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"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream "

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  • Topic of this Week: "CAREER CHOICES - Follow your passion or follow your ability? (October 17, 2021)"

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    CAREER CHOICES - Follow your passion or follow your ability?
    (the topic was once discussed on SEPTEMBER 22, 2016)

    Making a career choice is more than just landing a job. It is a decision that has a huge impact on our lifestyle and the way we achieve our lifetime goals. But how can we decide on a career path when our academic performance suggests an option but we desire otherwise?
    Imagine you make it through four years of college and get your degree; you graduate and get a job in a related field. But years later, you realize it was actually a mistake. What you are doing is not what you actually want to do. You feel bad having to get up each day and go to a job you do not like.
    That scenario is not rare. For many people, it may take years or more to find out what they are good at, and sometimes, their skills and abilities may not equal their interests and passions. That is one reason why many college students change their major halfway through college, and many never do the jobs related to their majors after graduation.
    The fact is that you cannot be successful at something you are not interested in, but if you have no special skill in something you are passionate about, you can be discouraged; your passion can be drained, and it can be another dilemma.
     
    QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
    1. Are you doing what you love for a living?
    2. Why do people sometimes do the jobs they hate?
    3. How do we know if a job is our true calling?
    3. What should we do to make a smart career choice?
    Topic maker: Giang Hải Đăng
     

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    Word order

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    Word order in statements

    Subjects and verbs

    Subjects usually come first in English sentences. The verb comes afterward. They can be simple:

    He | lied.

    Or more complicated:

    Over a dozen of the plane's passengers | died.

     

    Objects

    When the sentence has an object, it comes after the verb. These too can be simple:

    I | dropped | it.

    Or more complicated:

    I | lost | the necklace that had been passed down to me by my grandmother.

    You can also have an indirect object before the direct object:

    He | sent | her | flowers.

     

    Descriptive sentences

    There are also sentences where the last part of the sentence describes the subject. These sentences have a subject, a linking verb, and then something that describes the subject.

    I | feel | tired.

    We | are | so sorry.

    The end of the sentence can be either an adjective:

    He | 's | angry.

    I | am | really disappointed in you.

    Or a noun:

    I | am | a nurse.

    He | is | one of only five surgeons in the country who have successfully completed this procedure.

     

    'There'

    One special case is sentences that start with "there" plus a "be" verb ("is", "are", "was", "have been"), etc., and describes a scene or situation. For example:

    There | 's | a package | on the table.

    There | were | a few problems | with that idea.

    In these sentences, "There" doesn't refer to anything specific. It just means that something exists.

     

    Word order in questions

    Yes/No questions

    For questions that can be answered with a "yes" or "no", we start with the helping verb, followed by the subject, and then the main verb (and object if there is one):

    Can | you | swim?

    Are | we | leaving soon?

    Have | you | met | him?

    If the sentence doesn't naturally have a helping verb, use "do":

    Do | you | like | me?

    In descriptive sentences, you can just use the linking verb by itself at the beginning:

    Is | he | nice?

    But if you use a verb like "feel", "look", or "seem", you need to start with "do" or "does", then the subject, verb, and object:

    Do | you | feel | sick?

    Does | it | look | good?

    When you're asking about whether something exists, start with "Is there", "Was there", etc.:

    Are there | any peanuts | in there?

    Was there | a lot of traffic?

     

    Implied Yes/No questions

    Sometimes we ask "yes" or "no" questions using the regular sentence order.

    We just change the tone of voice to make it sound like a question. In writing, we show that it's a question by putting a question mark at the end:

    That's | your sister?

     

    Wh- questions

    Another kind of question is one that requires a more complicated answer. It starts with a question word: whowhatwhenwherewhy, or how.

    When you're asking about the subject, the sentence is just the question word, then the verb:

    Who | died?

    What | just fell?

    Who | told | you | that?

    When you want to ask about another part of the sentence, it's a little more complicated. You start with the question word, then use a helping verb (or "did" if there's no other one in the sentence). Then comes the subect, the verb, and other parts of the sentence:

    What | did | you | say?

    Why | can't | I | go?

    Where | do | you | want | to meet?

    How | should | I | do | it?

    When you're asking about something that belongs in a prepositional phrase like "for ___", "to ___", etc., you can either put the preposition at the beginning of the sentence with the question word (in formal English) or in the spot where that phrase would usually fall in the sentence:

    For whom | did | you | buy | it?

    Who | did | you | buy | it | for

     

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