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Dear teachers,

I would be grateful if you could correct my answers. There is a couple of words I didn't find, though.

I was wondering the other day where all the grannies had gone. I don’t mean the people who are grannies because they have grandchildren, but the one who used to be about when I was younger.

I think a granny ought to look a certain way, so that it sticks out a 1. LITTLE (?) that she is one.

Ideally shoe should be smallish and round – comfy and cosy. It would be nice if she sat in a 2. ROCKING chair and crocheted. By a warm fire – a real one – not your posh electric or gas ones with 3. ARTIFICIAL flames and logs.

I think she ought to wear her slippers, and have a canary in a cage, and a window 4. SILL with geraniums. Her hair would be that 5. ……………–white that shows up a pale pink skin and very bright eyes, and she would smile a lot. I forgot the cat. There should be a cat 6. LYING by the fire. The kettle would always be ready to make a pot of tea, and there would be 7. SEVERAL cakes.

The trouble as I see it is that today’s grannies all look wrong. They don’t have white hair any more – they have a rinse. They wear make-up and have National Health teeth and go 8. WALKING about playing bingo, and don’t sit and be cosy anymore.

My grannies would have time to listen to one’s 9. STORIES / CONFIDENCES (?) and make 10. SOME (?) noises, and when you touched them, they would be soft and yielding, like cushions. The modern ones are all slimline and brittle, and are too busy moving about the place.

I think we should set about seeing if we can’t bring back the Old-Time Granny. There’s a need for them – they’ve left a huge 11. GAP / EMPTINESS / VOID in our lives. We can all do with somewhere and somebody we can go to and be “cosy” every so often.

Still, perhaps nobody but me feels this way. I suppose I’m always thinking backwards instead of forwards, but I’d still like my Old Grannies back again.

It’s a 12. RECURRENT (?) thought that I may be a granny myself one day, though. At the moment, I don’t 13. MIND sitting and rocking, with a cat or anything else. Or crocheting and making pots of tea and little buns, and smiling all the time and being cosy. I think I would want to head for the great outdoors and the bingo hall, and have my hair and teeth fixed, too.

I suppose, if the experts are right and we’re all going to live longer than ever before, my Old Grannies are completely redundant. No, I’ve just got to 14. ACCEPT the facts, stop going backwards and 15. LIVE with the times. I shall try to put the idea out of my mind.

A thousand thanks,
Hela
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Hello Hela

I've put an asterisk next to ones that need changing, and an alternative after an >.


I was wondering the other day where all the grannies had gone. I don’t mean the people who are grannies because they have grandchildren, but the one who used to be about when I was younger.

I think a granny ought to look a certain way, so that it sticks out a *** > MILE that she is one.

Ideally she should be smallish and round – comfy and cosy. It would be nice if she sat in a ROCKING chair and crocheted. By a warm fire – a real one – not your posh electric or gas ones with 3. ARTIFICIAL flames and logs.

I think she ought to wear her slippers, and have a canary in a cage, and a window 4. SILL with geraniums. Her hair would be that 5. GREY-white that shows up a pale pink skin and very bright eyes, and she would smile a lot. I forgot the cat. There should be a cat 6. LYING by the fire. The kettle would always be ready to make a pot of tea, and there would be 7. SEVERAL cakes.

The trouble as I see it is that today’s grannies all look wrong. They don’t have white hair any more – they have a rinse. They wear make-up and have National Health teeth and go 8. *** > GADDING about playing bingo, and don’t sit and be cosy anymore.

My grannies would have time to listen to one’s 9. CONFIDENCES and make 10. *** > SYMPATHETIC noises, and when you touched them, they would be soft and yielding, like cushions. The modern ones are all slimline and brittle, and are too busy moving about the place.

I think we should set about seeing if we can’t bring back the Old-Time Granny. There’s a need for them – they’ve left a huge 11. GAP/VOID in our lives. We can all do with somewhere and somebody we can go to and be “cosy” every so often.

Still, perhaps nobody but me feels this way. I suppose I’m always thinking backwards instead of forwards, but I’d still like my Old Grannies back again.

