Author: Ansuya

Don’t Use SMS Style Words While Writing

Editor’s Note: Writing words in abbreviated forms and then adding smileys while sending an SMS might be fun. But if the same is done while writing then it becomes unacceptable. Our member Ansuya tells us more. Share your thoughts with us on this topic here.  All writing is not equal. In other words, we have to change our tone, vocabulary, writing style, etc. to suit the context of what we are writing. We must consider our audience and their needs. Above all, we should always aim for maximum readability. It is rude (in my opinion) to express yourself in a way...

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Colloquialism of English

Editor’s Note: The best form of a language is when it is spoken and written in the original form. But at times, usage of some words change to suit the colloquialism of a country. our member Ansuya shares some thoughts on the Indianisation of English words. You too can share your thoughts on this here.   Here are two Indian-English words/expressions that initially confused me: 1) The word “prepone” – when I went to India for the first time, I was mystified at how everyone used this word and I had never heard it before (and up to that point, I...

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Advice or Advise: English Matters

Editor’s Note: When you speak a language or write in a particular language, it is important that you do so correctly. English grammar is not easy but neither is it impossible to master. Our member Ansuya shares some tips with us.Share your tips on English grammar with us here.  Many people are unable to discern when to use ADVICE or ADVISE (or other words like them, like licence and license).  The basic principle to understand in making out the difference between the two words is that ADVICE = NOUN (naming word)ADVISE = VERB (doing word) So, if you are writing or...

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Beware of Health Drinks

Editor’s Note: As parents we always strive to give the best to our children. But sometimes do we fail to do so? When it comes to malted drinks, do we really read the labels? Share your thoughts with us here. Here are some very important pointers from our member Ansuya. Read the Labels I’ve noticed the popularity of so-called energy-boosting or fortifying health drinks for children, such as Milo, Horlicks, and Bournvita.  Please read the nutritional labels on these drinks very, very carefully. Depending on what country you’re in, they might be full of all kinds of nasty additives and chemicals, including way more...

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Sharing Your Marital Problems with Members of the Opposite Gender?

Editor’s Note; Marriage is not a bed of roses. There will be ups and downs in it. And more often than not, sharing the troubles with a close friend and confidante helps to ease out the anxiety and sorrow. But can we and should we share it with members of the opposite sex? Share your thoughts here. The IL family would love to know what you think and feel. Here is what Ansuya, one of our active members from the forum, feels about it, and I quote her. “Not the first time I’ve been called idealistic, and I’m guessing it won’t be the...

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