It is difficult to comment without seeing the originals. Can you post both versions?Originally Posted by whl626
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On the main page the correct titles are:
S - Ancient Chinese Stories [adjective order: time + origin]
G - Learn Grammar by Example [no need to pluralize 'examples']
Learn Colloquial Speech by Movie Lines [adjectives don't form plurals
in English so no need for the 's' on Movie]
Learn English through Advertisements [not 'by']
Sample Bank Letters [or 'Sample Letters from a Bank']
Obviously there's a lot more to the site than the front page so I'd
recommend you sit down and proof it well. If you can't find a willing
English teacher, perhaps import the text into Word and do a Grammar check.
I got this comment from someone who did a review on my site. Can you please comment on his points ?
It looks like good advice to me. For example, "Ancient Chinese Stories" is correct. "Learn Grammar by Example" or "Learn Grammar by Using Examples" are both good.
I agree with all of the recommendations.
Perhaps you could post some of the stuff here so we can review it?
If the letters are from different banks then I would prefer Sample Letters from Some Banks or Sample Letters from Banks. (I would prefer the first one. Banks could be a person's name.Originally Posted by whl626
BTW, it's usually called the home page, not the main page.
- Chinese Ancient Stories
They are first, Chinese stories and second, ancient stories. Thus, it should be: Ancient Chinese Stories.
- Learn Grammar by Examples
The phrase is learn by example. How about:
- Learn by Example--English Grammar
- Learn Colloquial Speech by Movies Lines
I would say, "Learn colloquial speech by listening to lines from movies", but that is too long for your purposes. How about:
- At the Movies--Colloquial Speech
Do you think that's catchy? :wink:
- Learn English by Advertisements
The word by doesn't work well there. How about:
- English in the Marketplace
Clever, huh? :wink:
- Sample letters from Bank
Better would be:
- Sample Letters from Banks
(I changed my mind about that one.)
What do you think?
(I like the story about Uncle Sam. Did you know that they used to use the image of Uncle Sam on enlistment posters?)
But his point is that ' movies lines ' is wrong, but when I typed ' movies lines ' in Google search box. I can find many sites using the similar phrase, and I believe he is wrong about it not to have s for a noun used as an adjective. How about " weapons program " ? I came across it many many times at the renowned newspapers.
Ok, fair enough. Learn English by Advertisements is wrong logically. But he suggests ' through ' advertisements. In fact, ' by ' ' with ' ' through ' are almost the same.
eg I paid by ( with ) ( through ) cash.
The only one I sort of agree is ' examples ' :p. There is no need to be plural.
enlistment posters ? I don't get it :P:P
To play safe, I think I'd better stick to your suggestions, Ron :) Here it goes - suggestion or suggestions ? As a non-native, we treat it as more than one. My head is spinning now :)
Usage isn't always logical. Anyhow, I would use movie lines or lines from movies. (You are right about weapons program, of course.)
Google isn't 100% dependable. There is quite a bit of misusage. (For example, using its for it's, which occurs often.)
I don't care for Learn English by Advertisements or the other one either, for that matter. How about "English in Advertisements"? (I like my other suggestion too.)
We say I paid by check or I paid with cash. (English is a funny language.)
During World War II there were posters outside of recruitment centers with a picture of Uncle Sam saying, "I want YOU".
It's suggestions. I made more than one suggestion.
Then to say that ' Colloquial speech in Movie Lines ' is fine, right ?
My approach to English is right I guess, read good books and imitate good speeches because as a non-native the more we try to analyse the more confused we are. There are always exceptions in a language.
But this time I just borrowed the wrong phrase :p.
After years of studying, we still cannot shake off the singular or plural nightmare. This is really frustrating.
Yes, that is good.Originally Posted by whl626
Of course, there is a difference between speeches and speech.Originally Posted by whl626
It gave me something to do.Originally Posted by whl626
You're not doing that badly.Originally Posted by whl626