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Strange Love

Well this is my first blog here... I already started write blogs since 2012 but I had no courage to publish and let people read it. But now, I find my self enjoy to write and publish it (I would love it if you correct the grammar/vocab). Frankly, I never want to let everybody knows this story but I need your perspective to help me open my mind :)

Love is something that will never run out for discussion. Even the famous people will raise the theme of love for their creation (song,…

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Added by Diah on May 21, 2017 at 1:00 — 26 Comments

Some Explanations: Not only...But Also, As Well As, Both

My friends, I decided to post this blog to explain how to use so called inclusives as the sentence with one of them causes a lot of problems on my current test. I came across such mistakes in many blogs and it is time to tell you about such constructions.

The expressions not only ... but also, both ... and, and as well as mean in addition to. Like entities must be used together (noun with noun, adjective with adjective, etc.). All forms must be parallel.…

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Added by Danny Clark on May 14, 2017 at 15:30 — 17 Comments


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Try guessing the meaning of the word

Yes, I mean you could try guessing the meaning of a word that is unfamiliar to you. In fact, that is one of the reading skills. That is, you can try to understand what a sentence or paragraph means without looking up the unfamiliar words in the dictionary. 

Try guessing the meaning of the words highlighted in bold:

1. 'The patient's care may be jeopardized, and the patient may be harmed.'

2. 'The health professional has a right to financial…

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Added by Expector Smith on May 10, 2017 at 15:00 — 7 Comments

Find and Correct the Mistakes XVIII (Upper-Intermediate/Advanced)

My friends, I hope you have had some rest from my grammar tests. So, I am back with my next grammar task for you not to relax completely. This time I have decided to add some Subjunctive and inversion. Please, be attentive as this test is not a piece of cake. You know my mistakes are unpredictable and there are a…

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Added by Danny Clark on May 6, 2017 at 12:00 — 97 Comments

Blog 01: Eloquence

Well, well. Now that you have been learning English for a long time and you can speak English fluently, what would you do next?

I would say, my dear, go for eloquence. 

Is the word new to you?

Yes, then let me introduce you to the charming skill of English language, Eloquence. 

Eloquence is adding charm to the speaking skills. 

Have you ever heard Barak Obama addressing a crowd or talking with a person and you feel the charm in his way of talking, his word…

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Added by Fata Morgana on May 1, 2017 at 9:30 — 23 Comments


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Blog Challenge: Sentence Structure

Yes, it makes sense to know sentence structure since a blog or an article is made of sentences - only when you can make sentences can you compose a piece of writing. 

Indeed, there are just 4 types of sentences: simple sentence, compound sentence, complex sentence, compound-complex sentence. For…

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Added by Expector Smith on April 28, 2017 at 14:00 — 12 Comments

Writing Challenge: A Spring Fairy Tale

My dear friends, I do know many of you live in the tropical zone and have seen different seasons on TV only. But just imagine that nature goes to sleep for a few months. There is no greenness, no flowers, no bird singing. There are just naked trees and snowdrifts all around. Nature is resting…

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Added by Danny Clark on April 18, 2017 at 17:14 — 24 Comments


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Expector's Tips on English Usage (13): the bike was/is/has been stolen

Yes, I'm going to talk about 'the passive of perfective verbs'. 

The passive or passive voice is formed with the different tenses of 'be' and the past particle of a verb, for example, we can say 'My bike was stolen'. You may wonder if you can say 'My bike is stolen'?

Good question! My answer is yes. If you use the past tense 'was', you're emphasizing the action - you mean your bike was stolen by someone, yesterday or any day in the past. When…

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Added by Expector Smith on April 15, 2017 at 2:00 — 5 Comments


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The 'adding' problem has been resolved

Yes, it's good news for those who have problems adding comments or new blog posts. 

I take my hat off to Josef and his technical team, who managed to find what was wrong with the adding and to solve the problem. 

Try adding a comment or a new blog post to see if it works for you too!

Added by Expector Smith on April 14, 2017 at 13:00 — 3 Comments

Writing Challenge: If I Were an Inventor

Well, my last challenge was just a joke as it was posted on Fool's Day and only a few people decided to tell us something humorous and funny. However, most of their jokes and pranks were really good. Here are my special thanks to Rose and Bet who posted very funny…

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Added by Danny Clark on April 10, 2017 at 13:07 — 16 Comments


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Expector's Tips on English Usage (12): anyone trying to...

Yes, I'm talking about 'participle clauses'. Don't confuse 'participle' with 'particle', though - participle is the form of a verb that ends with '-ed' or '-ing'. 

Adjectival participle clauses are like relative clauses, for example, "Anyone trying to move the stone will get injured." (= Anyone who tries/is trying to move the stone will get injured.)

