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Please check my sentences

Discussion in '英語勉強フォーラム - Learning English' started by hirashin, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. hirashin

    hirashin 先輩

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    Dear native English speakers,

    Would you check my sentences?
    ①What do you like about Britain?

    ②Today, we are going to study about British history.

    ③Recently, an interesting article about Japan appeared in the British newspaper the Guardian.

    ④What's your views on global warming? (地球温暖化) (on~=~に関して/関する)

    ⑤The south of the country grows richer, while the north grows poorer. (だんだん~になる)

    ⑥I respect my parents. They have been helping a lot of poor people in Africa.

    ⑦Most Japanese people have a low opinion of their own country, while many people outside Japan have more favorable views about it.

    ⑧I found the key at the bottom of my bag.

    ⑨Those people seem to have been speaking German.

    ⑩In 2015, the survey was carried out in 10 countries in Asia.

    Thanks in advance.
    Hirashin
     
  2. johnnyG

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    What're/What are ... views ...
     
  3. hirashin

    hirashin 先輩

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    Thanks, johnnyG.
     
  4. johnnyG

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    #4 johnnyG, Apr 19, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2017
    > Today, we are going to study British history.

    You can conduct a study about something.
    You can study about a thousand kanji.

    Usually (as a verb), study is transitive, followed by a direct object. If it is a noun (my first example), then about is okay (or more acceptable). Second example, about is synonymous with approximately. (adverbial)

    I think I've heard ② enough, that I wouldn't want to test it without having taught it--TOEIC/eiken should not be asking for a right/wrong decision on this. (maybe I've been in Japan too long?!?!?)

    Study and learn are different verbs--you can (very acceptably) say "we learned about British history", but that does not make study about okay.
     
  5. hirashin

    hirashin 先輩

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    Would either "Today, we are going to learn about British history" or "Today, we are going to study British history" be correct?
     
  6. johnnyG

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    Yes, both completely fine.
     
  7. johnnyG

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    Probably confusing, but learn can sometimes be used in a way that is analogous to study: (synonymously)

    ...back when I was learning British history...
    ...back when I was learning (how to play) guitar...

    Also, read: (vs study and learn)
    I've read Shakespeare.
    I've read about Shakespeare.
    ...both okay, but different meanings.
     
  8. hirashin

    hirashin 先輩

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    (a)Today, we are going to learn about British history.
    (b)Today, we are going to study British history.

    Would there be any difference in meaning between them?
     
  9. johnnyG

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    Yes, I think a teacher could use either one when announcing a day's plan to a class.
     
  10. mdchachi

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    Just minor nuance. (a) sounds passive. Like you will be listening to a teacher or watching a video. (b) sounds active like there might be some student activities like reading. But basically no difference.
     
  11. hirashin

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    Thanks for the help, mdchachi.
     

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