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Dear Giri21,

I hope you and the other bloggers take this message in the right spirit. When I read your first post, I had choking feeling. Hence, I cut and pasted the same into Microsoft Word and have edited it thus.

"I am working as a soft-skills’ trainer where I am supposed to take grammar class for students.

Grammar is an important, as well as a vague, topic for students. I did not know how to take the class interestingly, especially for grammar.

Could anyone please give/share me your ideas for the same?"

I am sure some puritans can still find mistakes/errors in the above message. I do not claim to be an expert. As a part time student in the UK, I had shown my first assignment to my boss to get his views. After reading, he said "It covers the topic well"; and asked, jokingly, " Were you hungry when you wrote it?" I gave him a funny look and asked "Why?". He said, "you have missed out the definite and indefinite articles in a number of places. Please proof-read the document and insert them." He gave me a few examples. I think the problem is that we do not have such articles in the Indian languages.

Another common mistake that I have found, with a few of my Indian colleagues, is the use of double past tense. My friend says "I did told him." and "they did came yesterday.", etc.

As I wont, I searched the web and found the following site. I hope you find it useful and interesting.

The Fun of Learning English! ESL Resources for Students and Teachers found at

From United Kingdom
I fully agree with Simhan. As I am writing this mail, I saw in a TV show, the Anchor asking a famous actress " When are you RETURNING BACK to Tamil films ?" Returning is "coming back" and hence Returning back means, Coming back and going back again... ie Double Negative.
While speaking, we can afford to commit mistakes but people look for only message and there is no way of correcting them. However, while writing a sentence in a public domain, what you say is recorded and visible for everybody to see. Therefore, it is always advisable to double check what you write before posting !!!!
Best wishes

From India
Dear Sri NarasimhanJi,
Yet again you are back with your own way correcting and advising on this topic. Thanks a lot on my behalf and on behalf of others who are closely watching your response on different areas.
While on the subject, I am pursuing my Ph.D on a different and unique subject " Role of HR and Training on the Private security force in industries. I have presented many papers so far since 5 months. I have presented them with my insights and experience I gained in this industry I am associated with , since 10 years in leadership role handling various areas. Many academicians and industry practitioners have appreciated my topic and encouraged me to proceed further with academic point of view.
I would request you to please your share insights and thoughts on the above subject. May I request you to suggest some good literature review to support in my journey?
V. Rangarajan.

From India, Pune
Dear Rangarajan,
Thank you very much for the sentiments expressed; I wish you all the best with your pursuit. I have no knowledge of that industry. Kindly see if the article at is of any use. There are more links at

From United Kingdom

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