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I urgently need to revise a few sentences containing reflexive pronouns. I really hope you can help me. 1) I was last proud of myself when I won a swimming competition. I (once) blamed one of my friends for telling me a lie. 2) I depend on my parents. I’m still dependent ...
April 20, 2012

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Yes, it does make sense. Blasè means uninterested. Could you please check if everything is OK as I made a few changes? Thank you very much! 1) Mr. Otis buys Canterville Chase from Lord Canterville. After that, Mr. Otis drives with his family to Canterville Chase. 2) ...
April 19, 2012

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Writeacher, what does "blasè" mean? Example: I was getting a bit blasè by the time I had my last interview. I still need to check a sentence. Thank you very much. 1) Speaker 2 believes that appearance is important when going for an interview. For this ...
April 19, 2012

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Writeacher, I downloaded a few details about modals expressing possibility/probability but I'm still doubtful about their use. My questions to you are numbers 1-2. Using modals to talk about the present: 1)Will / won't We use will and won’t when we are very sure...
April 19, 2012

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Sorry, for asking you the same thing again, but I really don't know if I have to leave these two sentences as they are. 1. I have already been at school today. 2. I have already been to school today. (Is there a difference between them?) 3.I haven't been to the cinema ...
April 19, 2012

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Writeacher, I downloaded a few details about modals expressing possiblity/probabity but I'm still doubtful about their use. My questions to you are numbers 1-2. Using modals to talk about the present: 1)Will / won't We use will and won’t when we are very sure: &#...
April 19, 2012

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I left out a sentence. Thank you very much, Writeacher. I haven't had my chess lesson yet. I haven't done my chess lesson (is a mistake). Can you suggest a site with exercises on the use of modals to express degrees of probabilities?
April 19, 2012

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Writeacher, I really hope you can have a look at my last examples. I need to know which are wrong. I still have a few doubts on the use of to/at/in after have been. Thank you for helping me. 1) I haven't gone out for a walk. I have already been to school (or at school) ...
April 19, 2012

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I still have a few doubts on the use of to/at/in after have been. Thank you for helping me. 1) I haven't gone out for a walk. I have already been to school (or at school) today. I haven't been to the cinema yet today. 2) I've already gone shopping online. I've ...
April 19, 2012

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I still have a few doubts on sentences you checked yesterday. 1) I did/had/went for an interview. (Is "do" possible?) 2) I've just taken (done is a mistake) a grammar test. 3) I've just been tested orally in English. 4) I haven't taken an oral English ...
April 19, 2012

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I retyped the first part considering your corrections. Can you check if it is OK now? Thank you very, very much. 1) Mr. Otis buys Canterville Chase from Lord Canterville. After that, Mr Otis drives with his family to Canterville Chase. When they arrive there, Mrs. Lucretia ...
April 18, 2012

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Thank you, very much. Here is the second part. I will post you the whole summary again after your correction. 1) Mr Otis’s daughter, Virginia, finds the ghost and he talks to her about his story. Virginia takes the ghost seriously and decides to help him. 2) The last part...
April 18, 2012

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Writeacher, I urgently need you to check this paragraph. I really hope you can help me. As it is a short summary of Wilde's Canterville Ghost, I think it should be in the present. Can you suggest a site containing a simple and concise summary of the story? 1) Mr. Otis ...
April 18, 2012

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I have a few questions on sentences I wrote last week. Could you please check them? 1) In the summary of Gulliver's travels I used the present but a few sentences are in the past. 2) When Gulliver comes back home in England, his wife and his other family members welcome ...
April 18, 2012

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Writeacher,could you please check if everything is Ok. Thank you very much for your invaluable help! 1) Swift was born in Ireland of English parents. He was also educated there and he became a priest. 2) He left Dublin for England in 1689 to reside (stay at?) at the household ...
April 18, 2012

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I left out the following statements. Thank you very much. 1) All of his works are characterized by his polemical genius, expressed in various literary genres. 2) The first pamphlet to bring Swift fame was the Battle of the Books, where he imagines a battle between the books of...
April 17, 2012

