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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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Hi Ed! What can you do, excavators are thing of the past...

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These complicated commas 8

Rule number 8: Question tags and direct addresses set off with comma or commas.
"It was a beautiful day yesterday, wasn't it?"
"Tom, where are you going?"
The desert is the scorching sun during the day and the huge moon at night. It is enormous dunes, as tall as ten-story buildings, rising like waves in a still enchanted sea. It is peace and serenity, the rustle of the wind and the singing of sand.

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edhutchins88's picture
I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks,

I loved that last sentence, it is so eloquent and expressive. Have you studied creative writing? It certainly seems like you have.

With regards to your written English, I have the following point to add:

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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With regards to your pronunciation of the word "direct" please watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJPtiJVToWc

(you need to focus more on the "dai" sound in my opinion) [dai·rekt]

 

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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With this word "comma", try to make the "a" sound less pronounced. [ko·muh]

Watch a video like this for more direction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k791W5orXrI

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Ed!
Thank you! About creative writing, no, the only thing is, I wrote essays at school. It interesting though. I will try to find more about this.

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I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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Rule number 8: Question tags and direct addresses set off with comma or commas.

"It was a beautiful day yesterday, wasn't it?"

"Tom, where are you going?"

The desert is the scorching sun during the day and the huge moon at night. It is enormous dunes, as tall as ten-story buildings, rising like waves in a still enchanted sea. It is peace and serenity, the rustle of the wind and the singing of sand.

No errors that I notice in this text, keep it up

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Kjcoffin!
Thank you! I am glad that sometimes I can write correctly.

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Well done, Oleks. Keep it up!

Rule number 8: Question tags and direct addresses should be set off with a comma (or commas) [I agree with Ed about the verb but it is used in grammatical context].
"It was a beautiful day yesterday, wasn't it?"
"Tom, where are you going?"
The desert is the scorching sun during the day and the huge moon at night. It is enormous dunes, as tall as ten-story buildings, rising like waves in a still enchanted sea. It is peace and serenity, the rustle of the wind and the singing of sand.

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Aliakbar! Thank you! A agree, "should be" is more appropriate here.

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks 

No errors that I can see!  And your description of the desert is beautiful!  So poetic.  Now I'm just going to mention intonation again (Oh NOOOOOOooo - you groan!!)

With question tags, we have a particular type of intonation which I will ilustrate in my audio.  Also, the word 'scorching' deserves more emphasis!

 

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Ros!
Thank you! I like that you tell me about intonation - this motivates me to correct. Also special thanks for your audio!

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