Be­come a bet­ter writer!

VANESSA CLARK ver­rät, wie Sie beim Schreiben von en­glis­chen Tex­ten mit nur 10 kleinen Knif­fen nicht nur typ­is­che Fehler ver­mei­den, son­dern auch Ihren Stil deut­lich verbessern.

Spotlight - - LANGUAGE TEST -

Do you feel con­fi­dent when writ­ing in English, or do you worry that you make too many mis­takes? If you feel less than en­thu­si­as­tic about writ­ing, then you’re not alone. You’re not alone be­cause most learn­ers feel the same way. Writ­ing can be a stress­ful process. You feel that all of your mis­takes are there in black and white, burn­ing into the reader’s eyes — even if your reader is to­tally happy to ac­cept that English isn’t your first lan­guage and doesn’t ex­pect per­fec­tion.

How­ever, you’re also not alone be­cause we are here to help! We give you the chance to self-check your writ­ing skills and of­fer lots of easy-to-fol­low tips on how to im­prove them.

Test your­self!

For each of these pairs or trios of sen­tences, de­cide which one you think is cor­rect. If you think that more than one is cor­rect, which one sounds best?

1.

A. I’m in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in jour­nal­ism or a writer. B. I’m in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in jour­nal­ism or writ­ing. C. I’m in­ter­ested in a ca­reer as a jour­nal­ist or writer.

2.

A. Our main ob­jec­tives are:

• to in­crease sales.

• find new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

• work­ing with new part­ners. B. Our main ob­jec­tives are:

• to in­crease sales.

• to find new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

• to work with new part­ners.

3.

A. I look for­ward to meet you. B. I look for­ward to meet­ing you. C. I’m look­ing for­ward to meet­ing you.

4.

A. It’s an hon­our to be in­vited. B. It’s a hon­our to be in­vited.

5.

A. My wife and our daugh­ter are hav­ing cock­tails to cel­e­brate her birth­day. B. My wife and our daugh­ter are hav­ing cock­tails to cel­e­brate our daugh­ter’s birth­day.

6.

A. Fewer stu­dents are learn­ing for­eign lan­guages these days. B. Less stu­dents are learn­ing for­eign lan­guages these days.

7.

A. Ar­riv­ing at the ho­tel, a friendly re­cep­tion­ist greeted us. B. Ar­riv­ing at the ho­tel, we were greeted by a friendly re­cep­tion­ist.

8.

A. The film star, who now lives alone, has started a new ca­reer. B. The now alone-liv­ing film star has started a new ca­reer.

9.

A. Hav­ing ar­rived at the sta­tion with only a minute to spare, I man­aged to catch the train, find a seat and make my­self com­fort­able be­fore the in­spec­tor asked for my ticket, which I then re­al­ized I must have left back at the house when I’d changed my jacket. B. Hav­ing ar­rived at the sta­tion with only a minute to spare, I man­aged to catch the train. I found a seat and made my­self com­fort­able be­fore the in­spec­tor asked for my ticket. I then re­al­ized I must have left it back at the house when I’d changed my jacket.

10.

A. I’d be very grate­ful if you could help me. B. I’d be pro­foundly ap­pre­cia­tive if you could as­sist me.

Check your an­swers on the fol­low­ing dou­ble page and, if you had any prob­lems, read our tips to find out how to avoid them in the fu­ture.

ap­pre­cia­tive [E(pri:si­etiv] dankbar grate­ful [(gre­itf&l] dankbar pro­foundly [pre(faun­dli] zu­tiefst spare [spee] übrig haben

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