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Can you please check these sentences on Jonathan Swift's life? Thank you, Writeacher. 1) Swift was born in Ireland of English parents. He was also educated there and he became a priest. 2) He left Dublin for England in 1689 to reside (stay at?) at the household of William ...
April 17, 2012

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Thank you very much, Writeacher. I left out the following sentences. 1) I still haven't got asleep even if it is almost 2 am. 2) I've already seen Almost Friends with my best friend. 3) I haven't visited the town museum yet. 4) I have just arrived from the studio ...
April 17, 2012

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I left out these sentences which are more or less the same but I need to know which are possible. Thank you very much. 1) I'm the singer in the music (is musical possible?) band The Boyz. 2) I'm the singer in the band, the Boyz. I'm the singer in the band called ...
April 17, 2012

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I urgently need you to check these sentences on the present perfect. Thank you. 1) I've just come back from the studio where we were rehearsing/practising(exercising/training are mistakes?).Is "we practised" possible? 2) I still haven't spent my time ...
April 17, 2012

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I left out two sentences.Thank you very much, Writeacher. 1) ...... you ever ...... to lend him your book? Have you ever had to lend him your book? also 2) Do you ever have to lend him your book? I don't have to buy any butter (also I won't have to buy any butter: mum ...
April 17, 2012

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I have a few further doubts. Thank you very much for the help. 1) I sent her two emails last week, but he hasn't replied to any of them. (I think both the simple past and the past perfect are acceptable). 2) How long does it take him to drive to wrok? 3) Why was she ...
April 17, 2012

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I left out the following sentences. Thank you very much, Writeacher. 1) This is the first time I’ve flown in an aeroplane. The child slept from eight till eight without waking one. I’ve known Mary since last month. 2) We sent John three emails last week, but he didn...
April 17, 2012

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Writacher, I urgently need you to check these sentences. Thank you very much. 1.The new teacher arrives on Tuesday for his first lesson. 2.We are meeting our friends in the square at 3 o’clock and then we are going to the disco together. 3.Tomorrow it will be rainy. 4.He...
April 17, 2012

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I urgently need you to check this paragraph. Thank you, Writeacher. 1)Henry II was successful in bringing order and stability. 2) To avoid civil wars, he needed to reduce the power of the barons and wanted professional soldiers (mercenaries) to do this. 3)Many knights did not ...
April 16, 2012

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I left out two exercises for you to check. Thank you very much, Writeacher. By the way, do you say "talk about a topic of your choosing/or of your choice? 1) I ……………………… buy any butter, mum has just bought some. (Shall I ...
April 16, 2012

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Here is the second exercise. Thank you very much for the revision. 1) John ……………………… buy the dictionary for the exam: he can take mine. 2) You ………………………stand on the left on the escalators...
April 16, 2012

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Can you check if the various exercises are all possible? Thank you, Writeacher. Here is exercise 1. •1) The new German teacher (arrive) _______on Tuesday, for his first lesson. 2) On Saturday night we (meet) _______our friends in the square at 3 o’clock and then we (...
April 16, 2012

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Can you please check the sentences? Thank you, Writeacher. 1) Are there any questions before you start? Did you have any difficulty in doing your homework? 2) Take a photocopy and pass the others on. Share these copies, one between two. Please, keep an eye on time. 3) Let'...
April 16, 2012

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Can you please check these instructions, Writeacher. Thank you very much. English remedial test 1) Complete the following sentences with must/mustn’t, have to, don’t have to, should/shouldn’t 2) Fill in the correct future form (will future, going to future, ...
April 16, 2012

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I left out a last thing about the comprehension. Thank you very much Writeacher. 1) Paradoxically, Amnesty is an organization that will only be satisfied when it has become redundant. Meaning: Amnesty will go on working until its work becomes unecessary. (TRUE) 2) Synonyms: ...
April 15, 2012

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I still have a sentence on the listening comprehension for you to check. Thank you. 1) It fights for the release of people imprisoned for racism and political prisoners. 2) Its local groups operate by collecting information about prisoners, and then make (making) pressure on ...
April 15, 2012

