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Old 07-01-2009, 04:10 AM   #16
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Capitalise god damnit, CAPITALISE!

When I was young(er), I used to listen to audio books, great way of picking up vocabulary and grammar.

strong advise coming from mistah spellah himself..
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:14 AM   #17
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strong advise coming from mistah spellah himself..
Capitalise is British spelling.

Watching tv helps for foreigners btw, at least if they don't overdub the shows in your country. I could already express myself in English when I was 8 or so thanks to the Simpsons.

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Old 07-01-2009, 04:15 AM   #18
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strong advise coming from mistah spellah himself..

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/capitalise
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–verb (used with object) 1. to write or print in capital letters or with an initial capital.
2. to authorize a certain amount of stocks and bonds in the corporate charter of: to capitalize a corporation.
3. to issue stock as a dividend, thereby capitalizing retained earnings, or as settlement of an unpaid arrearage of preferred dividends.
4. Accounting. to set up (expenditures) as business assets in the books of account instead of treating as expense.
5. to supply with capital.
6. to estimate the value of (a stock or an enterprise).

–verb (used without object) 7. to take advantage of; turn something to one's advantage (often fol. by on): to capitalize on one's opportunities.

Also, especially British, cap⋅i⋅tal⋅ise.

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Old 07-01-2009, 04:27 AM   #19
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Definitions of capitalize on the Web:

- draw advantages from; "he is capitalizing on her mistake"; "she took advantage of his absence to meet her lover"
- supply with capital, as of a business by using a combination of capital used by investors and debt capital provided by lenders
- write in capital letters
- compute the present value of a business or an income
- consider expenditures as capital assets rather than expenses
- convert (a company's reserve funds) into capital



let's agree to a draw chap..
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:34 AM   #20
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To start, I'd like to get some tips on and guidance towards improving my english skills. I need assistance with grammar, sentence structure, reading skills, and verb conjugation. I would really appreciate if you could link me to a website(s) that might help me. I'm currently enrolled in college and need to improve my english skills ASAP.

This may actually be a good way to help you learn the language more efficiently. I hate to go into out-and-out 'teacher mode,' but those that are capable in the language correcting your errors may do a world of good.

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alright, i'll do that.
the problem is when i type or write, i still have a habit of making careless grammar mistakes.

All right is actually two words. Over the years, it is accepted to make it one (alright) and even most colleges will not punish you for doing so in term papers, essays, etc., but technically, it is two words.

Also, these are sentence fragments, but since you are posting on a message board, grammar and sentence structure does not have to be perfect.

Here is what this post should look like (forget the 'all right' at the beginning, just to clean it up a bit).

"I'll do that. The problem is that when I type or write, I still have a habit of making careless grammatical mistakes."

If you didn't want to use the clause 'that' to make your sentence grammatically correct, a simple comma will do.

For example...

"The problem is, when I type or write, I still have a bad habit of making careless grammatical errors."

You need either a restrictive clause (that) or commas.

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Old 07-01-2009, 10:00 AM   #21
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Default Re: Improving on English skill.

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This may actually be a good way to help you learn the language more efficiently. I hate to go into out-and-out 'teacher mode,' but those that are capable in the language correcting your errors may do a world of good.

For instance...



All right is actually two words. Over the years, it is accepted to make it one (alright) and even most colleges will not punish you for doing so in term papers, essays, etc., but technically, it is two words.

Also, these are sentence fragments, but since you are posting on a message board, grammar and sentence structure does not have to be perfect.

Here is what this post should look like (forget the 'all right' at the beginning, just to clean it up a bit).

"I'll do that. The problem is that when I type or write, I still have a habit of making careless grammatical mistakes."

If you didn't want to use the clause 'that' to make your sentence grammatically correct, a simple comma will do.

For example...

"The problem is, when I type or write, I still have a bad habit of making careless grammatical errors."

You need either a restrictive clause (that) or commas.
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:10 AM   #22
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it hard to comprestand english. me try to make better iddle by iddle but not always work

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Old 07-01-2009, 10:21 AM   #23
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A series of books I use in the classroom are the "English Grammar in Use" series by Raymond Murphy. I haven't tried this link to download it, but you would want the Advanced copy due to the fact you are a native speaker. They are really helpful, I strongly recommend them.

Download PDF here: http://rapidlibrary.com/index.php?q=...ymond+murph y
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:28 AM   #24
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There's a vocabulary exercisebook by the name of Word for Power by Norman Lewis. It helps build vocabulary because not only does it teach all the root words of different words in our language but from learn the meaning behind each root words, you can build vocabulary much faster. I found that book very useful and think you would too.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:49 PM   #25
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thanks a lot guys.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:50 PM   #26
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you welcome, let me know if you need iddle more help
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:54 PM   #27
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you welcome, let me know if you need iddle more help
So your 19 eh? You done HS? Yeah without good English, it will be hard to find a good job in an English-speaking country even if you have very good credentials from a foreign country. For example, a lot of foreign doctors or scientists end up with low-paying, unskilled labor here. Which is a shame.
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:08 PM   #28
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all we care 'bout is nana. we no work for monies, just nana. you pay us gooa nana per hour, we bust our ass and work like oxen maked good work for you, just pay us good nana please
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:11 PM   #29
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This may actually be a good way to help you learn the language more efficiently. I hate to go into out-and-out 'teacher mode,' but those that are capable in the language correcting your errors may do a world of good.

For instance...



All right is actually two words. Over the years, it is accepted to make it one (alright) and even most colleges will not punish you for doing so in term papers, essays, etc., but technically, it is two words.

Also, these are sentence fragments, but since you are posting on a message board, grammar and sentence structure does not have to be perfect.

Here is what this post should look like (forget the 'all right' at the beginning, just to clean it up a bit).

"I'll do that. The problem is that when I type or write, I still have a habit of making careless grammatical mistakes."

If you didn't want to use the clause 'that' to make your sentence grammatically correct, a simple comma will do.

For example...

"The problem is, when I type or write, I still have a bad habit of making careless grammatical errors."

You need either a restrictive clause (that) or commas.
oh! thanks for clearing that out.
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Old 07-01-2009, 01:12 PM   #30
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all we care 'bout is nana. we no work for monies, just nana. you pay us gooa nana per hour, we bust our ass and work like oxen maked good work for you, just pay us good nana please
yeah, Nana as in bananas? That makes sense coz your monkey or have monkey tenancies. I am starting to wonder if the person behind this keyboard is actually a super intelligent chimpanzee talking with me
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