Guru: Hi, Ranjit! How are you?
Ranjit: Hi, Guru! I’m fine, thank you. And you?
Guru: I’m fine. Are you studying well?
Ranjit: I’m struggling a bit with English.
Guru: I see.
Ranjit: I wonder about one thing. You’re in vernacular medium. Yet you’re very good at English. I’m in English medium but I’m weak in English.
Guru: Not at all.
Ranjit: Our teacher has given us a few sentences for correction. I find them tough.Will you help me with the correction?
Ranjit: The first sentence is: ‘She told me what to do with a smile.’
Guru: ‘She told me what to do, with a smile.’ Notice the comma.
Ranjit: You mean there was a smile on her face. It’s not about handling a smile!
Ranjit: The comma makes all the difference!
Guru: Yes, you’re right. Punctuation is essential to clarity of meaning.
Ranjit: How did you learn all these things?
Guru: By reading. Reading helps us a lot.
Ranjit: The second sentence: ‘I bought a plastic red small bucket.’
Guru: ‘I bought a small red plastic bucket.’
Ranjit: What is the correction?
Guru: The order of adjectives – size, colour, material is the order here.
Ranjit: The third sentence: ‘Rohit played very well, didn’t Rohit?’
Guru: ‘Rohit played very well, didn’t he?’
Ranjit: I don’t think there’s any mistake.
Guru:There is a mistake. Use ‘he’ for ‘Rohit’ in the tag. In the question tag, a pronoun is used, not a noun.
Ranjit: The fourth sentence: ‘If you work hard, you will success.’
Guru: ‘If you work hard, you will succeed.’ Please see ‘success’ is noun and ‘succeed’ is verb.’
Ranjit: The last sentence: ‘Why are you angry on me?’
Guru: ‘Why are you angry with me?’
Ranjit: In our language&
Guru: Think in English. Don’t think in your mother tongue.
Ranjit: Thank you.
Guru: It’s my pleasure.
The English teacher had a sleepless night over a question. The wages display board at Hotel Ruchi, in his small town was a riddle to him.
The board read:
Head Master = Rs. 500/-
Rubbing = Rs. 400/-
Serving = Rs. 350/-
Cleaning = Rs. 250/-
He went to the hotel the first thing in the morning and met the manager.
Teacher: Sir, who is this head master?
Manager: It is he who makes your dosa.
Teacher: What is this rubbing?
Manager:Making the batter for your dosa.
– సూర్యరావు ఎం.వి
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