Shaoxing opera ,one of local dramas in East China, has been spread around the whole country in recent years. It is very popular with the public , because the tunes are pleasing, melodic and full of artistic appeal, while the librettos are simple and easy to be understood, unlike the Beijing Opera, full of lines in ancient poems, and hard for the audience to catch up with.
The traditional subject of Shaoxing opera is ancient romance, usually in which , a poor intellectual fell in love with a beautiful gentlewoman born in a scholarly family. And the couple is predestinated to experience a lot of hardship, however, the ending of the story is always a happy reunion .Although a little bit stale, such story always gains tears and applause of the audience.
Shaoxing opera made contribution to the popularization of splendid ancient culture in China because it adapt many famous Chinese classical novel, such as “The Romance of West Chamber” and “the Dream of Red Mansion”.
Wish Shaoxing opera a thriving and prosperous future!
This is good, Lynn. just a few small points.

Shaoxing opera ,one of THE local dramas in East China, has SPREAD around the whole country in recent years. It is very popular with the public , because the tunes are pleasing, melodic and full of artistic appeal, while the librettos are simple and easy to UNDERSTAND, unlike the Beijing Opera, WHICH IS full of lines FROM ancient poems, and hard for the audience to catch up with.

The traditional subject of Shaoxing opera is ancient romance, usually in which a poor intellectual FALLS in love with a beautiful gentlewoman born inTO a scholarly family. THE couple is predestinated to experience a lot of hardship, however the ending of the story is always a happy reunion. Although a little bit stale, such A story always RECEIVES THE tears and applause of the audience.

Shaoxing opera made contribution to the popularization of splendid ancient culture in China because it ADAPTS many famous Chinese classical novelS, such as “The Romance of West Chamber” and “the Dream of Red Mansion”.
I wish Shaoxing opera a thriving and prosperous future!
abbie, thank you so much for your help and your words, in fact , I am always not confident in my translation work, so far I can't manage to use definite articles"the" correctly ,which has troubled me a lot since i began to learn english a few years ago. Emotion: sad

do you have msn ,maybe we can chat on msn.
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anyhow, thx again!
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Hi Lyn,

Here is one of my posts from a previous thread on the topic of articles. It might help.

Posted: 03-30-2005 12:26 PM

The correct use of articles is acknowledged to be one of the most difficult points of English grammar, so don't be despondant Ali; mistakes don't usually matter too much, as you will still be understood.

First, we don't usually use an article with plural or uncountable nouns. e.g. "there are lots of fish in the sea" NOT "Lots of the fish in the sea". "I love cats" NOT "I love the cats".

"The" is a definite article, as Jazz says. We use it for the following:

* to refer to something which has already been mentioned

"Ali posted a question to English Forum; THE question was about articles."

*when both the speaker and listener know what is being talked about, even if it has not been mentioned before.

"Have you done the housework?"

* when we are speaking about a particular person or object
"The man over there is a famous film actor."

* objects which are regarded as unique
"The sun" "the moon" "the sea" "The world"

* with adjectives which refer to a whole group of people
"The English" "The Americans"

* names of geographical areas
"The Indian Ocean" "the Sahara Desert"

and finally
* with groups of years
"the seventies" "the 1800's"

a/an are indefinite articles.

We use 'a' when the word which follows begins with a consonant. (i.e. any letter whch is not a vowel),
"a book" "a film"

We also use 'a' in front of a word which begins with vowels which sound like a consonant (e.g. 'u' & 'eu' sound like 'y', so we say "a university", "a euphoric experience"

We use 'an' when the word which follows begins with a vowel (a,e,i,o,u).

"an apple" "an exciting time"

As Jazz says, sometimes 'h' isa silent letter, i.e. we don't pronounce it, and we use 'an' in front of these words. I'm afraid these just have to be learned, but there aren't many of them. (e.g. "an hour" "an honest boy" "an hotel".)

Indefinite articles are used:

* When we talk about something for the first time.
"lets go to see a film"

* when we talk about particular groups of people (don't confuse this with the groups mentioned above)

e.g.
*jobs "a doctor"
*nationalities "an Englishwoman",
*religions " a Muslim"
*musical instruments "a piano" (but, if we are describing an action we say "he is playing THE piano", because we are speaking about one particular piano)
*names of days "I go to town on a Monday"
*with numbers "a hundred pounds" "a thousand and one uses"
*when we talk about one particular thing or person "she has a beautiful silver bracelet", " a thief stole it"

Ok - that's a fairly long explanation! Now how about some practice? Go to this site

http://a4esl.org /

Click on English grammar quizes, easy, then look at level 2 "Articles". You will find some exercises there to help you.
thank you ! I got it!:)