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    Default Hi, teacher! There is a question!

    Thank you for reading this message!

    I have studied English over 16 years, but I recently find that I'm poor in Egnlish communication!

    My profile is below:
    1. poor pronounce( I even can't tell the difference between 'm' and 'n'.)
    2. poor listening ( I can't write down the telephone number when someone say it in English.)
    3. good reading ( I can read and master the articles from newscientist.com, economist.com, etc..)

    Could you tell me how to improve it according my recent status?

    Eager to hear from you!

    Thanks very much!

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    One of the professional teachers will be along after a while, but until then allow me to make a couple of suggestions. Say: "I have studied English for over 16 years, but I recently found that I'm poor in Egnlish communication." Also: "My reading skills are good, but my pronunication and listening skills are not good."

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    Thank you, RonBee!

    That is also my problem! If you told me that I had done some wrong with my sentences, I could find it! But I always make such mistakes, which I think is my weakness, in my speaking and writing! But I don't know how to solve it!

    Thanks very much!

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    OK- correct this one:
    If you told me that I had done some wrong with my sentences, I could find it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    OK- correct this one:
    If you told me that I had done some wrong with my sentences, I could find it!
    Maybe it is
    If you tell me that there are something wrong with my sentences, I can find it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerszheng
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    OK- correct this one:
    If you told me that I had done some wrong with my sentences, I could find it!
    Maybe it is
    If you tell me that there are something wrong with my sentences, I can find it!
    Say: "If you tell me there is something wrong...."

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by tigerszheng
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    OK- correct this one:
    If you told me that I had done some wrong with my sentences, I could find it!
    Maybe it is
    If you tell me that there are something wrong with my sentences, I can find it!
    Say: "If you tell me there is something wrong...."

    :)
    But I think I am right!
    The fixed usage of "tell" is "tell sb sth", and my sentence is to use the that clause as object!

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    Your usage of 'tell' is not the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerszheng
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by tigerszheng
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    OK- correct this one:
    If you told me that I had done some wrong with my sentences, I could find it!
    Maybe it is
    If you tell me that there are something wrong with my sentences, I can find it!
    Say: "If you tell me there is something wrong...."

    :)
    But I think I am right!
    The fixed usage of "tell" is "tell sb sth", and my sentence is to use the that clause as object!
    The problem is with agreement between verb and object, thus: there is something OR there are some things.

    :)

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    Oh! I get it!

    Thanks very much!

    And are there any other suggestions to me?

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