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Tanya commented on Danny Clark's blog post Grammar Test V (Upper-Intermediate/ Advanced)
"Dear Bet, I seem to have explained this sentence but let me explain it again. A thief was holding a boy by the hand because the boy could escape. They came up to an old house whose owners had moved away long ago. As no one had been taking care of…"
2 hours ago
Tanya commented on MARY's blog post Choose the #5 blogs you wrote in EC that you like the most
"Dear Mary, I will gladly take part. It has been hard for me to choose only 5 blogs but I managed to  succeed at last. 1. National Ukrainian handicrafts, some more history and architecture.…"
5 hours ago
Tanya commented on Danny Clark's blog post Grammar Test V (Upper-Intermediate/ Advanced)
"Dear Onee, take your time!"
5 hours ago
Tanya commented on Danny Clark's blog post Grammar Test V (Upper-Intermediate/ Advanced)
"Dear Elen, 1 is almost correct. However, OFFICE is a singular countable noun, there must be some article. Besides, when we say that something/somebody long, tall, wide, old, etc. and mention measurement units, we construct a sentence like this: He…"
5 hours ago
Tanya commented on Danny Clark's blog post Grammar Test V (Upper-Intermediate/ Advanced)
"Dear Rose, you shouldn't delete anything"
Tanya commented on Danny Clark's blog post Grammar Test V (Upper-Intermediate/ Advanced)
"Well, Rose, excuse me, please! I do wonder that our learneres post their replies without reading our comments! It is not a contest or a cahmpionship, this blog is for you all to learn. 1. No, youe were expected to change the preposition after CALL.…"
Tanya commented on Danny Clark's blog post Grammar Test V (Upper-Intermediate/ Advanced)
"Dear Rose, I will ask Danny to reply when he is back home as you seem to understand his explanations better! LOL!"
Tanya commented on Danny Clark's blog post Grammar Test V (Upper-Intermediate/ Advanced)
"Mishaikh, No1 is wrong. CALL ON means VISIT. If we start a sentence with NO SOONER there must be the partial inversion like in a question. If we come an hour later, we should know how to say it using "TO BE LATE""
Tanya commented on Danny Clark's blog post Grammar Test V (Upper-Intermediate/ Advanced)
"Dear Rose, I can't see your comment. You might have deleted it"
Tanya commented on Danny Clark's blog post Grammar Test V (Upper-Intermediate/ Advanced)
"Mishaikh, No4 is incorrect. Your friend is married to a woman you don't like and you are sorry about that. WOULD RATHER must be followed by THAT clause containing a verb in the Subjunctive Mood."
Tanya commented on Danny Clark's blog post Grammar Test V (Upper-Intermediate/ Advanced)
"Dear Mishaikh, it is almost correct. "With his language" is surely wrong. As to the tenses,  "would be charged" is not bad but "had to be charged" is much better in this particular sentence."
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The legend about Kiev founders


ONCE UPON A TIME there was a royal family of three brothers. One was named Kiy, the second was Shchek, the third was Khoriv and they had a beautiful sister called Lybid. Their parents had been killed by invaders from the East and they were searching for a place to make a new home. When they arrived at the beautiful place where Kiev is located now and saw seven majestic green hills rising above the river , Kiy chose the place as their new home. Kiy and his brothers built a boat and then sailed across the broad and mighty Dnieper River towards the high green bank on the western side. But what should be the name of the new Metropolis? Kiy's brothers and sister decided to name the new city KIEV in honor of their strong and brave elder brother, Prince Kiy. Thus it was the City of Kyiv that was founded on the last weekend in May, in the Spring of the year 482 A.D.


Kiy ruled on the hill which is now called Borichev, Shchek settled on the hill which is now called Shchekovitsa, and Khoriv settled on the third one which after him was called Khorevitsa. And it was thus that they founded the great city over 1,500 years ago. In ancient days this was the land of the Trypilians, Cimmerians, Scythians, Sarmatians, Alans, Antae, Roxolanians and the legendary Amazon women. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus, "the Father of History" wrote that Hercules himself had founded this land. According to the legend here was the very place, the Starokievska Hill, where the Apostle Saint Andrew, centuries earlier came as a missionary to Scythia. He had raised a cross on the hills of Kiev and predicted that here a great city would rise one day with many churches to the glory of God. And so the prophecy was fulfilled. Merchants and craftsmen from far and wide soon gathered by the Dnieper River and settled in the Podol, the lower town, which became the center of commerce. Kiev slowly grew through the centuries.

It was in 988, five centuries after the founding, that Prince Vladimer baptisized his Slavic nation. It was here, where the broad street Khreshchatik still marks the place, that the people descended from the hills into the Dnieper River to be baptisized into the Orthodox religion by Greek priests from Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire.


