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Thursday, May 16, 2019


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Hi Simon,

Thanks for this model answer!

I've got a question about the introduction where you didn't paraphrase "in addition to." So I'd guess "besides" is not a suitable synonym to "in addition to." Could you please explain why? Also, could you please explain when we can use "besides" in writing and speaking? I've heard from a native speaker that it's better to use "besides that" instead of "besides" especially in writing, which contradicts what I was taught. Thank you!

Hi Simon

how solve sentence formation problem in writing.when I am writing a letter even letter,many time this problem occure


It is not necessary to paraphrase everything in the question.

Hi Simon

There is difference between "British university students " and " British students at a university in England". The former defines all students in a university while the letter points out only for British students.

Am i right?


Correct. I did specify in paragraph 2: "British students at the university in question", but you could argue that I should have mentioned this in my introduction.

hi Simon, is it possible for you to also indicate the word count of your essay examples? thank you

hi Simon:
I am recently confusing that can I replace "the Spanish" with "the student speaking Spanish"

i hope you can explain to me .how do you use the comma in your passage . thank you for the answer

Hi Simon,
I've got a question about the use of "had risen" and "remained" but not "had remained" in the pharagraph 4.
Hope you reply me soon. Thank you so much.

In China,what we have always been taught is that you can't use the -ing form of a verb at the beginning of the sentence unless the supposed subject omitted for this -ing verb is the same as the subject of the whole sentence.However, in the sentence "Looking at the specific second languages spoken, in 2000, 30% of the students were able to speak Spanish, 15% spoke French, and 10% spoke German", obviously the subject of the sentence—students—is not the subject of the verb "looking". Is what we have learned is wrong?

what is the difference between (Ten years later, there was a rise of 5% in the proportion of those who spoke a second language) in paragraph 3 and (Finally, we can see that the percentage of speakers of other second languages, apart from Spanish, French and German, rose from 15% to 20% over the period shown.) in paragraph 4. isn't it the same information?

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