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Κυριακή, 27 Απριλίου 2014

Useful vocab for composition writing

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Writing Tips

  1. It is a good idea to have a few really good stories that you tell well. Adapt these to the task you have been given.
  2. Plan
    a SHORT beginning and a SHORT ending – most of the story should be the
    middle where things happen and characters think and feel. 
  3. Plan
    a resolution in your ending (e.g. solving a problem) and refer to it in
    the beginning – a good short story has the reader wondering how a
    problem is going to be resolved - and then it is. 
  4. Plan you last sentence – ending with a punch leaves your reader smiling. This is the time to be original. 
  5. Keep
    your reader informed of what is happening, and what characters are
    thinking and feeling – we cannot read your mind. If it isn’t written in
    the story it doesn’t happen
  6. DON’T start lots of sentences with the same word –read it over to check and cross out or substitute words to avoid this.
  7. Include
    some direct speech in your story ( with correct punctuation) AND AT
    LEAST ONE piece of indirect speech –avoid using “said” (something like
    “the doctor replied that he had seen spots like this before but only on a
    ladybird.” Or “Katy thought to herself that she had never seen such a
    strange sight in all her life.”) 
  8. Leave
    at least five minutes to check your story for all of your target points
    – a finished and corrected story is 100 times better than an unfinished
    and hurried one – whatever the style and standard. 
  9. Whenever
    you are stuck, or taking a break, read the story over to yourself under
    your breath but mouthing the words – if it sounds right when you read
    it out it is probably OK. If you pause when you are reading then check
    there is a pause marker (like a comma or fullstop). 
  10. Avoid telling the reader what to feel, e.g. it was scary. Make them feel it through your descriptions. 
  11. Avoid
    telling the reader what a character feels, e.g. she was sad. Show how
    they feel through what they say or do, e.g. her lip trembled. 
  12. Keep thinking ‘what would this person do/say?’ 
  13. Develop the setting. 
  14. To
    create suspense, lull the reader into a false sense of security – get
    characters doing something pleasant and introduce an unexpected
    dilemma. 
  15. Know your ending so you don’t include irrelevant details. 
  16. Limit dialogue to four exchanges per paragraph. 
  17. Develop setting and characters through descriptive sentences. 
  18. Keep a brisk pace. Short and interesting is great! 
  19. Plan
    your story on paper. Think who is it about? What is going to happen in
    the end? What exciting and interesting things will happen along the
    way? 
  20. A ‘punchy’ start that ‘grabs’ the readers attention, such as speech, onomatopoeia or a piece of great description. 
  21. Three well described characters (looks, experiences and personality) 
  22. A conversation to show direct speech and new speech, new line. 
  23. A well structured story, having a beginning, middle and an appropriate end. 
  24. When you have finished. Read your story VERY carefully, asking yourself, ‘Does this make sense?’ If it doesn't, change it!'

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synonyms

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WEATHER AND TIME IDIOMS

 



ALTHOUGH - DESPITE

IDIOMS :BURN

ALL AND WHOLE

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Παρασκευή, 11 Απριλίου 2014

10 English Phrasal Verbs with TURN

10 English Phrasal Verbs with TURN | Espresso English:

turn around


turn-aroundChange direction and go/look the other way:



(while driving) “We’re going the wrong way. We need to turn around.”

Can also describe when a failing company/project/process starts to become successful:



“The new director was able to turn the school around – it went from being the worst school in the area to one of the top-ranked schools in the entire country.”


turn away


Not allow someone to enter a place:



“You have to be 21 to enter the club, so my 19-year-old cousin was turned away at the door.”


turn down


turn-down1. Decrease volume or heating/air conditioning:



“Could you turn the music down, please? It’s too loud.”

2. Not accept an invitation or offer (can be used for romantic dates, job offers, etc.):



“He asked her out to dinner, but she turned him down.”


“I can’t believe he turned down a great job at a bank in order to try to be a writer!”




turn in


1. Give an assignment to a teacher or supervisor:



“My son needs to turn his research paper in on Thursday.”

2. Go to bed:



“I’m exhausted. I’m going to turn in early tonight.”

3. Deliver someone who committed a crime to the police:



“The drug dealer was turned in by his own mother.”


turn into


Become:



“Caterpillars turn into butterflies.”


turn-into



turn on


1. Start a machine, light, or electronic device:



“When I get to work, the first thing I do is turn on my computer.”

2. Turn (someone) on = make the person sexually aroused:



“He says that girls with long legs really turn him on.”


turn-off



turn off


1. Stop a machine, electronic device, or light (for lights,
we can use TURN OFF, SHUT OFF, or TURN OUT; for machines, only TURN OFF
or SHUT OFF):




“Time to turn off the TV – you’ve been watching for the past three hours!”

2. Turn (someone) off = make someone lose interest, make someone dislike something (may be sexual, but not necessarily):



“It turns me off when my boyfriend tries to hug me when he’s all sweaty.”


“I don’t like that design at all. The bright colors just turn me off.”




turn over


turn-over1. To invert:



“Cook the pancakes for 3 minutes on one side, then turn them over.”

2. To transfer something to someone in authority:



“During the investigation, the police asked the company to turn over all their financial information.”


turn out


1. Same as TURN OFF or SHUT OFF for lights:



“When she finished her book, she turned out the light and went to sleep.”

2. Have an end result (especially a surprising one):



“I thought I was unqualified for the job, but it turns out that the company provides training – so previous experience isn’t necessary.”


“We thought the project was going to be a miserable failure, but everything turned out all right in the end.”




turn up


1. Increase volume/temperature:



“Turn up the volume on the TV – I can’t hear anything.”

2. Appear:



“The manager finally turned up for the meeting – 45 minutes late.”