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“What’s the different”? “Today morning”? “I enjoyed”? Improve your grammar by correcting the common mistakes in these English sentences. A good review for all students, especially at intermediate and advanced levels. Also check our full resource of 100 Common Grammar Mistakes in English at http://www.engvid.com/english-resource/50-common-grammar-mistakes-in-english/
Quiz: http://www.engvid.com/8-common-grammar-mistakes-in-english/

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Hi. I’m Rebecca from engVid. In this lesson, you’ll have a chance to review eight common English errors. So, let’s see how you do.

The first one: “Today morning I woke up late.” So, what’s wrong with that? There is actually something wrong with each and every one of these. I’ll tell you that in advance; there’s no… There are no tricks here. Okay? So, what’s wrong with that sentence? “Today morning I woke up late.” Well, it should be: “This morning”. Okay? We don’t say: “Today morning”. We say: “This morning”.

Number two: “What’s the different?” What’s the different? Well, that’s wrong too, because “different” is an adjective. What you want to use here is the noun. So, what’s the noun of this word? “Difference”. “What’s the difference?” Okay? This is a really common error, so make sure you don’t make this one.

Next one: “I met John two years before.” Okay? What’s wrong with that? Well, over here, we can’t say: “I met John two years before.” We can say: “I met two… I met John two years ago.” All right? If you use the word “before”, then you have to say before something. “Before I graduated”. Okay? “Before I got married”, or whatever. But you can’t use “before” by itself. So the proper word there is “ago”. “I met John two years ago.”

Next one: “This is a six-months course.” That sounds almost okay, but it’s not okay. So the mistake here is with the “s”. When we use this expression, it becomes… The entire expression becomes an adjective for the noun “course”. So we should say: “This is a six-month course.”, “This is a million dollar contract.” And so on. Okay? That’s another… Each of these is a different element of grammar, different aspect of grammar, and so on.

Next, number five: “Thank you. I really enjoyed.” What’s wrong with that? Well, the problem is here. “Enjoyed” is a reflexive verb, so you would need to say: “I really enjoyed myself.”, “I really enjoyed myself.”, “He enjoyed himself.”, “She enjoyed herself.”, “We enjoyed ourselves.”, “They enjoyed themselves.” Okay? So there are certain reflexive verbs in English, and we need to use them correctly. That’s one of them. Very common one.

Okay, number six: “Did you loose your cellphone?” What’s wrong with that? I helped you a little bit by actually showing you where the error is. So, many people make this error. This is actually a spelling mistake. You should be spelling the word this way. “Did you lose your cellphone?” “Loose” is an adjective which means not tight, and “lose” is the opposite of “find”. Okay? “Did you lose your cellphone?” Also, the pronunciation is “lose” and not “loose”.

Next one: “This is an academic course.”, “This is an academic course.” So, what was wrong with what I said there? Okay? So, what was wrong was my pronunciation of that. So many people mispronounce this word. It is not “academic”. It is “academic”. The stress is on the middle. Academic. “This is an academic course.”, “This is an academic program.” Okay? So, if… In case you make that mistake. I’m not saying you do. In case you do, make sure you correct it.

Last one: “Yes, I have a free time.” Is that…? What’s wrong there? What’s going on? Okay, here. We don’t need to say: “A free time”. We need to say: “Free time”, because this is a… Time is an uncountable noun.

Now, each one of these examples represents a different aspect of grammar. So, how can you possibly learn all of them? Well, I’ll give you two easy ways to help you out. One is to go to our website: www.engvid.com, because there, we have currently I think more than 700 lessons on different aspects of English grammar and of English in general for exams, for writing, speaking, all kinds of things. And by watching them, you can find the lessons that you actually need. And the other thing is that we also have… I’ve written actually a resource which might help you, which shows 50 such common errors that people make in English, and that might help you out as well. Okay?

So, I hope you did well, and I hope you continue to do better and better in English. All the best with your English. Bye for now.
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An abstract noun is a word that means a general concept or idea, like “life” or “friendship”. We can use “the” with common nouns, as in “the sky is blue”. But can we use “the” with abstract nouns? For example, would you say “happiness is important” or “the happiness is important”? If you are not sure, watch this lesson to learn when to use “the” with general and abstract nouns. Don’t forget to take the quiz afterwards to test your understanding!
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Hi. I’m Rebecca from engVid. Many English learners have trouble deciding when to use “the” or no “the”, so I understand that problem, I know it can be a little bit confusing, but I believe that by the end of this lesson, you’re going to find it much easier. Okay?

