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Expector's Tips on English Usage (8): I was wondering

Yes, you can use the past progressive/continuous or past simple tense to make a request or suggestion sound more polite, for example, you can say "I was wondering/I wondered if you could comment on my blog", instead of saying "You should try to comment on my blog". 

In addition to 'I was wondering/I wondered', you could use 'I was hoping', 'I was thinking' or 'I thought' instead of 'I hope' or 'I think' to express politeness. That is to say, the past simple or progressive tense can…

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Added by Expector Smith on November 29, 2016 at 15:00 — 10 Comments

Amateur Event Organizer (My 30th blog attempt, thank you Lord)

Certainly, you’ve been a guest once, twice or multiple times in your life to an event, as mankind wants to celebrate almost every memorable moments under the sun, wedding, graduation, feast, birthdays, baptismal, death day… etc. etc. Have you noticed something? Look around you; can you imagine all corners of that venue? How does it look like? Is it well pleasing? Appropriately designed? The ambiance of the area fits the concept of the celebration? For sure it does! Well, the particular event…

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Added by Risty Aven on November 19, 2016 at 16:22 — 32 Comments


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It can be so tricky for a doctor to say goodbye to a patient

There are many ways to say goodbye: bye, see you, catch you later, so long, have a nice day, take care, cheers, and so on. 

It can be so tricky, however, for a doctor, especially for a Chinese doctor,  to say goodbye to a patient. As you know, 'goodbye' in Chinese just sounds like 'see you or see you around'. The thing is nobody really wants to be sick again - in other words, they don't want to see their doctor again, but the doctor and patient may feel like saying something when they…

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Added by Expector Smith on November 16, 2016 at 13:00 — 16 Comments


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Writing Challenge: A Traditional Dish

Welcome to my first ever writing challenge! I’ve been a fan of this activity since the day I became a member of our club as well as joined to countless of its versions. Many members have shown their initiative by coming up different topics to join with and improve our writing skills in a fun and engaging ways. It would be unfair as your video moderator if I’m not going to share a slice of my cake with you.

If my memory serves me right, we had this type of challenge before, but…

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Added by Robbie on November 13, 2016 at 5:00 — 20 Comments


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Expector's Tips on English Usage (7): managed to

Yes, 'managed to do something' means 'succeeded in doing somthing, especially something difficult'. If you say "I managed to write a blog yesterday", you mean you succeeded in writing a blog or were able to write a blog yesterday. 

You can't say "I could write a blog yesterday", though, because  'could' is not used to talk about particular ability in the past (on one occasion).

You can say, however,  "I could…

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Added by Expector Smith on November 11, 2016 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

Power or Money

The lady took her niece's hand and ushered her to sit next to her. She was in her late fifties. Her hair was gray and there were some wrinkles under her eyelids,  despite all that, she looked firm and commanding. She was rich, famous and powerful. Her husband died ten years ago leaving her no kids but a great fortune. She has been managing this for a long time. The companies that deal with the petrol were more than five major ones. Two in America, one was in Britain. For the  other…

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Added by dara gino on November 6, 2016 at 13:58 — 161 Comments


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Expector's Tips on English Usage (6): easy to learn

Yes, you can say "English is easy to learn." or "It's easy for us to learn English.", but you don't say "We are easy to learn or learn English."

You can use this structure if the subject of the sentence is also the object of the infinitive. So, you can say "He is easy to please." or "The book is difficult to read."

The adjective 'impossible' can be so tricky too, for example, you don't say "She is impossible to do that" -…

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Added by Expector Smith on November 7, 2016 at 11:00 — 10 Comments

My New Writing Challange: a Short Parable/Fable.

My dear friends! I know you all like posting blogs sending some positive meaningful messages. So, I propose you to train here. It is not that easy to write a good parable or a fable. First, it should be laconic but each phrase must be very meaningful. Like any story, it should have a plot, a…

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Added by Danny Clark on November 5, 2016 at 15:30 — 32 Comments


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Smartphone Helps in the Consulting Room

I've recently been working in a consulting room - in the VIP outpatient clinic of a hospital in China. Most of the patients in the VIP clinic are from other countries and can't speak Chinese. Thankfully, most of them speak English and bring a smartphone - that really helps.

Usually, patients have already searched their symptoms on the Internet with their smartphone before they go to see a doctor. That is, they'll go to hospital with in mind all of the…

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Added by Expector Smith on November 4, 2016 at 15:30 — 15 Comments


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Expector's Tips on English Usage (5): no doubt

Yes, 'no doubt' ('probably') means you assume that something is true or likely to happen - it sounds like 'I suppose', for example, 'No doubt Expector will give us another blog challenge soon.'

If you want to say something is certainly or definitely true, you use 'there is no doubt that'. You can say 'There is no doubt that your English has improved.' 

You can also use 'without (any) doubt' ('absoulately certain') to emphasize…

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Added by Expector Smith on October 27, 2016 at 0:00 — 10 Comments

10 English Phraseologies and Story Behind Them

Phraseology can be defined as the way a particular group of people uses words or phrases. In linguistics, phraseology can be defined as the study of set or fixed expressions, i.e. idioms, and phrasal verbs, which are collectively referred to as phrasemes, in which the major wording of the expression takes on another deeper meaning that would not have been predictable if the words were used independently. These are some of the…

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Added by Patrick Cole on October 20, 2016 at 11:30 — 6 Comments

The Outstanding Significance of the Air Pollution-Smog

Warning:The following article contains material that is too fake, viewer discretion is advised.

