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Topic: My favorite toy is the teddy bear/is teddy bears.
Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2019 1:27:26 AM
Dear SB:

This is a very common question I get from non-Native speakers and teachers.

My favorite toy is a________?

My favorite toy is a teddy bear. You could also say My favorite toy is the teddy bear but only if you mean a specific teddy bear. otherwise I would still say #1 is best.

This is the most correct answer. Teddy bears implies more than one. So to indicate it's only one you use "a" and then we know you mean only one. However if you were to have more than one then you would say, My favorite toys are teddy bears. Again you need to notice toy is singular whereas toys are plural.

Finally, #3 is not correct. We use is for one item and are is for more than one. If I use the plural bears then I need to use are not is.

Carrot/Carrots is a little different, are you implying you have ONE carrot then it's singular. If you have more than one then you use carrots. I don't think anyone would say "the" carrot because it seems weird to have a specific carrot in mind. A carrot is okay but not in the answer you have chosen it's awkward. You would say My favorite vegetable are carrots. This is the most correct.

I hope this makes sense. If not feel free to ask more.

LR



"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Peter Kyle: MP with dyslexia hits back at 'spelling police'
Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 6:01:52 PM
Time has proven social media does more damage than good. It has not proven to be worth the cost in so many ways. The incidents of suicide among teenagers is higher today and one cause is social media. I think that fact alone should make us all think twice about this and consider if it's worth it. I for one have no desire to ever be on social media sites like Facebook, etc. I am grateful I live where I live because I am not pressured to succumb to it. While some might consider posting to a site like this a form of social media I just consider it something I can pick and choose to do, however, there are times when I have to ask myself why I do it. LOL....stepping off my soapbox now.

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Peter Kyle: MP with dyslexia hits back at 'spelling police'
Posted: Monday, October 28, 2019 8:22:26 PM
Dear Thar:

As someone who has dealt with a family member who has dyslexia I have a profound respect for the MP and what he has achieved. Who among us has not found spelling difficult at times??? I am a teacher and I teach English and sometimes I have problems spelling words. I am college educated (so what) mistakes happen.

Thank you for this post...thanks also for your diplomacy in it's posting. I have just recently had to deal with the new reality of social media and the future to come. I just faced off with 20 angry parents (these are the ones who took the time to show up in person to complain) out of 65 who complained on social media but wouldn't talk in person. They didn't like my teacher and demanded another teacher or their money back. I am pleased to say the teacher will stay and they will leave. I will not be cowed into doing something because of a group of "terrorist" parents who are not reasonable.

The new future of social media is to create a new form of domestic social terrorism, demanding but not willing to resolve problems or be reasonable. It's a shame. I have said it before and I will state it again..social media is NOT your friend. Social media is creating a generation who won't grow-up and can't deal with adulthood. Don't take my word for it...generational research is proving it.

For anyone that is interested please read the book by Jean M. Twenge, PhD entitled "i-Gen - Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood*" * and What That Means for the Rest of Us.

I did not make that title up...

Dr. Twenge nails it and even offers up solutions at the end. As a teacher, this new generation has issues unlike previous ones and their parents are a large part of the problem. We have "snowflakes" being raised by "helicopters" and heaven forbid if the poor kid has a learning issue, somehow it's the teacher's fault. Sorry, I will get off my soapbox...but thanks again for an article that I hope will raise people's awareness of the problem with social media and how it is so destructive.

LR

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Mike or anyone who can help me
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 6:06:45 PM
Dear TFD:

THANK YOU SO MUCH.....YIPPEE...HARD WORK AND IT'S BACK...THANKS AGAIN

I had about given up...and not sure why it did this...but thank you.

Best gift for Teacher's Day ever!

Dancing

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Mike or anyone who can help me
Posted: Monday, September 9, 2019 5:59:56 AM
OKAY

I somehow managed to get back into my OLD account...but I lost my streak of over 750 days. Can I please get that back? I realize this is not the end of the civilized world but it wasn't my fault that this happened. I am not even sure how it happened but it was some sort of glitch. Glad to have my account back...but I was really pretty excited about having over 750 days

LRai

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Just Clicking Around the Internet ROTFLMAO
Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 5:29:16 PM
Dear Hope:

Thanks, but I find people like me and Romany are probably just looking for work...gotta pay the bills..LOL No adventure here...sorry.

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Birthright citizenship - Yrump strikes again
Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 1:27:23 AM
Romany:

I did that because the people who "play" this game want to be Chinese when it is a benefit to them and then claim the other country when that benefits them. The Chinese government has decided to put an end to this game.

Therefore "citizen" hmmm, which country? I know what I mean by that term. I am a US Citizen who lives abroad at the mercy of my host country who can kick me out without any reason and without warning. I will go back to the US at that point but I am not now or ever will be a Chinese citizen. Even if China were to grant me "resident" green card status, I will not be a citizen and I have NO citizen rights.

It's humorous, I do pay taxes here, but I get No benefits. However in the US illegals pay no taxes and can access many benefits that should be given to citizens only. I am not by any means saying this to be hurtful...just truthful. If the US took a page from China in regards to non-citizens maybe things back home would calm down. Again, just my 2 cents.

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Just Clicking Around the Internet ROTFLMAO
Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 1:15:47 AM
Hope:

Deng Xiaoping once said "China is socialism with unique Chinese characteristics"...I've been here 12 years and I call it social-capitalism on steroids.

LR

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Just Clicking Around the Internet ROTFLMAO
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2019 5:33:17 PM
Just FYI...

If you have never seen this, it's worth the 5 minutes...

https://www.boredpanda.com/corporation-economies-explained-cows-ecownomics/?utm_source=cn.bing&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=organic

While this example is used to explain "economics" in very simple terms it can also be used to understand competing systems of "rule"....

Personally, I think the founders of the USA are doing back flips in their graves seeing how messed up things have gotten with a system they struggled to create and thought was fairly "bullet-proof" in it's design.

The actual constitution is an amazing document...however time and corruption have taken their toll on it. Just my 2 cents

Here is another version of the link for those who can't make it work:

Read the entire list of 15 economic models as told through “cows”. . .
https://washingtonnote.com/2_cows_economic/

SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbour.

COMMUNISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you some milk.

FASCISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk.

NAZISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and shoots you.

BUREAUCRATISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then throws the milk away…

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.
Later, you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has dropped dead.

VENTURE CAPITALISM – AN ICELANDIC CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by
your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated
general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows.
The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island
Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven
cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows,
with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States,
leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release. The public then
buys your bull.

A FRENCH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You go on strike, organise a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty
times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called ‘Cowkimon’ and market it worldwide.

A GERMAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a month, and milk themselves.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are.
You decide to have lunch.

A RUSSIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
You count them again and learn you have 2 cows.
You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka.

A CHINESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity.
You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You worship them.

A BRITISH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
Both are mad.

— Steve Clemons

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"
Topic: Birthright citizenship - Yrump strikes again
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2019 5:15:27 PM
Hope:

China has told it's "Citizens" if you enter China on your China passport and then get into trouble, you are Chinese and don't ask your "other" country to bail you out. The US agrees and has told "dual" holders that ONLY if they enter China using their US passport can they ask for US help. It's sort of made people think twice about playing the "dual" game.

LR

"Your life matters more than you will ever know, so live it well"

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