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Coursera CEW. Week 4

[Unit 4. Module 1]Unit 4. Module 1
In your writing journal, you will begin to practice building sentences with adjective and adverbial clauses. For this journal entry, discuss some of the advantages of the place where you live. Using the lists associated with each of these types of clauses, write at least three (3) sentences including adjective clauses and three (3) sentences including adverbial clauses. Underline the adjective and adverbial clauses. Consider their function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.

Advantages? Why should I only name the advantages? There are disadvantages here, as well.

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Our family is still living in the house <-- where I've spent 32 out of the 33 years of my life. The apartment <-- where we live is not five minutes on foot from the nearest metro station. This means <-- that getting home until 2.30 am is never a problem. Because it is situated on the second floor, we <-- go up on foot unless when carrying grocery bags. Although the house is near the metro station <-- that lets people out onto a wide street, it <-- stands perpendicular to the street, and it's not noisy inside the rooms with windows facing either side of it.
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That gerund construction in the third sentence is not a dependent clause, is it. No, it is a gerund construction that makes up part of the compound noun of the adverbial clause.



[Unit 4. Module 2]Unit 4. Module 2
In your journal, discuss any disadvantages to the place where you live and continue your sentence practice with noun and verb phrases. Write at least one of each of the noun phrases discussed in the unit (prepositional phrase, absolute phrase, and appositive phrase) and at least two of each of the verb phrases (infinitive phrase and participial phrase). You will, therefore, write at least seven sentences for this journal activity. As in the first assignment, underline the phrase in each sentence and consider its function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.

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Our family is still living IN the house where I've spent 32 out of the 33 years of my life, a twelve-storied apartment building (P [the whole thing], AP [after the comma]). Due to a lucky coincidence, seeing as when we moved the metro development was planned otherwise (AB followed by Pr.PART), the apartment where we live is not five minutes ON foot (P) FROM the nearest metro station (P). This means that getting home until 2.30 am is never a problem. Because it is situated ON the second floor (P), we do not use the lift unless when carrying grocery bags. Although the house is near the metro station that lets people out ONTO a busy street (P [the whole thing], P [ONTO onward]), it stands perpendicular to the street, and it's not noisy INSIDE the rooms WITH windows facing either side OF it (P [three of them, one inside the other inside the other]). The apartment immediately below ours is not lived in (Pt.PART) though, but left free for the state to sublet to various organizations (I). This does not always end up well for our nervous systems, for the organizations below can be very noisy, refusing to acknowledge the fact that they operate in a residential building(Pr.PART). A couple of years ago (AB), we had no choice but to wage a war, of sorts, against a not sound-proofed gym WITH its noisy sound system and no less nasty weight-lifting machines (I, Pt.PART, P).
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There is also a nice spelling challenge over at Oxford dictionaries. Three levels of difficulty and words pronounced in either British or American English.

I suck. I can only get about 9/15 words right at the toughest level even as I recognize almost all of them. I just can not spell them. >.<


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Оксфордский словарь предлагает полезное упражнение по написанию слов со слуха. Три уровня, плюс британский и американский варианты произношения.

Я - лох. На третьем уровне от силы 9/15 могу написать. В качестве утешения узнаю подавляющее большинство слов. Но вот как они пишутся, ууу. А некоторые слова просто вообще ащ. Виконт, например, viscount, произносится как "вайкаунт". И откуда там только отрытый слог взялся.

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kehlen_crow
Jul. 13th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
It could be this, or you can just be better at memorizing the seemingly illogical word combinations :-) (or maybe having studied Latin, you know know their origins and can understand which goes where).

Myself, I struggle with the double letters (exaggeration, for example), and also the suffixes -tious and -cious (which goes with what root and why? *shrug*)
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