Category: Team Thoughts

Daily thoughts from team


Parallelism

Today we’d like to give you some tips on writing skills.

PARALLELISM

Always try to balance similar sentence structures especially around connectives. A good clause or phrase combines similar words phrases or clauses. Combine a noun with a noun, a verb with a verb etc. Here are example:

  1. INTELLIGENCE and HARD WORK are the keys to success….
  2. The shop keeper WEIGHED and PACKED the rice.

Now you make these sentences parallel.

  1. The house was airy, cost effective and had a lot of space.
  2. Raksha is a naughty child but sleeps soundly. Visit our page again for the answers.


Writing Skills

Here’s some gyan for writing skills. When you give a re ason for anything, don’t say the ‘reason why’. It is  unnecessary repetition.

Here is an Example

The reason I went there was to wish them. (not 'the reason why I went there is because')


When to use “ache”, “hurt” and “pain”

Do you know when to use ache, hurt and pain?

Here’s how.

  1. He’s got toothache/ headache.
  2. Does it hurt?
  3. It hurts when someone admonishes you in front of others.
  4. Was he in pain?

Now take the test. Please post your answers.

Fill in the gaps with ache, pain or hurt.

  1. The toddler fell down and ______ himself.
  2. Are you ______?
  3. Are you in ______?
  4. The customer is a real ______ in the neck.
  5. I didn’t think my heart would ______ so much after we split.
  6. When you’ve got flu, you ______ all over.
  7. No ______ no gain.
  8. Women have a higher ______ threshold than men.
  9. A little hard work never ______ anyone.
  10. Don’t mention her weight or you’ll  ______her feelings.


“Rather” and “Quite” use

The use of ‘rather ‘ and ‘quite’.
Quite = less than ‘very’ but more than ‘ a little’.
Example: She was surprised that I hadn’t heard about her because she’s quite famous. ( less than ‘very famous’ but more than ‘ a little ‘ famous.)

Rather is similar to quite but it is mainly used with negative words or ideas.
Example: 1. It’s rather cold today. We’d better wear our sweaters.



Toungue Twister

Do you pronounce the ‘o’ and ‘u’ sounds well?
Well here is a test for you.

Say this tongue twister repeatedly.

Betty Botter bought some butter
But the butter was bitter
So she bought some better butter
To make the bitter butter better.

One way of testing, if you sound good, is by recording yourself.



Present perfect and Simple past tense use

This post is to give you some knowledge about present perfect and simple past tense.
Do you know the difference between “my friend has come” and “my friend came”? Here is the answer.

  1. “my friend has come” tells us that your friend is with you NOW. Even though the action is over, it is the present situation we are talking about which is your friend is with you now.
  2. “my friend came” just talks about the action that happened in the past. It doesn’t give you any information about whether he/she is with you now.

Here is another example:

  1. I have lost my key = I don’t have it now
  2. I lost my key = you can’t make out whether it’s still missing or I’ve found it.


Thoughts from Team

Monday Blues: the term coins from the feelings of people on Monday morning.

Monday is the first day of the week and apparently the first working day of the week except in Islamic countries. Hence it is difficult for people to start working for office and going to school/colleges.

So tomorrow is Monday, have your Monday blues started??