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Topic: which phrase sounds the most natural
Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 5:24:53 AM
Thank you very much, FounDit!


Sanmayce, I totally got your idea! Thank you!
Actually, there are two types of Алёна nowadays. In the majority of cases it exists now as an independant full name. But there are cases (like mine) when it is considered to be only one of the forms of Елена. So my full name is Elena - exactly as it is described in the articles you provided.

My elder brother named me because he wanted to have a sister "Алёнушка" (one more informal form). He named me after the famous Russian folklor character called "sister Alyonushka". But parents decided to register me as "Елена" cause the fullest form of the name would be in this case Елена Александровна (Aleksandrovna). And it sounds better than Алёна Александровна (according to them)))

That's the story.
Topic: which phrase sounds the most natural
Posted: Monday, October 15, 2018 3:18:22 AM
Thank you very much, Sanmayce!))
Especially for the "Алёничка Солнышко" part though it's Алёночка but anyway it's extremely sweet!)))
Topic: which phrase sounds the most natural
Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2018 3:00:11 PM
Well, first of all thank you for the answers!))

It's quite difficult to explain this idea in another language but I'll try))

What I want to say is:

It's easy to say "thank you" when someone helps you and as far as it's easy you have to do it! You should be polite.
And it isn't any harder to help somebody and get his "thank you". So you have to do something for other people, to help them and in return they will say "thank you.

Here it is in Russian:

Несложно сказать "спасибо", если тебе кто-то помог. И не чуть не сложнее помочь другому, чтобы тот в свою очередь сказал "спасибо" тебе.


I'm not sure if it's more understandable now 😀

Speaking about punctuation, I have to say, that the rules in my native language and in English are sooooo different. Look at the previous sentence and you'll understand. As in Russian we have a very strict and difficult punctuation "system" I don't really get how you guys put commas in sentences)) 😩
For example, in Russian you ALWAYS have to put commas before the word "but")

Topic: which phrase sounds the most natural
Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2018 10:12:14 AM
Hello!

Which of these phrases sounds the most natural to you? (If any)
How would you express this idea?


It’s not difficult to help somebody for him to say “thank you”.
It’s not difficult to help somebody to make him say “thank you”.
It’s not difficult to help somebody to hear him say “thank you”.


Thank you in advance!
Topic: Phrases describing “rain”
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 2:16:24 PM
Thank you, BobShilling!
Topic: Phrases describing “rain”
Posted: Sunday, October 7, 2018 10:11:12 AM
Thank you very very much, thar, FounDit and Sarrriesfan!
Topic: Phrases describing “rain”
Posted: Saturday, October 6, 2018 5:19:26 PM
Hello everyone!

I have a question about the following phrases describing “rain”

1. It's pouring (down).
2. It’s pelting down.
3. It’s lashing (down).
4. It’s tipping down.
5. It’s teeming down.
6. It’s beating down.
7. It’s sheeting down.
8. It’s coming down.
9. It’s coming down in torrents/sheets.
10. It’s coming down in stair rods.
11. It’s raining cats and dogs.
12. It’s chucking it down. (BrE-?)
13. It's bucketing down. (BrE-?)
14. It’s pissing down (sorry) Anxious

1. Is there any difference between “pouring” and “pouring down” as long as “lashing” and “lashing down”?
2. Are all these expressions really used?
3. Which of them are typically British?
4. If you know any other popular expressions, I’d be happy if you shared them with me.

Thanks a lot in advance!
Topic: present simple reporting verbs and time expressions
Posted: Friday, May 12, 2017 5:25:21 AM
Hello, everybody!



I've got a question concerning reported speech and exactly "present simple reporting verbs". Obviously, in this case we won't change the tense of the sentence but what about "time and place expressions". I know it depends, I'm just wondering about a general rule.

e.g. "I'll meet you tomorrow", says Carol.
e.g. Carol says she will meet me TOMORROW or the following day?

e.g. "I saw Fred yesterday".
e.g. He says he saw Fred yesterday or the day before?

Thank you in advance.
Topic: effort/efforts
Posted: Monday, September 12, 2016 6:00:42 AM
Hello everyone! Long time no see!

I know that the word "effort" can be treated like countable and uncountable at the same time but somethines I really can't see any difference.

To my mind it seems like this:
- effort - the energy you put somewhere;
- efforts - a number of attempts.

But what would you put in such a sentence?

The research into protozoa was completed on schedule thanks to the effort(s)?? of a person in charge.

Topic: how to ask these questions correctly
Posted: Monday, April 4, 2016 9:23:44 AM
Thank you very much, guys!!! I've taken into consideration your advice!

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