The main Ukrainian cathedral

Prince Vladimer built the Desyatina Church, and in 1036 his son, PrinceYaroslav, built Saint Sophia (Holy Wisdom) Cathedral as a sister of the famous Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. Saint Sophia in Kiev became the Mother Church of Ukraine, and for a thousand years the immortal gold mosaic wall of the Virgin Oranta has been watching over Kiev. The Mongol invasion of 1240 and many others since then did not destroy this "invinsible wall" of Kiev. St. Michael the Archangel, protected this saving remnant of Kiev golden age. It was in the year 1187 that for the first time in history the historic chronicles mention the new name “Ukraine” for the ancient name of this land, which was Rus.


Centuries later, in 1492, the Cossacks of Ukraine, the famous Zaporozhians, came into history as defenders of the Orthodox Church and the Ukrainian nation from Tatar, Turkish, Polish and other invaders. And as Taras Shevchenko, the great poet, said in The Dream: "The First (Tsar Peter, The Great) racked my country dear, The Second (Catherine , The Second) gave the final blow, That brought my land to utter woe...


Shevchenko's "sad Ukraine" has now been reborn in the world "family of free nations". And this city of Kiev, the capital of the ancient Rus, which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world today, has become the great gold-topped capital of democratic, free and independent Ukraine.



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Onee's Writing Challange: The Breaking EC News

Posted on November 13, 2017 at 16:46 10 Comments

Hi, ladies and gentlemen! Here is the breaking news on our EC channel! Stay with us!

After returning to EC megalopolis, one of our favorite teachers suddenly changed his traditional orientation and started going nuts! His traditional learning blogs about idioms, phrasal verbs and grammar have been replaced by his sarcastic blogs deriding learners’ mistakes. He must have rested his brains somewhere in the jungle of the blunders he faces every day! He writes down all your…


Streetwear or Stylish Wear? What is in Fashion this Halloween?

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 17:00 30 Comments

Wearing a witch’s costume and high-heeled knee-long boots these days has reminded me of my favorite comfortable clothing I prefer to all others. This style won most of young hearts long ago but now it is about to become one of the most popular among people of any age.…


Luci's Halloween Challenge

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 17:00 27 Comments

My friends! My story is based on "Viy" story by the famous Ukrainian/Russian writer Nikolay Gogol. On the other hand, it is also based on my memories about your mistakes and Danny's blogs. So, there we go!



Grammar Test IV

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 13:00 98 Comments

Hi, my friends! It is time to post one more grammar test, isn’t it? You know what to do! You should correct all the mistakes without changing the meaning of my sentences. This test is not easy but it is not the toughest I can propose. So, here you are!

  1. At the bar I didn’t recognize the guy stared on me despite he rode the same with me cab.
  2. We were standing by window and watched the falling down snow.
  3. Serving the dinner, the committee went on to work.
  4. I…

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At 7:00 on October 9, 2017,

Dear my beautiful Teacher,

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At 10:03 on October 5, 2017, Hurieh said…

Dear Tanya, hi
I have an important EN exam today.
Could you answer this question?
Are these sentences true?
A: The woman who won Nobel prize is married.
B: The woman won Nobel prize is married.

A:I like fruits that smell fragrant
B: I like fruits smelling fragrant

At 8:58 on October 2, 2017,

Dear Teacher Tanya,

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At 15:57 on August 11, 2017, Roman said…
Thank you, Tanya, i will look this link later!
At 18:07 on August 6, 2017, Hurieh said…

Dear Tanya,
I'm sorry to hear this about our dear teacher! I was kidding when I said that he was not helpful. I explained it in my former comment! Though, I'm happy he is OK after all. Danny is a respectable teacher and his absence makes every one wonder why is that. Anyways, I hope we will see him on myEC soon. Please send my special hi to him.
Bests, Hurieh

At 13:45 on August 5, 2017, Hurieh said…

Dear Tanya,

Thanks so much for your kind reply. I can confidently say that you are much more helpful than your lovely hubby Danny! hahahaha

Once I asked him to proofread my paper. He even didn't bother to send back an e-mail and make an excuse! I bet you will back him and explain that he is too busy all the time!

I'm kidding! Please send my greteast salutations to him. 

Stay happy and fine all the time.

Bests, Hurieh.

At 16:31 on July 31, 2017, Roman said…

Thank you for such good words) I am glad to meet you Tanya!

At 17:11 on July 30, 2017, ELF-Noor said…
Hi Ma'am tanya,
I hope, you are fine.
Glad to see you around..

How is Sir danny, we are really missing his presence in MyEC. I hope, He will be fine and Happy in his life.

May You both live long and happy life..^.^
Stay blessed...:)
At 3:46pm on July 28, 2017, Baho ノエル gave Tanya a gift
At 17:41 on June 17, 2017, Seeker said…


I am fine. Thanks for asking!

Yes, I know Danny had left since I have read his last blog. Actually, I have not words to describe his selfless work for EC. I would like to hear from him again. I am not telling you this formally but really, it is my fervent wish. 


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