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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!

4 hours 23 min ago

These complicated commas 10

Rule number 10: Commas in dates.

  1. Format MDY: you should set off the year with commas.
  2. Formats DMY and MY: commas are not necessary.
  3. A day of the week and a date: you should use a comma.

There are examples:

"Steve was born on June 7, 1988."

"Steve was born on 7 June 1988."

"Steve was born in June 1988."

"Steve was born on Sunday, 7 June 1988."

ОК, I will continue my story:

At first, the Desert was very weak. No one noticed her birth, and if he did, he did not attach any importance to this. Several tornadoes marked that event. For some reason, the Gods were tired of pouring sand by that time, and they left this world eventually. There was an unstable balance, which had not been broken for centuries.

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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Oleks - so little to correct these days!  I have made a few suggestions, just to make the text sound a bit more natural:

There Here are some examples

Format MDY: you should set off the year with commas put a comma before the year.  "set off" doesn't sound very natural.

[You could use 'they' instead of 'he' in your story: 'and if they did, they did not attach any importance to this'.  Using 'he' isn't wrong but nowadays it's used less frequently].  I would use 'this event' rather than 'that event'.  I would also say 'and they eventually left this world'.  It sounds a bit more natural.

 

Your audio was a little indistinct this time.   Try and consider which words are most important to stress.

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Hi Ros! Thank you! I learn through your comments.

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Hi Oleks, that was another brilliant effort. As Ros has said, it is becoming harder and harder to find areas in your written and spoken English which you need to work on. It  just goes to show how much progress you have made in a short space of time!

Again, with regards to the phasal verb "to set off", I would recommend you study more examples where it is more commonly used by looking at links like this one: https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/set-off

I would advise you to add an audio and/or a text where you practice using "to set off" and other phrasal verbs by talking about your own experiences, writing your own stories etc. I used to do this when learning phrasal verbs in other languages and found it to be very useful. What do you think?

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Hi Ed!
Thank you! I agree with you about using the phrasal verbs in the context. I have a big field of activity ahead, because there are a lot of phrasal verbs in English.

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Rule number 10: Commas in dates.

  1. Format MDY: you should set off the year with commas.
  2. Formats DMY and MY: commas are not necessary.
  3. A day of the week and a date: you should use a comma.

There are examples:

"Steve was born on June 7, 1988."

"Steve was born on 7 June 1988."

"Steve was born in June 1988."

"Steve was born on Sunday, 7 June 1988."

ОК, I will continue my story:

At first, the Desert was very weak. No one noticed her birth, and if he did, he did not attach any importance to this. Several tornadoes marked that event. For some reason, the Gods were tired of pouring sand by that time (no comma) and they left this world eventually. There was an unstable balance, which had not been broken for centuries.

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Hi Kjcoffin!
Thank you for your comment! About comma: are these not two separate clauses which sould be separated by a comma? I am still not very strong in these nuances.

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