There are two aspects to 'correcting' your essay: the spelling, and the structure. The first is easy.
The second can feel brutal; and hence I hesitate, because on a recent trip to the US, I expressed surprise and said something like, "That can't be right" ( in a very nice, conversational way), about whether a regular train for Dover went through Ashford station. Surely our rail system was more accommodating than that: it would mean that there was no rail link from Dover and where the cruise ships docked, to Ashford and the trains to the Continent.) I said I would check it on the Internet at our next port of call. (As it happens, I was wrong - it doesn't!)
The point is, that the person took umbrage (offence, annoyance) and I was considered to have 'attitood'. (This was not said to me, but came back to me via the grapevine.) By listening and observing the dinner table conversation for the rest of the cruise, I realized that Americans don't express disagreement with comparative strangers, and thereby, the conversations at the table remained bland and superficial. You can't have an in-depth conversation about a topic without some points of contention and friendly exchange of ideas.
So...what would you wish?
(and are you over 16?)
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