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Thanks for this. I can see your creative...

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Hi Ed! Thank you for your comment and corrections! I...

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Thank you, Kealin! I will try to use shorter sentences...

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Hi Ed! At the time I myself was only sitting at the...

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Thank you, Kealin! At last not a single extra comma!

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I woke up early, and my petite wife was still sleeping. She likes to sleep on the edge, so I climbed over her and went into the kitchen. There, I groped my cast-iron frying pan and shook the flour, added eggs in it, and made a cake. In the process, I added pieces of fish on top, and I got a great resemblance to a fish cake.

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks,

That sounds like a strange thing to have first thing in the morning haha! I have never heard of people having fish cakes for breakfast!

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  • She likes to sleep on the edge She likes to sleep on the edge of the bed.  - Just think this makes it a bit clearer.
  • There, I groped my cast-iron frying pan There, I groped for my cast-iron frying pan
  • (This is just a suggestion). As you are talking about two separate actions, in my opinion it would be better for you to have two separate sentences. For example, I would say There, I groped for my cast-iron frying pan. When I found it, I...etc....
  • I got a great resemblance to a fish cake. - You are not talking about yourself, but something you are cooking. Therefore use "it" to refer to the object. "It started to bear a resemblance to a fish cake"

 

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Hi Ed! Thank you! It is really easy to make a fish pie in this way. It takes half an hour. Although I have to admit, I never cooked it in the morning before work either.

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petite [ puh-teet ]  - Your pronunciation of this word could be improved. Watch a video like this for futher guidance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQVcV1V2zIE

 

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OK, thanks, I will know.

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Hi Oleks!  This is so interesting!  I'm on holiday in Italy at the moment but I still have to read every installment you write!!

Now, you have to be careful with the word 'grope' as it has quite strong sexual connotations!!  I would say 'I grabbed my cast-iron frying pan'  or you could say 'reached for'.

When you say 'I shook the flour' you could use 'sifted the flour' instead.  This is when you pass the flour through a seive (a kitchen utensil with a fine mesh) to get rid of all the lumps.  It's also more natural just to say 'added eggs'.  I agree with Ed about the pronunciation of 'petite'.  It's a French word, which is why we stress the second syllable.  However, 'petite' wouldn't normally be used to describe your wife in this way.  If you are just describing her fondly and want to refer to her size, you could just say 'my little wife'!!

 

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Hi Ros! Have a nice rest! I was in Rome, it is a very interesting city. Thank you for telling me about these nuances of English!

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I woke up early (no comma) and my petite wife was still sleeping. She likes to sleep on the edge, so I climbed over her and went into the kitchen. There, I groped grabbed my cast-iron frying pan and shook the flour, added eggs in it, and made a cake. In the process, I added pieces of fish on top (no comma) and I got a great resemblance to a fish cake. (Can also say, "I added pieces of fish on top which made a great resemblance to a fish cake.")

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Hi Kjcoffin! Thank you! Your change in the last sentence is very good!

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I woke up early (no comma) and my petite wife was still sleeping. She likes to sleep on the edge, so I climbed over her and went into the kitchen. There, I groped grabbed my cast-iron frying pan and shook the flour, added eggs in it, and made a cake. In the process, I added pieces of fish on top (no comma) and I got a great resemblance to a fish cake. (Can also say, "I added pieces of fish on top which made a great resemblance to a fish cake.")

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