I would add "own" after "our" in the last sentence.
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Speaking honestly, it really doesn't irritate me when XXX (my niece) weeps. But it annoys me when other kids cry. We only love our kids!
However, your niece isn't one of your own kids. "Your kids" are only your sons and daughters.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
It doesn't bother me when some stranger's kid cries. If it's my kid, though, that's a different matter.
Wouldn't 'honestly speaking' be better?
Move "only" to be after "love."
"Weeps" is probably too strong a word.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
James: Will you marry me?
Mona: May I speak honestly to you?
James: Of course, I always encourage people to speak honestly to me.
Mona: Well, dear James, honestly / frankly speaking, you do not make enough money to give me the life that I want.
1. As you can see, sometimes "honestly" is an adverb that modifies the verb.
2. Sometimes we can introduce a sentence with a so-called sentence adverb (some newer books call it a "disjunct") that refers to the whole sentence:
"Honestly / frankly speaking, I don't think that Mr. X has a very good chance to win the election."
a. "Honestly speaking" works better for me than does "Speaking honestly."
b. In fact, you could even drop the "speaking": "Honestly / frankly, I think that James is full of hot air (= he doesn't know what he is talking about)."
Last edited by TheParser; 23-Jan-2015 at 15:04. Reason: spacing