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Dear Grammar Exchange members,

As we continue our grammar discussions, I want you to know that I am aware that we are all struggling in various ways as a result of the current pandemic and that my heart goes out to all of you.

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Although we may not know each other personally, we all know that there is much more to us than the English grammar issues we discuss here.

This post is devoted to the dimensions of you and your lives that I know nothing about. I celebrate all of you and wish you something far greater than improved English grammar knowledge at this time.

I remain hopeful that this coronavirus will soon pass and that we will all be able to look back at this time period and find things to laugh about. In the meantime, I am keeping you all in my thoughts.

David

P.S. Here is a song from my childhood that the times have brought to mind: "We Are the World" (1985).

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David, Moderator posted:

Although we may not know each other personally, we all know that there is much more to us than the English grammar issues we discuss here.

This post is devoted to the dimensions of you and your lives that I know nothing about. I celebrate all of you and wish you something far greater than improved English grammar knowledge at this time.

Your post above was really very nice, David. I think the sentences I quoted are particularly good to depict this forum: we are a community of people from all over the world that now shares, apart from our interest in English grammar, our wish to overcome this universal plight as soon as possible. For us to get to know each other better and perhaps feel a bit closer, I suggest that we add a short post to this thread saying where we are from and, perhaps, what we do and how we are currently getting on.

I am currently working for my company from my home and will be teaching through a virtual environment until we can resume our normal lessons at university. We have been in social isolation for 15 days and still have another 15 days to go. Best wishes from Argentina!

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Hi, David and Gustavo,

David, you are really such a nice and thoughtful man! I do wish everybody here to stay safe and healthy. One feels really worried when one reads about the number of the daily victims of this terrible infection. In addition, COVID-19 is just a terrible name to mention. Now, all programs have just one message "Stay home. Stay safe." All gatherings are forbidden. All prayers are at home. All shops are closed from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. and they aren't allowed to open on Fridays or Saturdays. The only exceptions are pharmacies and supermarkets. There is a curfew from 7 to 7. All kinds of work are affected, but safety comes in the first place.

Now, I communicate with my students via some applications like 'What's up' and 'Telegram'. I know this isn't enough, but this is the best I can do for them right now.

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A kind gesture and highly appreciated, David. 🤝

Truly, The whole world is living at an exceptional time and almost has become a closed box, however, there are some reasons for optimism; it's the first time that the whole world has cooperated to fight ONLY one foe, and all political quarrels and differences have been ceased for the sake of combating that contemporary international scourge. Hoping that the danger would fade and our cooperation endure. 

The only thing we have to do is to raise our palms and pray sincerely to our God for protection.

Presently, As Mr. Ahmed_btm mentioned, We, as well as most of the Egyptian teachers, are communicating online with our students throughout some apps.

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Thank you David and thank you Gustavo,

I just saw this thread. It was very thoughtful of you to start it, David. It is always good to be reminded that one is not alone. We are all together, although some of us are living in confinement. On this forum, we all knew already that we shared an interest in English grammar. Now I think we all feel deeply how much more we share with each other and with everyone else on this planet. We share our fears and our hopes. 

Best wishes to everyone.

Navi

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@terry posted:

How’s DocV, our guest contributor? I saw his last visit here was some time in March 2020.  Hope he and his family are ok!  I remember he is from the U.S., isn’t he?

Terry,

Thank you for thinking of me in these bleak times.  I have been having to deal with some personal issues and look forward to resuming my usual presence on the forum as soon as possible.

I join you and the rest in wishing the best for all of our community and their families.

Deus uobiscum,

DocV
Santa Cruz, California, US

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