English as a Second Language/writing

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QUESTION: Hello.i want to improve my formal English writing skills.what can i do?also which is the correct one:i am good at or good in something?

ANSWER: Anabell,

hello again.

In terms of improving your formal English writing skills, I would suggest some specially designed classes or a tutor - it's really hard to do that on your own if you don't have someone who can provide you with feedback and who can help you with whatever particular needs you may have. Also a lot of practice should help as well.

I am also going to suggest reading good quality English texts in your area of interest in order to familiarize yourself with the language patterns used by the native speakers.  

As far as "i am good at or good in something" the correct (in my opinion) form is "I am good AT..." but I have occasionally heard "I'm good IN..." being used as well. I'd stick to "AT" though.

Hope this helps, but if you feel I can be of further assistance, please feel free to follow up.

Looking forward to more of your questions.

Best regards,

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QUESTION: But there must be some good sites or books for teaching formal communication in English.would you please guide?

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Hi Anabell,

here are some sites/books you may find helpful:

Sites:

http://www.learnenglish-online.com/writing/formalwriting.html

http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/jbednar/writingtips.html

http://homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/jbednar/writingtips.html

http://www.shelbycs.org/hs/pdf/writinghandbk.pdf

http://einstein.sc.mahidol.ac.th/~scmal/acadwrit_howto/Formal_English.html

Books:

http://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Writing-Formal-Papers-Conclusion/dp/0558713580

http://www.amazon.com/books/dp/0800846427

http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Research-Dissertations-Seventh-Edition/dp/02268233

I hope these resources will help you.

Looking forward to more of your questions.

Best regards,  

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