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Yes, I mean 'top members', not 'star members'. Just as you know, it's hard to choose the monthly star members, especially when we're trying to choose someone who's never been chosen as a star member.
The thing is some of the star members may not have been aware they were star members because they didn't visit MyEC much - they were't really active members and other members didn't think they deserved it. That's to say, some of the star members are controversial.
My friends! Today I will tell you when and how to use the gerund correctly. The gerund is a part of speech combining the features of a noun and a verb. In the direct sense of the word, it is a noun from the front and a verb from behind. It means that we may use some prepositions and possessive pronouns before…Continue
Yes, the 2016 Rio Olympics is over. The United States and the United Kingdom, both of which speak English, have won the most gold medals.
The US is almost always at the top of the Olympic medal counts - the Rio Olympics is no exception. To my surprise, the UK is number two on the list, not China or Russia or Germany.
So, English wins - maybe because both of them speak English.…Continue
My friends! I have decided to post a series of blogs dedicated to the phrasal verbs. You see, most of the phrasal verbs are not idioms at all, they are just combinations of a verb and an appropriate preposition. Today I will tell you about the phrasal verbs with OFF and UP. First of all, you should realize what…Continue
This is on the motivation of Tanya's writing challenge.
This is also in response to Expector's writing challenge, because it pertains the reported as well as direct narration.
The twilight was in the offing, (it had already started getting dark), when I started driving to the beach. I moved towards the rock where I was used to sitting. No, I do not get scared if the…Continue
Hi, my dear friends! I was out for some time, but I am back and would like to propose you one more easy challenge for you to warm up a little. In this challenge, you should write a short story (very short as I am still very busy) using both or any of the given…Continue
My friend Anju and I were standing in line to book tickets for a movie. It was getting longer than we expected and Anju was getting annoyed.
She told me that she would go to the inquiry desk and ask why they hadn't opened the office yet. …Continue
Yes, when you want to quote someone's words or thoughts, you can do it in two ways: 'direct speech' (quoting the exact words that were said) or 'reported speech' or 'indirect speech' (without quoting the exact words).
In reported speech, the tenses, pronouns and other words may be different from those in the original sentence, for example:
She said (to me), 'I love you.'
She said that she loved…Continue
Do you have someone in your life whom you are truly thankful for? Someone who blends warmth and love like a blanket for your soul? Sadly sometimes those people we love most do not hear enough of our gratitude. Well today I have decided to just blurt out some of those nice gooey facts about this person and openly make a declaration of why I am thankful for my hubby!
#1 Laughter...his zany sense of humor makes the good times so great and the bad times so much…Continue
Hi, my dear friends! I think it is about time to propose you one more grammar test. At Onee’s request, I will ask you to fill in the correct prepositions. You have two weeks to complete this test. So, there you go!
It is interesting to see that EC members are talking about each other. They are posting blogs about the EC members. When EC members leave EC, they hardly think about their friends who are going to miss them. Maybe they think but they have no solution of this problem. They have their own priorities in the real world that is not abnormal.
This fact cannot be denied that we all are connected as we connect with our friends in real world. We share our emotions with each other which is not…Continue
Reading Mary and Onee-chan's blogs about MyEC members makes me wondering what had happened to a few older members of MyEC. Once upon a time, their presence coloured MyEC with their blogs, forums and even chat room. Now, hardly any members remember them. They are no longer the flavour of the month. How flitting their presence in this virtual world it seems.
I wonder, does anyone really know anyone in this parallel universe which we call virtual world? When, and not if, we leave MyEC,…Continue
Good morning, all MyEC friends...
How are you doing? Wish you all pretty well. ^_^
OK, I will shorten my prelude greetings. :D After reading MARY'S awesome blog, here I just want to add some more questionnaires. I put…Continue
Aloha lovely EC people! ^_^
How cool is to find lately lot of EC people suggesting interesting games for us? I come to EC and feel like playing board games with family (the only difference is that here is not my granny trying to cheat in every game hahaha)…Continue
Learning as a natural way.
I aspire to be fluent in English but have a very strange allergy to learning English Grammar. Besides learning grammar, I afraid spent most of my time making acquaintance with the grammar rules, which was boring, besides this I feel long time of studying grammar only killed my talent and made my brain frozen. Besides such sensation, I have a tendency to get careless with taking challenge where grammar is involved except taking…Continue
The village was getting ready to welcome Justina who won the gold medal in women's 200M freestyle swimming and in 100m backstroke in the Olympics. Justina's father was overwhelmed by her success. Justina is a 17 year old high School student. Besides swimming, Justina likes windsurfing and skiing. Everyone in Justina's family went to the airport to welcome Justina, except her disabled mum. At the airport the…Continue
There were so many friends, who came and went in my life without being noticed, but Ahmed left long lasting impression on me. He used to sit beside me at the same desk during the class. He always encouraged me whenever I hesitated to do anything new. When I performed bad, all the classmates laughed at me except him. Besides this, he always told me very confidential matters without fear of being betrayed.…
Yes, you're quite right, the two words (besides and except) are often confused - 'besides' means 'in addition to' or 'as well as', while 'except' means 'not including'.
Be careful, don't confuse 'besides' with 'beside' - the latter means 'next to' or 'at the side of'.
Right, I should have mentioned 'apart from', which can be used with either meaning (including or excluding). I'd add 'other than', which means 'not including' or 'without' (= 'except').
Sometimes you use…Continue
Once upon a time, there was an unjust Arab king. He had a hunchback. He did not want anyone to call him a hunchbacked man, if anyone dared, he would be headed. His people did not dare to call him so. One man said that he would call him a hunchback man. The people told him to be wise and not to do so. The king would kill him. He told them to watch and listen to him. The next day, he went up to the king. He greeted the king and said, "you are our king. We will always honor…Continue