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Hi Oleks,

Thanks for this.

Here, you say '...

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 23:58
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Hi,

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

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 23:35
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Hi Ed! Thank you for your comment and corrections! I...

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 19:34
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Thank you, Kealin! I will try to use shorter sentences...

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 19:27
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Hi Ed! At the time I myself was only sitting at the...

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 19:21

These complicated commas 9

Rule number 9: A nonessential appositive should be set off with commas. On the contrary, an essential appositive, which is necessary to give meaning to the sentence, should not be set off with commas.
"I, a pretty good cook, do not like to bake cakes."
"My best friend Steve loves to wear sunglasses."
The Elders say that, eons ago, people angered the Gods with something and they began to pour sand onto the Earth as punishment. They poured it gradually, day after day, over the years. One of these days the Desert was born from this sand.

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Excellent, Oleks! I really like the style.

Rule number 9: A nonessential appositive should be set off with commas. On the contrary, an essential appositive, which is necessary to give meaning to the sentence, should not be set off with commas.
"I, a pretty good cook, do not like to bake cakes."
"My best friend Steve loves to wear sunglasses."
The Elders say that, eons ago, people angered the Gods with something and they began to pour sand onto the Earth as (the) punishment. They poured it gradually, day after day, over the years. One of these days, (comma needed) the Desert was born (deserts were created) from this sand.

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I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Aliakbar!
Thank you for your comment! I am glad that you are like my story.

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Ros Watson's picture
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I would say 'as a punishment' and the only other thing I can find is that I would say 'On one of these days the Desert was born from this sand'.  [You wouldn't normally use 'born' in this way but I think it's possible in a poetic context - otherwise I would take Aliakbar's advice and use 'was created'.  But I would keep 'the Desert' as singular with the definite article, rather than making it plural.  Consider 'the euro', 'the dollar', 'The cheetah is the fastest animal in the world'].  I thought your intonation was better in this audio. Well done Oleks!!

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Oleks :
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Hi Ros!
Thank you! I will keep "the Desert" in the original form.

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I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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Rule number 9: A nonessential appositive should be set off with commas. On the contrary, an essential appositive, which is necessary to give meaning to the sentence, should not be set off with commas.

"I, a pretty good cook, do not like to bake cakes."

"My best friend Steve loves to wear sunglasses."

The Elders say that, eons ago, people angered the Gods with something and they began to pour sand onto the Earth as punishment. They poured it gradually, day after day, over the years. One of these days the Desert was born from this sand.

 

Nice job. Remember to practice your grammar using stories. Tell a story about your past or make up a story and write about it in order to really make your grammar stick to memory

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Hi Kjcoffin!
I am just trying to do it. True, so far the fragments are small, but perhaps I can write more with time.

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