Thank every member who answered readers' questions last time. Chinese English learners from Wechat are very happy to recieve your replies. Here are more questions from them: |
Q1: How did the Friday after Thanksgiving come to be known as "Black Friday"? And how did the Black Friday shopping tradition get started? Is it a shopping festival made up by retailers like the "Double 11" online shopping carnival on November 11th in China?
Q2: The 2014 US midterm elections begin this week. What is a midterm election in the US? What is at stake in this midterm election? Could the results of a midterm election affect the general election?
Q3: Both Australia and Canada are independent nations with their own forms of government. Why do they have Queen Elizabeth II of the UK as their sovereign and the Queen seems to have high prestige among the masses? Could you tell me more about the Commonwealth of Nations?
Q4: Frank Underwood, the protagonist of the TV show House of Cards, in an episode was asked by an old friend at a get-together who else could call him Francis. He said that only his wife, Claire, could. What're the different implications between calling him Frank and Francis? How do names or nicknames indicate people’s closeness?
Q5: A great number of Latin words and expressions, such as vice versa, de facto, per se, are used in oral and written English. Are these words often used as adverbs? Could you introduce some other commonly used words with foreign roots used in the English language?
Q6: Sometimes we use more than one adjective in front of a noun: for example, a round red tablecloth. And here we place "round" before "red". Are there any rules for the order of adjectives modifying a noun in English?
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