Expector Smith's Blog (218)

Why are those blogs featured?

Yes, a blog mod or the admin may try to feature some of the blogs posted here every day.

You may have wondered why your blogs failed to be featured or why some of the blogs are featured!

A blog mod may tend to feature the blogs that are readable, interesting, with few or no grammar mistakes. Yes, you bet the blogs must be written by MyEC members themselves, not copied from the Internet or plagiarized. Featured blogs may not be related to English learning or teaching but there…


Added by Expector Smith on October 30, 2017 at 13:30 — 33 Comments

Onee, the other blog moderator

OneeYes, Onee is now a blog moderator. Congratulations!

It makes sense we have an additional blog moderator -  there are so many blogs posted here on MyEC every day, and sometimes I have difficulty adding comments or moderating blogs.

Onee has been an active member here - she enjoys reading and commenting on blogs, and she has also published a lot of interesting blogs. I really appreciate it!

So, I'm…


Added by Expector Smith on October 17, 2017 at 14:00 — 40 Comments

Add Comment - Technical Help

Yes, I've been having difficulty adding comments. You may have experienced the same issue.

It may have something to do with NING by which MyEC is powered - it seems NING has always been making some changes here.

Sometimes I need to click on the 'Add Comment' twice or more times before I can see the comment. It can be so frustrating, though - I hope everything will be back on track again!

That's why I suggest you 'strike while the iron is…


Added by Expector Smith on October 6, 2017 at 13:30 — 20 Comments

There are always other ways of expressing the same idea

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…


Added by Expector Smith on September 10, 2017 at 10:00 — 11 Comments

I can't imagine life without MyEC

Yes, I'm so addicted to blogs here on MyEC - I bet you can tell, can't you?

For me, no day is complete without checking on the blogs! I enjoy being the blog moderator of MyEC - such an honour! As the blog mod, I'm supposed to keep an eye on the blogs. 

Most of the time, the Blogs are so enjoyable or inviting, though sometimes the Blogs are not so comfortable - lots of spams, ads for 'essays' or 'dissertations'. 

I enjoy reading blogs and comments. You…


Added by Expector Smith on August 8, 2017 at 14:00 — 20 Comments

Short blogs with a lot of comments

Yes, what I'm trying to say is, it will be more enjoyable if MyEC is full of short blogs, on which a lot of comments are added. 

Why short blogs? It seems nowadays people tend to read what is short - they no longer enjoy lengthy articles or blogs. It takes time to read something long, but they can't find the time to read among the hustle and bustle

Then, why a lot of comments? It's no fun writing blogs with no or only a few comments added -…


Added by Expector Smith on August 6, 2017 at 4:00 — 10 Comments

If you really know what you want to share or express

Yes, I'm trying to say that a blog may occur if you really know what you want to share or express. 

A blog is just about what you really want to tell us or talk about.

You may want to share an interesting story or experience; you may want to express an idea or feeling; you may want to tell us you are trying to understand what just happened, or you may want to talk about something so popular yet controversial.

Three things should be kept in mind when you try to…


Added by Expector Smith on August 5, 2017 at 16:00 — 9 Comments

It may have something to do with the smartphone

Yes, a smartphone is a mobile phone that can be used as a small computer.

A smartphone that connects to the Internet can be so versatile that you don't really need a desktop or laptop. It seems eveybody here in China has such a smartphone - they read, watch or write on their phone whenever they have leisure or spare time, whether on the underground or metro, or in the line or queue, or even walking. 

That is to say, they have spent so much time learning or playing on their…


Added by Expector Smith on August 3, 2017 at 11:00 — 19 Comments

One blog per week

Yes, I mean we should try to write at least one blog each week - the more the better, though.

It makes sense because only when you write can you know you still need to make an effort to learn English - chances are, you'll still make mistakes when writing in English. It may seem there is nothing more to learn when you don't write. 

Why not write one right now while you're still here or still hanging out on MyEC? I assume you may have run out of…


Added by Expector Smith on July 8, 2017 at 14:00 — 14 Comments

Expector's Tips on English Usage (14): but + (to)

Yes, 'but' can be followed by an infinitive without 'to', when 'but' means 'except', for example, 'We did nothing but read the book', or 'There is nothing to do but take a rest'.

You can say 'I can't (help) but laugh', instead of 'I can't help laughing'. 

However, 'no choice/alternative' can be followed by the 'to'-infinitive, so you say 'I have no choice but to quit'.

You need to use the 'to'-infinitive…


Added by Expector Smith on June 25, 2017 at 6:00 — 10 Comments

I bet you still miss Tara

Yes, Tara is no longer the administrator of MyEC, but she never really leaves MyEC. Did you notice 'English Club Latest'? Yes, that's where you can 'Listen to News'!

I've noticed so many members here mentioned Tara in their blogs, which may imply they still miss her. They have reason to do so. Tara is a great teacher - we have learned a lot from and…


Added by Expector Smith on June 10, 2017 at 4:00 — 18 Comments

Why leave MyEC while your English still needs improving?

Yes, I have noticed some of our active members have left MyEC. The thing is their English still needs improving; that is, they quit too early. 

Our members have reason to leave or stay. Some members may have left just because they tired of learning English here. It can be so frustrating when you find your English hasn't improved so much as you may have expected. It takes a lot of time and effort to master English, though - having learned English a long time doesn't mean you have a…


Added by Expector Smith on May 30, 2017 at 15:00 — 30 Comments

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…


Added by Expector Smith on May 10, 2017 at 15:00 — 11 Comments

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…


Added by Expector Smith on April 28, 2017 at 14:00 — 13 Comments

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…


Added by Expector Smith on April 15, 2017 at 2:00 — 3 Comments

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 — 4 Comments

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…


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

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…


Added by Expector Smith on April 3, 2017 at 13:30 — 9 Comments

EC's ESL Forums

Yes, 'EC' is the abbreviation for 'Englishclub', while 'MyEC' stands for 'myEnglishclub'.

I used to spend so much time learning English on EC until 'MyEC' was created by EC's founder Josef Essberger- I really enjoyed the time spent on EC, which is probably the best website to learn English. 

I'd recommend EC's ESL Forums to you. Some of…


Added by Expector Smith on March 4, 2017 at 2:30 — 6 Comments

Expector's Tips on English Usage (11): the whole of London

Yes, you say 'the whole of London', not 'the whole London'. 

You should use 'the whole of', not 'the whole', before proper nouns and pronouns, for example, you say 'the whole of Europe', 'the whold of it', etc. 

So, if you say 'I've eaten the whole cake', I may ask 'Have you really eaten the whole of it?' - not 'the whole it'. 

You also use 'the whole of' before another determiner, such as 'my', 'this', 'the'. You say 'the whole of my life', 'the whole…


Added by Expector Smith on March 4, 2017 at 2:00 — 5 Comments

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