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Sorry, but the same sentences have been sent to you twice, or even three times!! I just have a question to you. 1) Amnesty fights for the release of any prisoner who opposes violence. TRUE. I thought Amnesty does not fight only for prisoners who oppose violence.
April 15, 2012

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I left out two sentences because I'm finding it difficult to send you my post all together. 3) It is an organization that will only be satisfied when it has become redundant. Does this sentence mean that it will go on working until its work becomes unnecessary? 4) The aims...
April 15, 2012

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I left out the following questions. Thank you very much, Writeacher. 1) First, the organization collects information. When it has proof that a person is a prisoner of conscience, it hands over that person’s case to a local group. 2)This group send (or sends?) letters to ...
April 15, 2012

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I still have a few questions on the listening comprehension. Thank you. 1) "Amnesty works for the release of ‘Prisoners of Conscience’- men, women and children imprisoned anywhere for their beliefs, colour, sex, ethnic origin, language or religion. It also seeks...
April 15, 2012

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Writeacher, can you help me check these sentences? Thank you very much for your invaluable help! 5)After making sure a person is a Prisoner of Conscience, the organization starts sending letters to governments and benefits (food, medicine) to the prisoner. (better: to the ...
April 15, 2012

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Another doubt. Thank you very much for your help. 1) She said to me (she told me) that I could go to the cinema as long as I finished my homework. 2) Is "she said to me" a mistake? say is normally followed by direct speech.
April 15, 2012

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I left out a last sentence. Thank you very much, Writeacher. He told me that I could go to the cinema provided that I finished (not I had finished) my homework.
April 14, 2012

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I left out a few things. Thank you very much for helping me. 1) Amnesty works by collecting information. When it has a proof that a person is a 'Prisoner of Conscience', then a person's case is handed over to a local group. Question: Amnesty gathers information a) ...
April 14, 2012

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I hope I can send you my post this time. Thank you, Writeacher. 19 He invited me to go for a motorbike ride. He requested me to go (is not possible?) He consented/agreed to drive me to the airport. 2) She said to me (she told me) that I could go to the cinema (is this sentence...
April 14, 2012

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Can you please check these sentences? Thank you very much. 1) Write an example for each of the incorrect verbs. 2) Write an example-sentence (?) for each of the verb you made wrong. 3) You shouldn't have phoned him. (He phoned and you regret it) 4) You needn't have ...
April 14, 2012

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I just have four more questions. Thank you very much, Writeacher. 1) He was becoming a bit blasè by the time he had his last interview. I can't remember the meaning of blasè. 2) This tells that the job candidate is interested enough to research the company. (...
April 12, 2012

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I still have a few sentences to check. I really hope you can help me check them. I added a few more sentences. 1)I think the best thing to do is working at a passion because in this way you'll work better than anyone else. 2)You feel the need to go to work. 3) If you work ...
April 12, 2012

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I left out these other sentences. Thank you very much, Writeacher. 1) If I'm lucky, I'll work at a passion and at the same time at a career. I think that a good job is a job that you love and that permits (?) you to do the things you are keen on. 2) I have the ambition...
April 12, 2012

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I included a few things about correct behaviour in class. Can you please check them, too? 1) I should get top marks in all subjects. I should apply myself (fully) when in class. I should get involved in the lessons. 2) I should ask my classmates about next time's homework ...
April 12, 2012

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I still have more sentences to check. I really hope you can revise them, too. 1) Revise all your sentences orally. 2) Bring the government down (and bring down the government) 3) He stopped to take on the students (to take the students on is possible?) 4) Mark took over the ...
April 12, 2012

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I have some more sentences to check on the same subject.Thank you very much! 1) I took off a day because I was ill. Correction: I took a day off... Or I went sick (I took a day sick leave/I asked for a day sick leave??) 2) I would like to work at my passion because I would be ...
April 12, 2012

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I left out two sentences. Thank you very much. 1) My father took a day off to bring (better take/drive) me to the beach. 2) She is looking through the data on her monitor.
April 11, 2012

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I still have a few sentences to check. Thank you very much, Writeacher. 1) I would worl at a passion (my passion), because even if I know it is difficult to take off, I think that the job itself can motivate me. In fact, I'd prefer to have a job in which I can do what I ...
April 11, 2012

