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I am ROBIN. I am an indian and I want to speake english like the native english speakers. Please help me. I am suffering a lot due to the lack of communication skills. please help me.
Just pick out sentences and phrases that you don't "get" and ask here why native speakers use them. Or ask questions about things you don't understand. You can even ask "I want to say XYZ - what are the possible ways of saying it?", and THEN ask why, after that's been answered.
We're all here to help.
PS. Your post above was pretty good, apart from the spelling, but you are much too polite - a native would probably think that one "please help me" was sufficient.
Thankyou very much for your reply and very much encouraged with your words saying that you could help me. I will suerly bee here in this forum within two to three days as I am busy with my Exams.
If any corrections in the above passage please correct it.
I want to know the difference between SOUL and SPIRIT. If any bible reference is included it will be good.
Awaiting for ur reply.
"I am ROBIN. I am an Indian and I want to speak English like the native English speakers. I am suffering a lot due to my lack of communication skills. Any help would be appreciated."
Mostly I just uppercased the word English, and changed "the lack" to "my lack". I also made it a bit less polite (not that I'm trying to make you sound rude or anything, but excessive pleading sounds a bit strange, and would be more appropriate in emergencies and serious situations).
But as for soul and spirit, I'm afraid you're asking the wrong person here. I don't think I have either. If you can't measure it scientifically, and if there is no logical reason to hypothesize it, then I tend not to believe in it.
However, this forum contains a wide diversity of people of all creeds (which is a GOOD thing), and many of them are christians, so I'm sure that SOMEONE will attempt to answer this (and I'd be quite intrigued by the answer myself). If not, I'd suggest you repost the question in its own thread, with a thread title that hints at the question (for instance "Soul and Spirit").
Christ, even if considered fictional, is a proper noun
Is there another forum that deals more specifically with the meaning of words that might be more useful in Robin's search for soul and spirit?
Robin, I do apologize, but I think this thread is heading away from your spirit/soul question. I do recommend that you repost the question in its own thread, and then hopefully someone who actually KNOWS THE ANSWER might reply.
Rogue, no I wasn't making any kind of atheist assertion, I just don't capitalize words derived from proper nouns. It's a rommie-eccentricity, but I do at least apply it across the board. Of course Christ is a proper noun, and I would capitalize it just as I would capitalize Gandalf or Merlin, but the capitalization of words derived from proper nouns is something of a grammatical gray area. We write "jersey cow", "platonic love" and "pasteurized milk", despite the fact that all of these adjectives are derived from proper nouns. Both "boolean" and "Boolean" are simultaneously in common use. You're right of course that "Christian" is normally written with a capital letter, but since there is no general rule for this sort of thing, and since I don't really see the point of needless capitalization, I tend not to capitalize such words.
Look at it like this: suppose, in some hypothetical other reality, that we had to capitalize the word "Green" (say, because it was named by one Mister Green), but not the words "red" or "blue". That would seem ridiculous; illogical. "Ah but", someone would inevitably argue, "it comes from Mister Green so it has to be written with a capital". Yeah, right, but ... what's the point? In usage, "green" is just a color, no different from "red" or "blue". Now, okay, that was fiction, but in reality, similar comparisons can be made. I would put "boolean" on a par with "integer" or "real", and I would likewise put "christian" on a par with "muslim" or "atheist". Though I'm aware of the etymology, I just don't buy into the concept of the "proper adjective".
But like I said - it's just a personal style. Everyone must define their own. For the record, here's what the Oxford Language Reference has to say:
Words derived from proper names use a small initial letter when connection with the proper name is indirect or allusive. ...
Since I use lower case all the way, I am spared having to make the distinction, that's all. Arguably I'm breaking the rules, but if I am, it's a personal style, and at least I know I'm doing it deliberately. Rest assured though, it is not a religious slight.
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