So let’s start with a little quiz first to see where you stand regarding that word “the”. So, let’s look at this first example. Should you say: “Life is beautiful.” or “The life is beautiful.”? Okay. Think about it. Decide. Another one: “Friendship is precious.” or “The friendship is precious.”? Which one is right? Think for yourself. We’ll do one more, and then I’ll give you the answers. “Happiness is important.” or “The happiness is important.”? Which one is correct? Do you know? How do you know?

How do you decide which one is right? I’ll tell you. When we’re talking about something which is a general concept or idea, then we do not use “the”. Okay? For example, let’s take the first one. “Life is beautiful.” Now, life is a general concept, so we do not need “the”. So, this is the correct answer. All right? Not this. “Life is beautiful.” Because life is a general idea, a general concept. Okay? We’re not talking about anything specific. If we say: “The life of wise people is beautiful.” that is something specific, and then we would be correct to say: “The life”. Okay? But if we’re just talking in general, then no “the”.

Let’s look at the next example. “Friendship is precious.” Again, friendship is a general idea or a general concept, so this is correct. Okay? In this example, this one was wrong. But if I said, for example: “The friendship between those two children is precious.” then that would be fine, because now I’m specifying which friendship. Right? The friendship between those two children, so then it becomes specific, and then we would use “the”. But in this example, this is correct. Okay? Just like this was, and this is wrong, because this is a general idea. Okay?

Next one: “Happiness is important.” By now you know, again, happiness is a general idea, a general concept, so this is correct. In this example, it would be wrong to say: “The happiness”, because: The happiness of what? So, if we say: “The happiness of my family is important.” that’s fine. That’s very good. That would be a perfect sentence. But in this case, we cannot say: “The happiness is important.” because we didn’t specify which happiness. Okay? So, in this case, that’s wrong, and this is correct. Okay?

Now, the same principle applies to these. See if you can figure it out. Okay? “I want to make money.” or “I want to make the money.”? Which one do you think is right? Are we speaking in general, or are we speaking specifically? Well, we are speaking in general right now, so this is correct, because we’re just talking about money; we didn’t say which money. I want to make money. Right? General idea. If I said, for example: “I want to make the money I need to pay my rent.” that’s specific, so then I could say: “the money”, because I’m explaining after that which money. Okay? But in this example, no.

Next one: “She wants to lose weight.” or “She wants to lose the weight.”? Is it general or is it specific? What do you think? It’s still general. Good. By now you’re getting really smart. “She wants to lose weight.” is a general term. Right? We’re just talking about weight in general; not any specific weight. But if I say: “She wants to lose the weight she put on during the holidays.” that’s specific, and then I need “the”. Okay? But not in this example.

So, last one here: “He needs to earn respect.” or do we say: “He needs to earn the respect.”? Is it general or is it specific? By now you know, you’ll really know. It’s general. Very good. Okay? Because we didn’t talk about any specific respect; we’re talking about respect in general. So: “He needs to earn respect.” But if this was being used, it would be something like: “He needs to earn the respect of his peers.” Peers are people your age. Okay? Or: “He needs to earn the respect of his employees.” for example, or “of his parents”. Then it becomes specific. Which respect? The respect of his parents, the respect of his employees. All right?

So, if it was specific, then we could say “the”, but when we’re just talking in general, we don’t need “the”. “Life is beautiful.”, “Friendship is precious.”, “Happiness is important.”, “I want to make money.”, “She wants to lose weight.”, “He needs to earn respect.”
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In this course you’ll practise what you learned in this lesson about English articles with quizzes and worksheets. PLUS, there are 9 more grammar lessons and quizzes to help you practise!

This lesson will teach you three simple rules to help you to use English articles better.

I KNOW this is a lesson that you need to watch because articles are one of the most complicated parts of English grammar!

There are lots of rules and lots of exceptions for using English articles, so in this lesson, I’ve tried to explain it more clearly for you.

There are three English articles – a, an and the. It is also possible to have no article. Using each of these articles changes the meaning of your sentence.

Even though articles are a challenging part of speaking English, they are a really important part of English!

They give information about the noun they come before. Using articles incorrectly can make your sentences confusing or sound strange!

To improve your English fluency and sound more natural you need to use English articles well.
To get better exam results, you need to improve the way you use articles – especially in your writing tests!

I hope these three simple rules will help you to do that!

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