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I still have to check a few other sentences on the same subject. Thank you very much in advance,Writeacher. In particular sentences 4-5-6. 1) If I work at the passion, then it is the job itself that motivates me. 2) I will take up working tomorrow. (is this sentence possible...
April 11, 2012

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I left out the following sentences. Thank you very much, Writeacher. 1) I think everybody would work at a passion but many times (mistake) this is often not possible. 2) If I worked, I would work at a job because I'll need (I need) to put aside money for me and my family. ...
April 11, 2012

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Writeacher, here are some sentences I'd like you to revise. Thank you. 1) The teacher let the students off with a warning (let off the students is a mistake?) 2) I'm looking forward to my sister's letter. (I'm waiting impatiently for my sister's letter; I&#...
April 11, 2012

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Bobpursley, Ms Sue I urgently need you to check this paragraph. Thank you very much in advance!!! I made a change in the last sentence. 1) I spent my Easter holidays with my family at my grandparents' house in London. I had a very good time there, especially on the very ...
April 10, 2012

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Writeacher, I know you are not there. However, I urgently need someone of you to check this short story. I hope Ms Sue or anyone else will help me. 1) I spent my Easter holidays with my family at my grandparents' house in London. I had a very good time there, especially on...
April 10, 2012

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Writeacher, I'm finding it difficult to check these sentences, which need to be revised grammatically. 1) The Tempest is the last one of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s very different from his previous ones. In fact it is not a tragedy, like Macbeth or Hamlet, but a ...
April 10, 2012

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Writeacher, how would you check this sentence? Prospero was his first king but now he pens Caliban up like a farm animal, so that he can't go anywhere he wants on the island. ("is anywhere he wants" possible??) I hope you are still there.
April 10, 2012

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I left out two last sentences on history. Thank you very much, Writeacher. 1) The 14th century was also marked by the rise of a religious movement of reforms called Lollardy, whose leader was John Wycliffe. 2) The movement, which began at Oxford University where Wycliffe ...
April 10, 2012

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I left out the following sentences.Thank you very much.I need to rephrase number 5 and make it more concise. 1) By the 14th century a new middle class, both rural an urban, existed. The merchants increased their power by loaning money to the king for mercenaries. 2) The yeomen...
April 10, 2012

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Thank you very much. Here are some more sentences on the same subject. Thank you. 1) The Hundred Years' War received a severe check from the 'Black Death', the bubonic plague which spread all over England in 1348. It was caused by fleas living on black rats which ...
April 10, 2012

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I still have to add a few sentences on history. Thank you very much. 1) War with France broke out in 1337 when Edward III claimed the crown of France because his mother was the French king's sister. This was the beginning of the Hundred Years' War, which was to last ...
April 9, 2012

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Can you please check these sentences on history? Thank you, Writeacher. 1) Richard was succeeded by his younger brother John I, called Lacklan because he lost Normandy and most of his French territories. 2) He levied higher taxes an his policy (of heavy taxation) met with ...
April 9, 2012

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Here are some more sentences on history I'd like you to check. 1) In particular, he wanted to defend his own interests by nominating the bishops. 2) First, he made his best friend, Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury,the chief bishop in England. However, Beckett ...
April 9, 2012

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Writeacher, I hope you can help me clarify the following sentences. I can't understand the relation between the knights and the barons. 1) Henry II was successful in bringing 3)order and stability. To avoid civil wars, he needed to reduce the power of the barons and wanted...
April 9, 2012

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Can you please check these sentences on history, please? Thank you, Writeacher. 1) In the 8th and the 9th centuries Scandinavian invaders, known as the Vikings, attacked the monasteries and villages near the water and robbed them. 2) King Alfred the Great of Wessex was the ...
April 8, 2012

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Good Easter to you and your family, too, Writeacher. I urgently need you to check this rephrase of the modern translation of the fight between Beowulf and Grendel by Seamus Heaney. I need to be more precise in the description of the fight. Nor did the creature keep him waiting...
April 8, 2012

