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Today is January 19th, 2017. But, why do I still not see writing challenges or bunch of your wonderful thoughts on posts? :(( I only see a few of yours. :((( You see the number of blogs in this month is only 71 blogs (in statistics) until today.…Continue
The year of 2016 was started without Tara Benwell's presence in this wonderful site, MyEC. I was wondering how this site would run without her writing challenges or her encouragement for new members. Although her activities were not that much, she came once to thrice a week, but this beautiful admin always left good atmosphere here. The bloggers seemed quite thrilled to write various topics of blogs.…Continue
Well, reading and correcting your stories on my last challenges, I noticed some of you have true problems using nonfinite verbs, especially in the passive form. So, I am planning to post a few blogs…Continue
I have been following @EnglishClub on twitter from last November of 2016. A few days ago, I saw an article about English writing challenge which drew my attention and made me curious. I clicked the link and, I couldn't believe, an amazing thing happen. From three or four months I'm searching a site where I can write my mind and can share with others as I can get feedback from them. I failed to find any website like that. I have been using "Chat Room |…Continue
My dear friends! I haven't come up with any learning blogs for rather long, but today I am starting two new writng challenges. This one is dedicated to the rare uncommon words and some idioms we have guessed playing Jeopardy and Wheel. I have started such…Continue
Yes, this morning I failed to prescribe a patient any medicine. I didn't think the patient needed to take any medication for his back pain - I just suggested rest and hoped he'd feel better tomorrow. He agreed and left the clinic.
The pain was bearable and intermittent - it's likely the pain will ease itself. Besides, any medication has some side effects and abuse of medication is such a concern now. So, I decided not to prescribe him…Continue
The distance between Christmas and the New Year is about six days. In our country, our weekend is on Friday and Saturday. If Christmas is on Thursday, then we will work for three days. Again, on the first of January, it is also a holiday for us. It is the New Year's Day and it corresponds to our independence day. Shall we talk about twenty sixteen? It was, or rather has been a year of many conflicts and wars all over the world, as many members mentioned…Continue
New Year is around the corner and some people have already started thinking, if this year was beneficial or not, if they are satisfied with what they achieved, planned etc. In fact, we usually end up…Continue
Are you ready for the New Year? I hope so. Yes, the New Year is just around the corner, and I bet some of you can't wait to celebrate it!
You have to say goodbye to 2016, whether you enjoyed it or not - the year 2016 may be so eventful, unforgetable, impressive or so boring or dull for you. Also, you've spent another year here on MyEC and I hope you enjoyed every minute of your stay.
Don't let any year go without saying anything about it. I assume you must…Continue
Let’s go green! Welcome back for another writing challenge. This month I’d like you to write something about a blissful place. No, I’m not talking about your travel or recent vacation, but it’s much appealing than you think – a garden! Do you have one? Mine is a bit disorganized that’s why I’d like to challenge you to share about your garden or plants that you’ve been taking care of recently. We could find some inspiration and new ideas that’d be useful to…Continue
Yes, I mean 'You're completely right' by 'You're quite right'.
The word 'quite' has two meanings: with 'gradable' words, it means 'fairly', 'rather' or 'very'; with 'non-gradable' words, it means 'completely' or 'absolutely'.
In other words, you can use 'quite' to emphasize that something is completely the case. You can say 'I'm quite sure', 'It's quite impossible', or 'That's quite amazing'.
So, if I say 'I quite agree with you', I mean 'I agree with…Continue
HONE YOUR POETIC SKILL! :)
[NEW EDITED] Everybody has a feeling. If you pour it into poetry, it may become some wonderful thoughts for others. Whether you’re experienced or not, whether you’re skilled in poetry or not, please ignore and let’s try to make a poem. So, here is the challenge…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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" -…Continue
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…Continue