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Coursera CEW. Week 3

[Unit 3. Module 1]Unit 3. Module 1
Observe a scene where people are interacting. You might choose a restaurant or a shopping mall. Sporting events and parks are also good places to observe people. Write 5-6 sentences describing this scene and underline the subjects of your sentences. Write a few sentences experimenting with using different types of pronouns from the tables in Unit 3. You will want to keep all of these sentences at hand as you do the writing activities for this unit.

I feel an urge to treat these writing assignments like the inane exercises we had to do at school, and write the most ridiculous thing that I could come up with while still vaguely keeping up with the subject. But I won't. I will only bitch about them a lot. So.

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Like most evenings, a number of loud drunkards have gathered in front of our house. They'd liked the place before, but after a bench was installed near the door, this has become their favorite spot. Luckily for all of us who live here, they are only loud, and not aggressive. The only time small fun was had by all, was when my dog ran among them on our way back home from the evening walk. "A small dog", one guy remarked. "Small, but well-fed", another answered.
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These exercises make me feel vaguely like I did during the visit to Israel last year. I have difficulty writing easy, simple sentences and using smaller words (I have even been training myself out of both habits), and accordingly, I have trouble wading through the resulting mess looking for the parts of speech and parts of sentence I'm supposed to be concentrating on. This constant word vomit comes out of my mouth whether I need it or not. And some places, you really really do not need it to.



[Unit 3. Module 2]Unit 3. Module 2
In your journal, continue your observations of the scene observed in journal 1. Note several vivid action verbs that you have already used. Revise some of your sentences using action verbs and/or write 2-3 new sentences with action verbs. Try not to use any of the forms of “to be” (is, are, was, etc.). Underline the action verbs in your sentences. Again, you will want to keep all of these sentences at hand as you do the peer reviewed writing at the end of the unit.

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Like most evenings, a number of loud drunkards have gathered in front of our house. They'd liked the place before, but after a bench was installed (Passive voice!) since a bench appeared near the door, this has become their favorite spot (Linking verb!) hardly a night passes without a gathering. Luckily for all of us who live here, they are only loud, and not aggressive (Linking verb!) hardly ever bark, and never bite. The only time small fun was had by all, was (Inevitable linking verb, I suppose) when my dog ran among them on our way back home from the evening walk. "A small dog", one guy remarked. "Small, but well-fed", another answered. I still do not like their loud voices though, or the way they speak in invectives, or the off-tune sounds of their guitar. It is (And another linking verb) a pity we live on the second floor and I love the fresh air too much to close (No idea what the place of this infinitive is called in the sentence) the window most of the time.
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