Having been living in the smog for more than 100 years, people in the planet finally found the truth that the smog was an invaluable possession human donated to the earth. There are many ways of taking advantage of the smog proved to be practical and…

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Added by Jade on October 17, 2016 at 13:53 — 10 Comments

5 Difficulties EFL Learners Face and What they Can Do About It

English is the most widely spoken language in the entire world. However, it is also challenging to learn, especially for foreign learners. The difficulty learners have depends on language or languages they know. English is easier to learn if a person already speaks a language with the same roots. Here we look at 5 difficulties English poses to those learning it as a foreign language and how they can fight these issues.…

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Added by Rick Riddle on October 10, 2016 at 10:47 — 2 Comments

Writing Challenge: Funny stories :p

Hi Guys,

what about to take some funny challenge? Well, let's test our sense of humour and try to make up some cool, hillarious posts! Are you up to it??? I will give you eight words and your (maybe also mine) task will be to use them in your blog:…

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Added by Luci on October 9, 2016 at 9:48 — 23 Comments


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Expector's Tips on English Usage (4): comma splice

Yes, it's a common mistake to link two independent clauses with a comma. That is called 'comma splice' or 'comma fault'.

You can use a period/full stop, a semicolon, or a comma with a coordinating conjunction to connect two independent clauses:

(comma splice/fault) "I went for a walk, she cooked a meal."

(correct) "I went for a walk. She cooked a meal."

(correct) "I went for a walk; she cooked a meal."

(correct) "I went for…

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Added by Expector Smith on October 7, 2016 at 7:45 — 9 Comments

Writing (100 Blogs)

It is wrong to think that one can write English by mastering a few rules of grammar. Rules of grammar do count, but they are not the whole. Thus, it's possible that one may write English which may be grammatically correct but may not be good English. Perspicuity or lucidity is the first requisite of a good style.



Most learners labour under the misunderstanding that the only English worth writing is the English overloaded with difficult words and phrases. They prefer long and… Continue

Added by Just Learner on October 5, 2016 at 17:30 — 11 Comments

Take a cup of tea and ignore everything

Not so happy for waking up early in the morning? After reading newspaper are you frustrated? Really at present the all newspapers are so busy to publish negative news. War, corruption, rape, robbery, murder is every pages is newspapers. So you have rights to be unhappy in the morning. How will be happy? May be for whole night there was not available electricity. You have sweated all the night for hot weather. You are so angry from morning. What to do…

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Added by Rajib on October 1, 2016 at 10:00 — 24 Comments

When Sapphire takes up extreme sport

I am not into extreme sport. Maybe because I haven't found a good chance to do that. The most impressive experience I have just when I try to do rafting. That day, with my friends we took up rafting activity when we were in holiday vacation out of town. I felt afraid when I was seeing the river in front of me. I saw its wave and seemed it was deep enough drowning me if I fell. However, finally, I decided to face my fear, because most of my friends seemed brave and excited. And I didn't want…

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Added by Sapphire on October 1, 2016 at 3:20 — 11 Comments


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Expector's Tips on English Usage (3): 'I don't think...'

Yes, you say "I don't think it is the case.", rather than "I think it is not the case.",  if you think something is not the case. 

That is, if 'think', 'suppose', 'believe' or 'imagine' is used to introduce a negative idea, you say 'I don't think...', 'I don't suppose...', etc. The usage is called 'transferred negation'. 

You also say 'I don't think so.', 'I don't suppose so.', etc - in a negative 'short answer' structure. 

The word…

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Added by Expector Smith on September 30, 2016 at 12:00 — 16 Comments

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A Negative Atmosphere Is Dwelling in EC Nowadays

Started by AG in General Discussion. Last reply by AG on Wednesday. 58 Replies

Hello Good People.. I just have a feeling that a negative atmosphere is dwelling here in EC nowadays. I don't know if somebody else shares me in this feeling.. I don't know what the reason is.. and I don't know how we can calm it down.. I created…Continue

Watch your back (pocket)!

Started by Jeffrey Raven in General Discussion. Last reply by Jeffrey Raven 5 minutes ago. 5 Replies

The other day, to pass the time, I was reading a little from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a play about the young "the star-crossed lovers" whose wild and socially forbidden romance ends in utter tragedy. Not that I read Shakespeare to…Continue

What is the true meaning of life?

Started by Risty Aven in General Discussion. Last reply by English learner 23 minutes ago. 117 Replies

I'm just wondering, are we here to live and to die? The dictionary defines life as the physical existence of humans and other living organisms. Is that so? the absence of physical/material aspect, tantamount to say that it's not life at all, isn't…Continue

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Forcing someone to comnent his or her blog

Started by Batuhan in General Discussion. Last reply by Luci yesterday. 14 Replies

I really hate when someone sends me messages over and over again to comment his or her posts.It is too irritating from my point of view.Whoever does this must stop doing that not to make people feel furiousContinue

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