What I really want to convey, however, is that 'adjectival participle clauses can only be used…

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Added by Expector Smith on April 8, 2017 at 2:30 — 8 Comments

Quarrel

Next day, I avoided him. Weren't we doing it all the times? Avoiding each other. But he approached me first. Sitting next to me while I was enjoying myself with popcorn and movie on my laptop.

He said no words. I was so sure he wanted to talk but he didn't. He knew I mad.

I took my phone, opened photo gallery and showed it to him. He glanced on it and ask "You made this?"

"Nope, my boyfriend did" I put it back.

Again the silence. It was really annoying if only I wasn't get… Continue

Added by Peppo on April 5, 2017 at 8:25 — 8 Comments


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English is the only language you should use here

Yes, I mean you shouldn't use any other language here. 

I know your first language is not English, and your first language or mother tongue may even be considered to be the most beautiful language in the world. Besides, you may be so good at it or you may think your language is so effective in expressing a complex or subtle thought. Nevertheless, don't be tempted to use it here on MyEC - since MyEC is a website created for you to learn or teach English.

If you can't write…

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Added by Expector Smith on April 3, 2017 at 13:30 — 10 Comments

Expector can't add comments

Sorry I was absent so long from MyEC, but I can't add comments - I can see your blogs, but 'Cancel' appears if I try to leave a comment. Even Josef has no idea what's wrong with my account. That's driving me up the wall or I was banging my head against a brick wall. 

Yes, I've just signed up with a new account. It seems I can add comments now under the new one - what a relief! You won't recognize how disappointed you are until you can't add comments…

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Added by Expector1 on March 31, 2017 at 23:30 — 17 Comments

Find and Correct the Mistakes XVII (Upper-Intermediate)

My friends, I have explained almost all I could. I will go on posting the explanatory blogs if somebody reads them. I have added some other constructions, but the idea is for you to lean something new. Again, you should concentrate on the nonfinite forms, but there are also other…

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Added by Danny Clark on March 31, 2017 at 17:30 — 110 Comments

Find and Correct the Mistakes XVI (Upper-intermediate)

Well, here is your new task. This test is mostly on the nonfinite forms, but there are also some other mistakes. So, be attentive, please! You know what to do.

  1. You know English enough well so that you can write great blogs.
  2. My suit wanted to clean, so I went to the cleaner’s to remove…
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Added by Danny Clark on March 27, 2017 at 14:30 — 123 Comments

Writing Challenge: Who Am I? / Who Is She? / Who Is He? (edited version)

Do you like psychology?

Do you think, you know yourself the best or you may surprise or even shock yourself with some of your reactions? How do other people around you percieve you? What is your opinion on some of your EC friends? Can you…

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Added by Luci on March 18, 2017 at 13:00 — 35 Comments

Find and Correct the Mistakes XV (Upper-intermediate/Advanced)

My friends, I am posting my regular grammar test as I usually do at the beginning of the weekend. If you are tired of my tests, just tell me, but I see you are learning and most of you started writing much better as I do read your blogs and comments on different discussions. So, let's go on…

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Added by Danny Clark on March 17, 2017 at 14:30 — 91 Comments

Some More Explanations: Illogical Comparisons

Today I will tell you about illogical comparisons and how to avoid this mistake.

An illogical comparison is one in which unlike entities have been compared.

Here are the examples of the illogical comparisons, they all are incorrect:

His drawings are as perfect as his instructor.

(This…

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Added by Danny Clark on March 15, 2017 at 14:29 — 16 Comments

Let's Get FAMOUS !!!

Do you want to be popular??? Do you want to have fans and feel like a SUPERSTAR? If you are dying to become a famous Top EC Member, just read carefully and follow my few tips :-) Yeah...you are not dreaming, guys, I am here to make you Super Famous EC member Number 1!…

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Added by Luci on March 12, 2017 at 13:20 — 46 Comments

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Driving Through A Red Traffic Light :D

Started by Onee-chan in General Discussion. Last reply by Onee-chan 19 hours ago. 21 Replies

Hi dear all MyEC friends, :))Never think that I'm always obedient. :p I would like you to listen to this short story of mine.I was riding my motorbike and my friend was in front of me, with his own motorcycle. He was so fast and speeding far in…Continue

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Inspirational Quotes/ Life advices

Started by Sumeyra in General Discussion. Last reply by AsH on Monday. 28 Replies

I want everyone to kindly write inspirational moving quotes, life advices here  so that we all can learn a lesson and learn each other's point of view  and we can learn how we see life, what is our perspectiveContinue

What Are Your Favorite Activities On A Rainy Day?

Started by Tetyana in General Discussion. Last reply by Diah on Monday. 19 Replies

It's raining heavily in my place now....What are your favorite activities on a rainy day? What do you do to entertain yourself?Continue

What is your Favourite Smell?

Started by Tetyana in General Discussion. Last reply by ella yesterday. 27 Replies

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