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I left out the following sentences. Can you please check them? I hope they are the last on the same subject. I really rely on your invaluable help. 1) Caliban feels like a slave. He has o obey Prospero's orders because of Prospero's magic powers. There is a maleficent ...
April 8, 2012

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Can I use the simple past (as used by Shakespeare) to refer to the initial relationship between Prospero and Caliban? I added a few more sentences. 1) One day Caliban tried to rape Miranda, so Prospero gave up taking care of him. 2) At the beginning Prospero taught Caliban the...
April 8, 2012

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I left out two sentences. I find it difficult to check number 2.Thank you. 1) Most Shakespeare's plays have a tragic ending. However, in the Tempets criminals are prevented from cuasing death and they are finally forgiven. 2) Finally, the theme of magic: Prospero is able ...
April 7, 2012

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I did some of the corrections myself. Can you check them, please? 1) Caliban curses himself for having shown Prospero the secrets of the island. 2) Prospero pens him up in a cave like pig and he wishes he could use all the magic spells of Sykorax against him. 3) Caliban ...
April 7, 2012

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Writeacher, I just wanted to know if the expressions "to make a less-savage out of him" and "turned him into a slave" are acceptable. I added a few more things. Thank you. 1) When Miranda and Prospero were friendly living with Caliban, they tried to teach ...
April 7, 2012

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I left out these sentences. 1) There are three main themes: forgiveness, reconciliation, and the element of magic. There are two kinds of magic: the beneficent used by Prospero only for good purposes and the maleficent used by Sykorax to harm its victims. Correction: 2) There ...
April 7, 2012

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I tried to do some of the corrections myself. I really need you to check them now. 1) Caliban is a half-beast half-man creature who has always lived on the island on which the play takes place. 2) He inherited it from his mother, the witch Sykorax, and he showed all its ...
April 7, 2012

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I left out the following sentences. Thank you very much. 1) The Tempest is the last one of Shakespeare’s plays and it’s very different from his previous ones. In fact it is not a tragedy, like Macbeth or Hamlet, but a romance based on forgiveness and reconciliation. ...
April 7, 2012

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Thank you very much. Here are some more sentences I'd like you to check, Writeacher. 1)Caliban s a half-beast, half-man creature who has always lived on the island in which the play takes place. 2) He inherited it from his mother, the witch Sykorax, and he showed all its ...
April 7, 2012

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I left out the following sentences. Thank you very much. I find it difficult to reorganize the sentences. 1) Prospero may be seen as a theatre director (through his magical art he controls all the events? but also as the projection of Shakespeare himself. 2) Prospero, who ...
April 6, 2012

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Thank you very much. Here are some more sentences I'd like you to check, too. In particular, I need to revise the following sentences. 1) For Prospero Caliban becomes the "most lying slave", though he really is filth. (" I have used thee -Filth as though art...
April 6, 2012

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In my previous post I wrote "You should have used the past simple to refer to both Prospero's and Miranda's behaviours towards Caliban when they first arrived on the island. I still have to include a few other sentences. 1) In question 1 you were asked to describe...
April 6, 2012

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Can you please help me check this paragraph containing several grammar mistakes? Thank you. 1) Caliban is a sort of monster half man half beast. There is hostility between Prospero and Caliban. 2) Thanks to is magic art Prospero subdued all the spirit living on the island, ...
April 6, 2012

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I left out a few sentences. Thank you. 1) Then, the characters introduce one another using letters instead of speech, and the action is made up by a series of scenes with no general summaries. Another feature is its immediacy. 2) As stated by Richardson himself, this kind of ...
April 5, 2012

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Here is the last part concerning the narrative technique. Thank you. 1) Pamela is (was) written in epistolary form, as a “series of familiar letters” written by the protagonist and some also by her parents. 2) Richardson places himself in the role of an editor, ...
April 5, 2012

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Writeacher, I urgently need to rephrase (in modern English) Chaucer's the wife of Bath. Can you suggest an internet site? Thank you.
April 4, 2012

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Here is the second part of the same summary. Thank you very much, Writeacher. 1) According to the puritan middle class ideal of the age, marriage was the highest achievement in life, the only way open to women to improve their social status. 2) Their marriage is the reward ...
April 4, 2012