It’s a 12. ?RECURRENT > FRIGHTENING thought that I may be a granny myself one day, though. At the moment, I don’t 13. *** > LIKE sitting and rocking, with a cat or anything else. Or crocheting and making pots of tea and little buns, and smiling all the time and being cosy. I think I would want to head for the great outdoors and the bingo hall, and have my hair and teeth fixed, too.

I suppose, if the experts are right and we’re all going to live longer than ever before, my Old Grannies are completely redundant. No, I’ve just got to 14. ACCEPT the facts, stop going backwards and 15. *** > CHANGE with the times. I shall try to put the idea out of my mind.


See you later,
MrP
Thank you very much indeed, MrP.

Have a nice weekend.Emotion: smile
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Hela wrote:

I would be grateful if you could correct my answers. There is a couple of words I didn't find, though.

JTT: Is this an "error" or is Hela acting like a native speaker of English? And it blew right by Mr P; must be right as rain.Emotion: smile
Sorry JTT, I didn't understand the last part of your message:
And it blew right by Mr P; must be right as rain.


Here is another exercise:

We live surrounded by objects and systems that we 1 TAKE for granted, 2 THINGS which profoundly 3 REFLECT the way we behave, think, work, play and in general lead our 4 LIVES. Look, for example, at the place in 5 WHICH you are reading this now, and see how much of 6 WHAT surrounds you is understandable, how much of it you could 7 POSSIBLY build yourself or repair if it 8 HAPPENS TO (?) cease to function. When we start the car or 9 PRESS the button in the elevator, or buy food in the supermarket, we 10 HAVE no thought to the complex devices or systems that 11 MAKE the car move, or the elevator rise, or the food appear on the shelves. 12 DURING this century we have become increasingly 13 DEPENDENT on the products of technology. They have already changed our lives: at the simplest 14 LEVEL (?), the availability of transport 15 HAVE made us physically less fit than our 16 PARENTS / ELDERS. Many people are alive only because they have been given immunity to 17 LIVE through drugs. The vast 18 MAJORITY of the world's population relies 19 ON the ability technology to provide and transport food. We are 20 UNABLE to feed or clothe or keep ourselves warm without technology.

Thank you very much in advance.
Héla
I would be grateful if you could correct my answers. There is a couple of words I didn't find, though.

JTT: Is this an "error" or is Hela acting like a native speaker of English? And it blew right by Mr P; must be right as rain.


JTT: Hela, I was referring to your use of "There is" with the plural, "a couple of words"; something which is frowned upon by PGs everywhere. You used it exactly as a native speaker would.

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We live surrounded by objects and systems that we 1 TAKE for granted, 2 THINGS which profoundly 3 REFLECT {affect} the way we behave, think, work, play and in general lead our 4 LIVES. Look, for example, at the place in 5 WHICH you are reading this now, and see how much of 6 WHAT surrounds you is understandable, how much of it you could 7 POSSIBLY build yourself or repair if it 8 HAPPENS TO (?) {happened to} {were to} {ceased} cease to function.

{I know the addition of [ceased] is here, not an option but it's one I'd choose}

When we start the car or 9 PRESS the button in the elevator, or buy food in the supermarket, we 10 HAVE {give} no thought to the complex devices or systems that 11 MAKE the car move, or the elevator rise, or the food appear on the shelves.

12 DURING this century we have become increasingly 13 DEPENDENT on the products of technology. They have already changed our lives: at the simplest 14 LEVEL (?), the availability of transport 15 HAVE {has} made us physically less fit than our 16 PARENTS / ELDERS. {predecessors} ?

Many people are alive only because they have been given immunity to 17 LIVE {death} through drugs. The vast 18 MAJORITY of the world's population relies 19 ON the ability OF technology to provide and transport food. We are 20 UNABLE to feed or clothe or keep ourselves warm without technology.

{These, of course, may not be the only possibilities, Hela.}
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Thank you for your correction, JTT.

So is it wrong to say "there IS a couple of words" and should I say "there ARE a couple of words" instead?

See you.