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Че ж я строем не хожу? :(

Сегодня, по странному стечению обстоятельств, темой сегодняшней писанины Дэйв объявил счастье. Мы как раз проходим definitions (определения) и уже прошли несколько типов: классификация, примеры, отрицание. Я не буду на этом останавливаться, если кому разъяснений - скажите, я напишу. Суть в том, что Дэйв потребовал от нас определение счастья с примерами. Я открыла свой пост с телефона и пошла строчить. Кое-что личное выкинула, что-то, наоборот, добавила. Проверила. И понесла на проверку. От моей композиции он пришел в восторг. Восхитился романтичностью, похвалил примеры, поставил пятерку за словарь. И за грамотность "А-"
В общем, говорит, good job.
Потом я отредактировала сочинение соседа, в результате чего он получил первую за курс "B". Потом отредактировала сочинение соседки (у нее вообще всегда "С-"). Потом объяснила ей, что если она хочет улучшить свой writing, то пусть пишет короткие эссе, хоть на 5-6 предложений и предложила свою помощь в проверке. Рассказала, что вот у меня уже третья пятерка, а ведь были "С", как у нее. И что всего 5-6 топиков на английском мне помогли так скакнуть. Соседка кивала и смотрела на меня, как на волшебницу (а я что, я сама обалдела :))
Но, едрическая сила, почему ж я на тестах неизменно получаю свою "С"?! Я не волнуюсь и не нервничаю, мне хватает времени, чтобы написать черновик, проверить вдумчиво ошибки и переписать все на чистый лист. А в итоге - опять "С"!
И никак я строем не пойду, хоть ты тресни! А до финального теста остается всего один последний обычный. Понятно, что "С" - это проходной балл. Но все равно как-то... Обидно!

Today it was a strange coincidence that Dave asked us to come up with and write a definition of happiness. I copied my post about happiness from LJ. I threw out some private things, added more examples, checked my paragraph and gave it to Dave. He liked it, complimented my romanticism, examples, vocabulary and marked an "A-" for the grammar. "Good job" - he said.
After that I checked a composition of one of my classmates. He got his first "B". I checked a composition of another girl (she always gets a "C-"). Later on I explained to her that she has to write short essays for improving her English and I offered my help. She nodded and looked at me as if I were a magician.
However, why the hell do I always get a "C" on the exams? I don't worry, I'm not nervous, I have enough time to write a draft, check it and rewrite. And get a "C" again as a result!
There is no way I can get a higher mark. I have only one more test before the final exam. I know, a "C" means that I pass. But, anyway... It's a pity!

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archaicos
Mar. 17th, 2012 07:55 am (UTC)
Today it was a strange coincidence that Dave asked us to come up with and write a definition of happiness.
I've inserted those few words because I don't think most people have defined what happiness is for them, they probably have to think about it first and only then write it.

I threw out something some private things, added more examples, checked my paragraph and gave it to Dave.

After that I checked a composition of one of my classmates.
Or you could say "...checked a classmate's composition".
Also, while "composition" may not be wrong, I'd use something like "work" or "writing".

I checked a composition of other another girl (she always has gets a "C-").
When we introduce something countable or someone and want to use "other" in that introduction, we use "another". "Another" is a contraction of "an" and "other". Your indefinite article is here, right in the word. If you want to refer to something or someone that's already been introduced, you can use "the other" or "that other". A bare "other" before a countable object is wrong, it needs some kind of "determiner" like "a(n)/the", "my/his/their", "this/that/these/those" or "three", etc. Perhaps, you should just treat "other" as a regular adjective like "red" or "big" in such situations.

Later on I explained to her that she has to write short essays for improving her English and I offered my help.

She nodded and looked at me as at a magician.
While not wrong, I'd rather write "... as if (as though) I were a magician". Note the "were", it's not "was". Here we have a case of the subjunctive mood (because of the hypothetical, not real situation). The subjunctive is slowly dying out. In speech it's quite common to hear "as if I was", but in proper writing it still should be "as if I were". You can look this up online for details.

However, why the hell do I always get a "C" for on the exams?
Pay attention to the difference between questions and... not questions. :)

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