Rob and Ashlie discuss how to use ‘going to’ and ‘will’ to talk about plans and make predictions.

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Dear Kirk,
May I kindly request you to read one of my papers and give suggestions for improvement? May I have your personal email i.d.? I know it is against house rules. However, kindly consider my request keeping in view my dedication to learning English.

Hello raj.kumar123,

I can see you are very dedicated. However, this is not a service that we can offer; for this you need to find a local teacher.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk,
Thanks for your reply and the link to 'definite article'. I have read all these rules a number of times. However, I find Articles challenging when it comes to practice.

One of my teachers has suggested me to focus on descriptive grammar instead of prescriptive grammar. She says we will be speechless if we become fussy about Prescriptive grammar.

Dear Kirk, Thanks for your response. I am studying English in India. I want to excel in British English, as I aspire to be an IELTS examiner.

At present, I can't afford the services of a private international teacher to learn the subtleties of British English. I write articles, but I hardly find any expert of English to check them.

What should I do to improve my level of English? Could I submit my articles here and request the experts to spare some time to check them?

I am an ardent learner of English. Kindly guide me.

Where are you, Peter? I have been waiting for your response.

Hello raj.kumar123,

Please remember that LearnEnglish is a free service offered by the British Council which is primarily a materials resource; the answers we provide in the comments sections are what we can manage in what other time we have. The more questions we have to answer, the longer it takes us and you have posted a large number of questions, some very long, in a very short space of time. Please be patient when waiting for answers to your questions - we answer when (and if) time allows, as an extra service which is not part of our primary role.

If you need quicker or fuller answers to your questions then I am afraid you will need to find (and pay for) a teacher; otherwise, I am afraid you will need to be patient.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter, I am really sorry. I am feeling embarrassed. I am a new user here. Now, I will keep in my mind what you have told me.

Wish you a very happy new year.

India is a multicultural and multilingual land, whose identity lies in its diversity. Is 'comma' required before 'whose' in the preceding sentence?
I am confused. I have just read about restrictive and non-restrictive clauses. It seems to me that whose-clause is a non-restrictive clause, and a comma is required.
If we don't use comma, then it means that we are talking about one particular India out of many.
Or, we may drop comma to maintain the flow of reading.
Please help

Hello raj.kumar123,

Restrictive relative clauses, also called 'defining relative clauses', give us information which is important to the meaning of the sentence; they define the noun not in the senses of identifying one among many (if that were the requirement then no defining relative clauses would be possible for unique nouns at all) but in the sense of telling us something which is part of the identity of the thing being described, rather than just extra information which is merely an interesting note.

Consider this sentence:

India is a multicultural and multilingual land which borders Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and Bangladesh.

Clearly, this is a defining relative clause: it provides information which helps to define 'India'. It does not tell us which India we are talking about; it simply clarifies what 'India' is. Your sentence is similar and I would use no comma.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I find it problematic when I write a sentence like this- "‘Dharma’ comes from the Sanskrit root dhri, which means ‘to support or sustain’".
I have used a comma before which-clause because I think that this clause gives only extra information, and it, if deleted, does not change the meaning of the first clause. Is my criteria foolproof?

Please guide me. I am a new user here. I am really excited to see the experts helping the learners. I find this site a great platform to improve my level of English. However, at times, I feel reluctant to ask questions as though they would overburden the experts.

All Kudos for this effort.

The only downside of this site is that it takes unexpectedly more time to approve and publish comments/replies. Had there been Live Chat Support, the the site would be (would have been) more helpful.

I love this site. :-)

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