some slow jams music. It inspires me. Experiment first to see which genre of music works for you. It's just like working out!

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Re: Tips for Writing

Postby englishhelps » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:05 am

Write with emotions! A powerful piece should make the readers feel what you are feeling when you are writing your piece. Also, this will help you write better since you're writing from the heart as well as from the mind.


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