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About Expector

Hi Friends,

Welcome to my page! Do you like the above photos I took when I was travelling in China? And, did you enjoy listening to the music on my wall? I hope so.

I'm not really an English teacher, though I often help learners learn English. I love English, which is a fantastic language and now a global one. I like to write and read blogs. I hope you can check out my blogs below - don't forget to leave your comment there and I'll respond.

I love MyEC. It's a great honour to be a moderator here. I'll do my best to help keep MyEC interesting, friendly and decent. I'd like to thank Josef and Tara for offering me such an opportunity to be a member of the excellent team here.

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Tara Benwell commented on Expector Smith's blog post Grammatically correct
"@Expector I don't think it's grammatically correct, but I'll check with a grammar guru! This thread might be of interest to you. http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2565783"
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Expector Smith commented on Luci's blog post ❤ HEART ❤ Interesting information, Idioms
"Great! Thanks for telling us more about the heart and sharing all the heart idioms. I really enjoyed reading this. "
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Expector Smith commented on Hayati's blog post About the Wars
"Thanks for sharing your thoughts on war. I wonder why people keep fighting or killing - if only there were no such thing as war.  Primitive humans may have tried to survive together - facing challenges such as wild animals, storms, earthquakes…"
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Expector Smith commented on afro's blog post Writing prompt: similar but not same!
"And I'll add:  "boot, boost, booty", and "spit, spite, spate". Words like these can be so confusing. Try to look it up in a dictionary whenever you come across a word which is confusing. And it can be en effective way…"
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Expector Smith commented on as_us's blog post New World
"Welcome to MyEC! MyEC is just the place where you can learn English and make friends. Enjoy!"
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Expector Smith left a comment for Tara Benwell
"Hi Tara, Thanks for the comment. In fact, I've tried to make sure if I can use "so long a time" instead of "such a long time" - I know "a so long time" isn't correct, though. I wonder if "so long a…"
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Expector Smith commented on Expector Smith's blog post Grammatically correct
"@Tara Thanks for the comment. In fact, I've tried to make sure if I can use "so long a time" instead of "such a long time" - I know "a so long time" isn't correct, though. I wonder if "so long a…"
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Expector Smith commented on noaslpls's blog post In The Name Of Research
"Funny! Words fail me here - what do you call these?  "Pseudoscience" may not be the word I need. When it comes to research, we need to be creative or curious, though. "
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Expector Smith commented on shahab naimat's blog post Writing Challenge: THE WORLD'S BIGGEST PROBLEM... Selfishness
"Yes, selfishness can such a huge problem. "
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Tara Benwell commented on Expector Smith's blog post Grammatically correct
"Excellent post! Thanks for teaching this important expression! Re correction: Can you improve this sentence?  "It's not so easy for a learner of English to make a sentence which is natural, even though they have learned English for so…"
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Expector Smith commented on Expector Smith's blog post Grammatically correct
"@subbulakshmi I assume you mean grammar is a boring topic.  That may be true, but you really need to learn some grammar if you're trying to learn the foreign language. "
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subbulakshmi commented on Expector Smith's blog post Grammatically correct
"I agree with Decisive. I have never seen such big comments like this. Your blog is so serious."
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Expector Smith commented on Expector Smith's blog post Grammatically correct
"@Seeker Thanks for the nice comment. Yes, first you need to be able to make a grammatically correct sentence, then you should try to make one which is natural or sounds like a sentence written by a native English speaker. you could try to consult a…"
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Expector Smith commented on afro's blog post Writing prompt: similar but not same!
"How about "scribble", "scramble" and "scratch"? Confusing?"
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Luci commented on Expector Smith's blog post Grammatically correct
"Expector...thank youu, I got it, I just have never come across sth like this.. great I learned sth new!!"
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Seeker commented on Expector Smith's blog post Grammatically correct
"Hello Expector, I am a non-native English user. In my opinion, grammar is so important for an user like me. I try to make grammatically correct sentences. speaking or writing like a native is important for me also, and I try for this simultaneously.…"
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Expector Smith commented on afro's blog post Writing prompt: similar but not same!
"Nice try!  I often confuse "bouquet" with "boutique" and "antique"."
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Grammatically correct

If you say a sentence is grammatically correct, you mean there's no grammar mistake in it, but it may not be natural or impossible for native English speakers to make a sentence like that.It's not so easy for a learner of English to make a sentence which is natural, even though they have learned English for such a long time/so long and have learned all the grammar rules. But, with more practice, you could possibly make a sentence which is grammatically correct. So you should try to learn some…See More
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At 0:21 on September 13, 2014, Mustafa said…
Hi, how are you , be free to comment on my discuss learning grammar, You can help me. Thank you very much
At 10:00 on September 10, 2014, Rosalind said…
@ Exepecter Smith Thanks really for encouraging me...you are completely right, in some poor countries people have to drink the water putting aside how far is it clean!!!!
At 15:15 on September 9, 2014, Mustafa said…

Of course.This is a great place to be.You are very pleasant man 

At 11:16 on September 9, 2014, Mustafa said…

Hi, how are you. It will be nice to meet you and also discuss about my blogs and yours.Thanks 

At 21:18 on August 27, 2014, Ameur said…
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At 14:15 on July 30, 2014,
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Hello Dr Expector, how have you been?

May I ask you one question? (I'm sure my page won't get deleted for asking). Why did you deleted AH-TK's blog about Gaza and someone else  pro-Palestine blog named "Mr Obama do you have a heart?". Whereas Sniper venome's blog about ISIS(btw, I'm myself against that terrorist outfit) and Saba's blog "Nawaz sharif, do you have heart?" are still there. I'm really curious to know.

At 1:05 on July 4, 2014, flowersong said…

Hi Smith.. Thanks for accepting my friends request

Wish you all the best :D

At 19:50 on July 3, 2014, Oscar Agudelo said…
My dear friend Expector, I Just read your answer for my question and I want you to know that I really appreciate your help. You have given me lights. God bless you.
At 23:50 on April 29, 2014, Oscar Agudelo said…

Good day, my friend Expector. I need a big favor from you about a doubt I have about english grammar. Perhaps, you´re not a teacher, but I´m sure you have faced many english grammar situations, so please, share with me your experience. This is the doubt:

 I´ve been working as an english teacher for many years, but I have never traveled abroad and text books do not teach everything.   :(

Right in this moment I´m teaching the use of "some, any, many, much a lot of, a little and a few". The doubts I have are the following:

Someone says to a friend:

"Hey, can you lend me 5 dollars? I need to buy a pencil."

The other guy is out of money, so ... how should he answer?

"Sorry. I don´t have any dollar in my pockets"

"Sorry. I don´t have any dollars in my pockets"

What if he wanted to use "There + be" :

"Sorry. There isn´t any dollar in my pockets"

"Sorry. There aren´t any dollars in my pockets"

I taught my pupils that "any" can be used with either singular or plural nouns:

"There is not any water in the glass"

"There are not any glasses on the table"

But my doubt is when you want to say that there is not even one dollar in your pockets. Should I use "any dollar" or "any dollars"? Are the two answer correct but there is a slight difference between them?

The other question is about using "a lot of" with singular and plural nouns. "a" means "one", so, you can say "I have a computer" or "I have one computer" ...

then is it ok when I say "There are a lot of students in that classroom" ? Should I say: "There are lots of students in that classroom" ? Are they both correct? Is there any difference between them?

I´d really appreciate your help.

 
 
 

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