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    Diary entry - This year, I finally put up a Christmas tree at home.

    This is an entry from my diary. Please check it and correct any mistakes. This year, I finally put up a Christmas tree at home. It was a bit tiring to put ornaments on the tree because I needed to bend down many times. Also, the light was difficult to hang around the tree. It's too warm...
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    Diary entry - Last week, I received a box of Christmas chocolate from my aunt.

    This is an entry from my diary. Please check it and correct any mistakes. Last week, I received a box of Christmas chocolate from my aunt. The chocolate was too sweet and it didn't taste much chocolate in it. I didn't like it at all. Today, my mother bought a bag of chocolate from a famous...
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    Diary entry - On Saturday morning, I woke up with a stomach ache.

    This is an entry from my diary. Please check it and correct any mistakes. On Saturday morning, I woke up with a stomach ache. I guess it was because I drank some sour tea before I slept. It increased my stomach acid. I took a pill to see if it helped but It didn't help much, and I got worse...
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    Have until November 29

    I have questions about ”until November 29”. When I put it in the middle of the sentence, it means after November 29. When I say “… have to enforce the rules until November 29”, it means before November 29. Am I right?
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    When chosen carefully,

    When chosen carefully, there's no question that mandatory vaccinations can save lives. (Why mandatory vaccination is nothing new byChristine Ro) I want to learn the above use of participle so I wrote the following: When given the treats appropriately, dogs can follow your instructions. Is...
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    IELTS writing II: Every year several languages die out.

    I have chosen an IELTS practice writing topic. Please check the essay and correct any mistakes. Topic: Every year several languages die out. Some people think that this is not important because life will be easier if there are fewer languages in the world. To what extent do you agree or...
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    The story had me laughing out loud

    Are the following both grammatical? 1. While I was reading the book, the story had me laughing out loud. 2. While I was reading the book, the story had me laugh out loud.
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    IELTS writing II: Some people believe that unpaid community service should be a

    I have chosen an IELTS practice writing topic. Please check the essay and correct any mistakes. Topic: Some people believe that unpaid community service should be a compulsory part of high school programmes (for example working for a charity, improving the neighbourhood or teaching sports to...
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    75 years on

    How we re-delivered a baby's postcard - 75 years on by Amanda Kirton Does '75 years on' means after 75 years?
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    say/read

    I don't know when to use say/read. I sometimes see: The blurb says.... The poster reads .... The clothes says... Are "say/read" interchangeable in the above examples? The dots are printed words.
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    should China join first

    But it warned that its bid to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) could be put at risk should China join first. (Taiwan seeks entry into key trade pact before China by BBC) I don't understand the sentence structure - the "should" part.
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    from/at the very beginning

    I was surprised the author reveals the murderer from the very beginning. I wrote the above sentence. Should I say "from" or "at"?
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    Diary entry - I've just read an article about translation.

    This is an entry from my diary. Please check it and correct any mistakes. I've just read an article about translation. An experience translator suggested that anyone who want to be a professional translator need to have a strong language skills in their native language. No matter how well a...
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    Lighting up the streets of Hong Kong's mini Venice

    Lighting up the streets of Hong Kong's mini Venice, the festival features a slew of handmade lanterns in all shapes and colours, all made and decorated by Tai O locals and volunteers. (Best things to do to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival this year by Jenny Leung) Is the following the basic form...
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    When John talked to Bob, he saw a bird.

    When John talked to Bob, he saw a bird. I wrote the above sentence. Can I rewrite it as follows? 1. Talking to Bob, John saw a bird. 2. When talking to Bob, John saw a bird.
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    Diary entry - I hope summer will end soon.

    This is an entry from my diary. Please check it and correct any mistakes. I hope summer will end soon. It's still very hot in September. These two days, I turned on the tap, and the water was hot. I don't even need hot water when I take the shower. One reason for this weather is that a typhoon...
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    level the series/has shot at history

    At the Oval they were not able to recreate what they did at Headingley. They dropped catches and let India off the hook when they had a chance to build a big first-innings lead. Root knows this. His team know what they need to do in order to level the series. (England v India: 'Virat Kohli has...
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    Diary entry - Water supply to our building is scheduled to

    This is an entry from my diary. Please check it and correct any mistakes. Water supply to our building is scheduled to be suspended on Friday so I've bought some bottle water. I've decided to continue to buy bottle water regularly because the tap water has tasted strange lately. It's full of...
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    ; and later on foot

    My curiosity eventually lured me to explore this overlooked city twice: first in a hot air balloon; and later on foot. (Putrajaya: The capital city you've never heard of by Ronan O'Connell) Can I remove either "and" or "the semi colon"?
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    as did her demeanour

    Does the following sentence mean "the support" also lent her demeanour credibility? The support lent her credibility, as did her demeanour. (Theranos scandal: Who is Elizabeth Holmes and why is she on trial? by Daniel Thomas)
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