Mar 12th 2019

Your Welcome or You’re Welcome?

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Written by Malki Ehrlich on December 29, 2016

It’s the holiday season and people are getting together, swapping gifts, and sending “Thank You” notes to one and all. So, how do you respond? Do you reply with “Your Welcome” or “You’re Welcome”?

People often make the mistake of writing Your Welcome when it should be You’re Welcome! Since they both sound the same, it’s easy to make such an error. A good way to remember is to use “you’re” when it’s appropriate to say “you are”.

Let’s take a look at some comparisons:

                            Yоur                                                                              Yоu’rе
Examples:  “Yоur flу іѕ open.”                                   “You’re making things very hard fоr me.”
Examples:  “I lіkе уоur shoes.”                                  “Yоu’rе the lоvе оf mу lіfе”.
Mеаnіng:  “Your” means “bеlоngіng tо уоu”.            “Yоu’rе” іѕ a combination of “уоu аrе”.

Is it a Noun or a Pronoun?
“Your” is a possessive pronoun such as Your Cat, Your House, etc. It is always followed by a noun such as Cat or House.  Since it is possessive by nature, it never has an apostrophe with it.

Here’s two more exаmрlеs of Yоur Welcome vs. Yоu’rе Welcome that will help us understand this better:

Correct usage of ‘You’re’.
“I think your more than qualified for that position”. That’s saying “I think you more than qualified for that position”. The grammar is wrong because it does not make any sense. The sentence should be “I think you’re more than qualified for that position”.

Correct usage of ‘Your’.
You’re hair is the loveliest shade of red”. What you are saying is: “You Are hair is the loveliest shade of red” which is obviously the wrong use of the word. The correct usage should be “Your hair is the loveliest shade of red”. A contraction is never followed by a noun such as Hair.

You’re Welcome!
The Ginger Software Team

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Mar 10th 2019

3 Ways to improve your English communication skills

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Are you looking for new ways to improve your English communication skills?
Here are 3 easy ways:

1. Listen to English Speaking Shows

Find an interesting TV show, radio show, or even podcast that you can listen to both at home and on the go. Spend as much of your downtime as possible listening to spoken English. ITunes offers a great variety of hour long podcasts that you can directly download to your mp3 player. Listening to spoken English will help you improve your improve your vocabulary, learn better sentence structure and make learning the correct pronunciation of difficult words even easier.

2. Start A Blog
Use your hobbies, field of study or career path to help you learn English. While you may have a solid foundation in reading, writing and speaking in English, there will be many words that are specific to your hobbies, studies or career that will not come up in everyday conversations or during your English classes. To master these interest specific words, try writing a regular blog about subjects related to your field of study, interests or career path. Even if you are just summarizing articles in English, you will quickly become familiar with the English translations of words that you are already familiar with your native language.

3. Use Ginger’s English Personal Trainer
Ginger’s English Personal Trainer keeps track of the mistakes that you make while writing both in MS Office and online in your browser and uses these errors to determine which are your weakest areas of English. Ginger will present you with personalized lessons based on your weak areas to help you fix your problematic areas of English. Download Ginger’s Personal Trainer HERE!

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Mar 9th 2019

How to Write an Essay?

 

That’s it the vacation is over!

Now that September is officially here, we have to face the ugly truth  — the summer has almost ended and it’s about time to go back to school! Of course there’s a lot more to going back to school than actually getting out of bed on a predetermined day and finding a place to sit (hopefully as far away from the teacher as possible). By now you’ve probably bought new school clothes, caught up on all the gossip and let’s not forget, finished all of those annoying projects they gave you to work on over the break. The worst of these pesky projects is, without a doubt, the dreaded “What I did over my summer vacation” sample essay.

The perfect student essay – Or how I became a smarter/deeper/funnier person
You should see this academic essay as your very best chance to make a good impression on your teacher. This is it, the ultimate self-promotional tool that, if used wisely, could get you on your teacher’s good side for the whole year. My advice to you here is to go Hollywood! Like a good movie script, show how your character (you)  developed over the summer to become a better person.

Use proper essay structure 
 First things first – Like all things of essence and quality, a well-written essay requires the use of a formulated essay structure.  That’s right I’m talking intro, main body and conclusion — your 1-2-3 knockout combination! Use your intro to describe your frustrations/fears going into the summer vacation.

I came I saw I overcame – People (and when I say people I mean teachers) love a good “against all odds” story. Try to work up the sympathy by describing how bored you thought you would be, or how bummed you were that you had to get a summer job. Surprise and delight the reader  by showing how eventually you learned  to use the time to your advantage (by advantage I mean how you read books, did homework and engaged in otherwise uncool behavior).

Close it down gently – Now that you’ve got your audience eating out of the palm of your hand, you need to wrap your essay writing efforts. This is the place where you “realize” that you had it all wrong from the get-go, that you “grew” as a person. Maybe you helped someone along the way by showing them that reading/helping the elderly/doing chores is a great way to spend your time. Another option might be to show how you were able to outwit the neighborhood bully with the knowledge you acquired while doing your summer reading.

Last but not least – Essay review for student essay writing!
A minute before you start casting your blockbuster student essay, let’s slow things down and take it for an essay review. Use Ginger’s Grammar Checker to make sure that your spelling and grammar is beyond reproach and then try out the Sentence Rephraser to give your academic essay a bit of that Hollywood sparkle!

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Mar 9th 2019

Business Writing

Business writing skills are essential in today’s competitive work environment. Letter writing, email writing, texts for power point presentations and many other writing assignments that involve business writing skills are necessary, on a day to day basis, in every office. Business writing can be enhanced by an automatic English correction tool that offers grammar tips and corrections. (more…)

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Mar 6th 2019

Teaching Grammar for ESL

When I started teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) I was told to incorporate grammar into my lessons, rather than teach it separately.  However, after teaching for a while, I realized that adult ESL students come from school systems that tend to teach grammar separately. Having always learned this way, ESL students expect to study grammar in isolation from other aspects of the language. They are used to such an approach, and it gives them a feeling of accomplishment.
Now, in my lesson plans, I teach grammar as a separate topic. I begin by presenting a specific grammar topic – for example, irregular past tense verbs – and then use these verbs in context, in games, in conversational activities and so on. Teaching this way is important, because grammar lessons tend to be very dry otherwise. (more…)

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