I bet you know what I'm trying to convey. Yes, I mean you can try to express the same idea in English with a different way, instead of the way that you may think is the only natural or right way.

For example, you can use 'amazing', 'excellent', 'fantastic', 'terrific', 'well down' or 'good job', instead of 'good' or 'nice'. You can say 'an extremely hot day' instead of 'a sweltering day' if you can't remember the word 'sweltering', which is what you really want to use.

It can be so monotonous, dull or boring to use the same thing all the time - that is to say, you should try to change from time to time when you are writing or speaking. You can use another word, sentence structure, expression or a synonym instead - don't repeat the same one again and again.

The thing (or the problem) is, you are not always so sure if an expression is as natural or acceptable as the one you are familiar with. You may tend to use what is said or used by native English speakers - you may think it's safe to do that.

You have to risk making mistakes, though, because you can't make sure every sentence you made is natural. Chances are, you've been helping create sentences or exprssions that are never used by native speakers - you should try to make sentences that are at least grammatically correct when in doubt.

Be creative or confident - try to express whatever you're trying to say the way that comes to mind.

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  • English learners are averagely afraid of making mistakes, yet those who are brave enough won't end up in vain. Be creative, bold, and confident.

  • Thanks, Fizzy!

  • i usually used simple wording .. maybe i should change my writing.. Thanks for the tips Expector Smith.
  • Thanks, andy!

  • Hope to read your new blog again

  • Thank you  andy!

  • So helpful and encouraging, many thanks and hope to see your next blog.
  • Hi Evangelina,

    Yes, you are supposed to show some courtesy when you reply to comments on your blog - fortunately, there are plenty of means of sounding polite. In practice, you don't need to start or end each comment with 'thank you' or 'thanks' when you're replying.

    It's true that some words are easy to remember while some are so hard to memorize. I wish I could remember all the words I saw:))

  • Expector Smith,

    So, in other words you just encouraged us to be, courageous and creative, and not hesitate that much with experimenting putting together different kind of words.

    Some words are more appealing than others, therefore we remember them easily.

    I could really need a little inspiration to how to reply comments, because it can sound so monotonous and mechanical just replying this way;

    "Thank you I appreciate it" ... and so on, I feel so, when I reply comments.

    Thank you for this post, Expector Smith - You always have a positive and good way of encouraging us all.
  • @Bob

    Great to see your comment. Yes, it may have something to do with vocabulary - we failed to use the exact word and used another one instead.


    Yes, try to be creative - it may turn out to be the best expression for the situation, you never know:)



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