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    Excuse me,
    I'm finding the essays on The Escape, The luncheon, and The moon and the sixpence. I'm learning English literature and finding the references for it. But I cannot. Please help me. Next week I wanna make a presentation on one of the three stories above, especially the two short stories (the escape and the luncheon). Please help me to approach the references.
    Thank you so much.

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    I think you could go to 'google' that's a helping hand to find things you want information about. If I have to make a piece of work I always go to 'google', because it helps me finding information.

    I just took a look at 'google' and I found some information, so you could to. It's written in English, but I think you can read that... :)

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    Default Re: About English literature. Need as soon as possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by thanhhienmt
    Excuse me,
    I'm finding the essays on The Escape, The luncheon, and The moon and the sixpence. I'm learning English literature and finding the references for it. But I cannot. Please help me. Next week I wanna make a presentation on one of the three stories above, especially the two short stories (the escape and the luncheon). Please help me to approach the references.
    Thank you so much.
    I agree about "Google". It is a great search engine that you can reach here:

    www.google.com

    Use quotation marks around the titles when you type them in the seach box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanny
    I think you could go to 'google' that's a helping hand to find things you want information about. If I have to make a piece of work I always go to 'google', because it helps me finding information.

    I just took a look at 'google' and I found some information, so you could to. It's written in English, but I think you can read that... :)
    I hope you won't mind a few corrections.

    I think you should go to 'Google'. That site is very helpful for finding things you want information about. If I have to write something, I always go to 'Google', because it helps me find information.

    I just took a look at 'Google', and I found some information, so you could too. It's written in English, but I think you can read it.

    :wink:

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    Hi, (of course I prefer this kind of greeting, but don't know whether the other do or not)
    I know about the Google, and tried several times. But still cannot get what I need. So I have to ask you if you know some websites on this aspect. I'll use Google once again, and try not to disturb you too much, but if I failed, please help me.
    P/s: The three stories above is of William Somerset Maugham (I think you knew it, but it's better to write everything in details)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by sanny
    I think you could go to 'google' that's a helping hand to find things you want information about. If I have to make a piece of work I always go to 'google', because it helps me finding information.

    I just took a look at 'google' and I found some information, so you could to. It's written in English, but I think you can read that... :)
    I hope you won't mind a few corrections.

    I think you should go to 'Google'. That site is very helpful for finding things you want information about. If I have to write something, I always go to 'Google', because it helps me find information.

    I just took a look at 'Google', and I found some information, so you could too. It's written in English, but I think you can read it.

    :wink:

    Thanks MikeNewYork,
    I always try to make the best of my sentences, but it's still hard. But you said:
    helpful for finding things

    and I want to know why it's not
    helpful to find things

    :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thanhhienmt
    Hi, (of course I prefer this kind of greeting, but don't know whether the other do or not)
    I know about the Google, and tried several times. But still cannot get what I need. So I have to ask you if you know some websites on this aspect. I'll use Google once again, and try not to disturb you too much, but if I failed, please help me.
    P/s: The three stories above is of William Somerset Maugham (I think you knew it, but it's better to write everything in details)
    "Hi!" is perfectly acceptable here.

    I found several websites that should give you what you want. Go to: http://ms101.mysearch.com/jsp/GGmain...set+Maugham%22. (I put "The Escape"+"William Somerset Maugham" in the search bar.)

    (Say: "The three stories are by William Somerset Maugham.")

    :)

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    Thanks MikeNewYork,
    I always try to make the best of my sentences, but it's still hard. But you said:
    helpful for finding things

    and I want to know why it's not
    helpful to find things

    :?
    The word "helpful" is a bit tricky. One can say: "It is helpful to use more than one example in an explanation." The infinitive is used there because it is an abstract statement. It is used as a general rule, not in reference to a specific action. One can also say "A shovel is helpful for digging up treasure". In this case the gerund use is more concrete and more specific. I am not explaining this very well. Hopefully one of the others will have a better explanation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanny
    Thanks MikeNewYork. I always try to make the best of my sentences, but it's still hard. But you said: "helpful for finding things", and I want to know why it's not "helpful to find things" :?
    Quote Originally Posted by sanny
    I think you could go to 'google' that's a helping hand to find things you want information about.
    Quote Originally Posted by mike
    That site is very helpful for finding things.

    helpful (to X) for Y reasons e.g, "Google is helpful (to people) for these reasons"

    Note, I think you could go to 'google'...
    ==> Try, You might want to try 'google'. In speaking, saying, "I think you could", with intonantion marking a polite suggestion, is fine; it's polite; But, in writing, there is no intonantion, and so the reader might take the words "I think you could" (i.e, I know you have the ability) as patronizing or condescending.


    Note, "...you could go to 'google' that's...."
    ==> Try, "You could go to 'google'. That's..." There are two subjects (You/That) and two verbs (could go/is) so there should be some puncutation to show the reader where one sentences ends and the other begins.

    Note, "That's a helping hand to find things"
    ==> Try, "That (Going to 'google') is a helpful way of / helpful for finding things". Remember that "helpful" has the following structure: helpful to X for Y.


    All the best,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Thanks MikeNewYork,
    I always try to make the best of my sentences, but it's still hard. But you said:
    helpful for finding things

    and I want to know why it's not
    helpful to find things

    :?
    The word "helpful" is a bit tricky. One can say: "It is helpful to use more than one example in an explanation." The infinitive is used there because it is an abstract statement. It is used as a general rule, not in reference to a specific action. One can also say "A shovel is helpful for digging up treasure". In this case the gerund use is more concrete and more specific. I am not explaining this very well. Hopefully one of the others will have a better explanation.
    I think you weren't unhelpful at all, it's just hard because it's something English people understand and people who were not grown up with this language, think it's difficult. I also think it's just a kind of intuition, which I don't possess.
    But I'll try to understand..... I have tried but I can't find logical explanations for
    1. It is helpful to use more than one example in an explanation.
    I understand that this sentence can't be
    2. It is helpful for using more than one example in an explanation.
    because it doesn't sound logical.

    But this sentence
    1. A shovel is helpful for digging up treasure.
    or this sentence
    2. A shovel is helpful to dig up a treasure.
    sound both very logical.

    Can you or one of the other teachers explain, why these second sentences are incorrect?

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