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I urgently need you to check these sentences. Thank you very much. 1) “Pamela” is an epistolary novel, that is a collection of letters written by a virtuous girl, Pamela Andrews, to her parents. The plot is very simple and built around the interrelation between the ...
April 4, 2012

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Could you please check these sentences, Writeacher? 1) We were in /on a talent show which lot of people watch. We didn't win unfortunately, but it's created a lot of publicity (for us). 2) Since then, we've been writing new songs in the studio and we've also ...
April 3, 2012

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Can I finish the mail with this sentence, Thank you very much for your cooperation. Have a good Easter. or I take/seize the opportunity to wish you all the best for Easter. Best regards, I included a sentence I need to translate: Last week we did an interview (also we went for...
April 3, 2012

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I urgently need you to check this mail, Writeacher. I also included a few other sentences. Thank you very much. 1)I'm Mr. ....., the father of ...,who will be taking a summer course in Oxford from ... to.. 2) I just wanted to know if you have received all the required ...
April 3, 2012

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I forgot to include the following things. Thank you very much for helping me! 1) Overgrown ( a place overgrwon by jungle) Synonym: covered (?) 2) a spectacular city. Synonym: a prominent/outstanding/striking (which is best?) 3) Tourists are amazed at the scale of the place. ...
April 2, 2012

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Writeacher, I used one of the website you suggested to me. I made a few changes and I need your revision. In particular question 2 1) What is Siem Reap like and why do most people visit Siem Reap? (It is a small town near the world famous... People visit it because it is a ...
April 2, 2012

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Could you please tell me if the instructions are possible? I included a few more things. 1) Complete the following sentences with the appropriate form of the verbs in the box + a reflexive pronoun (8 pts.) 2) Jack would like to know you better. Answer his questions. 3) Have ...
April 2, 2012

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A few more things.Thank you. “Why don’t we go to the seaside for the weekend?” he asked (us). He proposed going to the seaside. He proposed that we should go...(??) Can you tell me if the names below are female or male names? Thank you. Helen (F) Ellie (f) ...
April 1, 2012

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A last question. Can you please check these sentences? 1) “Would you like to go for a motorbike ride?” he said to me. 2) “What about making pizza for dinner?" he said. (or asked?)
April 1, 2012

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Thank you, Writeacher. Just a question on punctuation. “Would you like to go for a motorbike ride uphill?”, he said to me. 2) “Shall I phone Mary for you?,” said Bill. 3) “If I were you, I’d leave tomorrow morning,” he said. Is the position ...
April 1, 2012

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I left out the following sentences. Can you please check them, too? 1) “Congratulations for passing your driving test”, Peter said to me. He congratulated (me) on/for passing my driving test. 2) “I’m terribly sorry I dropped your glasses on the floor”...
April 1, 2012

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Writeacher, the website you suggested to me for reading comprehension is excellent but the texts are too short. They should be twice as long. Do you have other ideas?
April 1, 2012

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Writeacher, thank you very much for giving me advice. Can you please tell me if my sentences are possible? 1) "What about making pizza for dinner”,he said. He suggested making pizza for dinner. 2) “OK. It was me who broke the vase”, she said. She admitted ...
March 31, 2012

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I can't send you my post. I hope this time I can. 1) Rewrite the following sentences using wish (I think I need to express this better). 2) She is not here with me. (I wish she were here with me) I couldn't talk to her. (I wish I could have talked to her). I didn't...
March 31, 2012

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I left out the following sentences on the third conditional. 4) She was angry with me. I didn't tell her the truth.
March 31, 2012

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Thank you very much, Writeacher. Can you also suggest to me short reading comprehension (to be done in 15 minutes) with a set of comprehension questions at the end (intermediate level) ? Can you check if my sentences to turn into indirect speech are possible? 1) “Would ...
March 31, 2012

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Writeacher, I need your help to find exercises on the following grammar topics: 1) Defining and non-defining relative clauses. (e.g. two sentences to combine ...) 2) Wish (+ simple past, past perfect, would + inf.) 3)Indirect speech (reporting verbs such as apologize, remind, ...
March 30, 2012

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