I, Please, Need Some Help With MY English. Just One Sentence Please.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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by Anura Guruge


As anybody who reads this blog knows, and must be very painfully aware, English is my Second Language (ESL) and I struggle and suffer trying to come to grips with it on a daily basis.

I tried going to English as a Second Language classes but that didn’t work out too well because I get easily distracted.

I came across this today, in our local paper, and it gave me pause.

It was just like the use of ‘portend‘. Just didn’t make sense to me. But, I can’t really explain to you how I struggle with this English.

Just doesn’t seem to read right (or is it ‘write’) to me BUT my English is too poor for me to be able to put my finger on it:

Click to ENLARGE. It is from the local paper. So if you from around here you know where to look for the original.

Click to ENLARGE. It is from the local paper. So if you from around here you know where to look for the original.



I even posted it at my favorite ESL Forum ….

Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.


I checked with a fellow author. Native American from Connecticut. He helps me a lot with my editing.

He sent me this … and then followed up with 4 e-mails about ADVERBS! Adverbs?

In an ideal world I should get my Superintendent or Principal to help me out but that won’t happen.

But, if some of YOU could PLEASE help me. I will be mucho grateful.

Click to ENLARGE. This person, with a Ph.D., has authored quite a few books (though not as many as I).

Click to ENLARGE. This person, with a Ph.D., has authored quite a few books (though not as many as I).


About Anura Guruge

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2 responses to “I, Please, Need Some Help With MY English. Just One Sentence Please.”

  1. steve miller says :

    That is all you’ve got? After reading hundreds of columns from scores of authors since “portend” you pick this one? It’s your blog and its your agenda. If you want to lower your comments to the minutia level you have every right to value minutia at whatever high that “floats your boat”

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