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Dear teachers,

Would you please tell me if my corrections are right?

Correct the mistakes in the following paragraph.

The first time I visited Spain I couldn’t speak a word of Spanish. My money ran out after a few weeks so I had to come up with quick way of making cash if I was going to stay in the country. But I was lucky. Little foreigners got the chance to work on Spanish firm in the winter, but I did. By the chance, I met Luis in a street market. When he heard I needed somewhere to stay he said I could stay with his family and help out with jobs like cleaning the farming equipments. I eagerly accepted. Both his parents were wonderful to me. However I had a little time to learn Spanish because Luis spoke English all time.

CORRECTION :

The first time I visited Spain I couldn’t speak a word of Spanish. My money ran out after a few weeks so I had to come up with A quick way of making cash if I was going to stay in the country. But I was lucky. FEW foreigners got the chance to work on A Spanish firm in X (IS “the winter” INCORRECT HERE?) winter, but I did. By X chance, I met Luis in a street market. When he heard I needed somewhere to stay he said I could stay with his family and help out with A JOB like cleaning X farming equipments. I eagerly accepted. Both his parents were wonderful to me. However I had X little time to learn Spanish because Luis spoke English all THE time.

Thanks a million,
Hela
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To hela,

I would correct it this way:-

"The first time I visited Spain I couldn’t speak a word of Spanish. My money ran out after a few weeks so I had to come up with a quick way of making cash if I WERE going to stay in the country ANY LONGER. I was lucky. Few foreigners GET the chance to work on a Spanish FARM in winter but I did. By chance, I met Luis in a street market. When he heard (that) I needed somewhere to stay, he OFFERED THAT I could stay with his family and help out with JOBS like cleaning farming equipments WHICH I eagerly accepted. Both his parents were wonderful to me, however I had little time to learn Spanish because Luis spoke English TO ME all the time."
he OFFERED THAT I could stay with his family and help out with JOBS like cleaning farming equipments,WHICH I eagerly accepted. Emotion: geeked

paco
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I would amend it slightly differently in one or two places. [] denotes a deletion:

"The first time I visited Spain I couldn’t speak a word of Spanish. My money ran out after a few weeks so I had to come up with [a] quick way of [raising] cash if I was going to stay in the country. But I was lucky. [Few] foreigners [get] the chance to work on [a] Spanish [farm] in [] winter, but I did. By [] chance, I met Luis in a street market. When he heard I needed somewhere to stay he said I could stay with his family and help out with jobs like cleaning the farming [equipment]. I eagerly accepted. Both his parents were wonderful to me. However I had [] little [chance] to learn Spanish because Luis spoke English all [the] time."

Is the punctuation also to be checked?

MrP
Thank you all for your contribution.

MrP,

1) Are there also pbs of punctuation in this text? If yes, what are they, please?

2) Is it wrong to say "in THE winter"? When do we add a definite article in front of a season?

3) "equipment" is uncountable so it doesn't take an "s", does it?

All the best,
Hela
Hi,

With regard to your second question, I think "the" is not required there.

When you are discussing things in general, you normally use zero article with plural and uncountable nouns, but note that when you want to be specific, you can use "the".

Reference:

[url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv198.shtml "]BBC - the [/url]

With regard to your third question, the word "equipment" is uncountable.
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Hello Hela

As for the punctuation, my try is like below. .

The first time I visited Spain, I couldn't speak a word of Spanish. My money ran out after a few weeks, so I had to come up with a quick way of raising cash if I was going to stay in the country. But I was lucky. Few foreigners get the chance to work on a Spanish farm in winter, but I did. By chance, I met Luis in a street market. When he heard I needed somewhere to stay, he said I could stay with his family and help out with jobs like cleaning the farming equipment. I eagerly accepted. Both his parents were wonderful to me. However, I had little chance to learn Spanish, because Luis spoke English all the time.

Yes, in present day English, 'equipment' is an uncountable noun, though it was used also as a countable before 19th century.

paco
Thank you all for your help.

Cheers
Hello Hela

Paco has nicely dealt with the punctuation; here are a few examples of when (not) to use 'the' with seasons:

1. The flowering of our forest trees is a phenomenon that does not as a rule attract attention, but their fruiting or seed-bearing becomes patent to all who visit the woods in (the) autumn.

2. The birch, the elm, and the aspen disperse their seeds in (the) spring.

3. I read, much of the night, and go south in (the) winter.

4. Most tree-seeds germinate in the spring that follows their maturity.

5. I went to Lisbon in the spring, then spent the summer in Chicago.

In other words, you can omit 'the' when you're talking about the season in general (#1, #2, #3), but need it if you're talking about a particular period (#5), or want to restrict its application (#4).

MrP
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