because people speak English
Welcome to the first Writing Challenge of 2012! This year we will be focusing on some specific problems that I noticed in your writing in 2011. Each month I will challenge you to become an expert in a certain aspect of the English language.
This month we are going to work on uncountable nouns. Do you ever catch a friend using the word informations? What about the word advices? These are not English words. Information and advice are uncountable nouns. They don't have plural forms and we treat them as singular. Can you think of some others? Write them down! Then you will be ready to take this month's challenge.
1. Review this lesson on uncountable nouns. Come up with at least five uncountable nouns that you want to use. (Ten would be great!)
2. Open up a blog post. Use the title Writing Challenge: Uncountable Nouns
3. Write a letter to a MyEC friend using your uncountable words. Highlight all of the words that are uncountable. Be careful. There are a few words that can be both countable or uncountable.
4. Share your letter with your friend, and challenge him or her to answer with uncountable nouns.
5. Share a link to your letter in the comments below.
Welcome back to MyEC! We missed you so much. You are a member who is admired for your knowledge and beauty. When you were gone everyone wrote to me. They said, "Where's the lovely Karenina?". You are a MyEC celebrity because you treat people like royalty*. In fact, you are the K in this ABC's of EC video! You always give people great advice for living and learning. Sometimes I think I can hear your laughter in your comments.
Your friendship is very important to me. I wish we could get together for tea. Do you take milk and sugar? I prefer honey. Should we have an online tea party?
Well, I guess I should get going. I need to put the rice on. We're having a stir fry for dinner. I'm waiting for some furniture to arrive. My kids are getting new dressers. They are graduating from their plastic storage bins!
Bye for now,
PS-Karenina: Will you accept this month's writing challenge? Write back using 5-10 uncountable nouns. Post your response on your blog following the instructions above.
*royalty in this case is used collectively to refer to members of a royal family. When do we use the plural "royalties"?
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