Thursday, September 29

How to Make Questions in English

Making questions in English is easier than you think, as long as you know the right way to do it. 

Please watch this video: 

After watching, please practice Question-making with the short exercise below. 

Simply try to make the appropriate question for each answer.

Note: You don't need to make questions like "Who" or "Why" - just Yes or No Questions (questions that can be answered by either Yes or No.)

Try to answer this: 

And the correct answers are....

...drum roll please....

Sunday, September 25

COUNT and NON-COUNT NOUNs: "Small Words But Big Effect"

This topic might seem simple and easy. But what I'm worried about is how this topic connects to the other parts of grammar and sentence-making. 

In fact, your knowledge of what makes a Noun COUNTABLE or UNCOUNTABLE will determine how you will use:

1.QUANTIFIERS (e.g. much, a few etc.) 2.SINGULAR or PLURAL VERBS and, finally, 3.ARTICLES.

ARTICLES, as you know, is one of the trickiest topics of English.

So, first, please watch this video: 

The answers to the exercise in the video are these...

If you have any questions about this topic, please feel free to ask. 

Friday, September 23

In which, By which, Of which, To whom etc.

This is a tough one. 

First, please watch this video

In summary, the choice of Preposition depends on the Verb that you are using. Take a look: 

More examples using "By which":


Keep on learning !

Wednesday, September 21

Have, Get, Let and Make

First, check out this video: 


                   Meaning                   Formula                                       Example

1. Make       force somebody        make somebody base     My Mom makes me clean my room.

2. Get          convince somebody    get somebody to V           My friend got me to join the trip.

3.Let            allow / permit                  let somebody base          My brother lets me drive his car.

4.Have        request / order                have somebody base      My boss had me pick up the client.

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Monday, September 19

Used to --or-- Be used to

To learn the difference between the two expressions, "used to" and "be used to," please watch this video: 

"Used to" is totally different from "be used to."

          Used to                        Be used to

  • Form 

       used to + Verb                          be used to + Noun

  • Meaning

          past habit                             be accustomed to / 
                                                       be familiar with 

  • Example

        I used to smoke.                     I'm used to sleeping late.    

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Thursday, September 15

What is “I GOTTA”?

First, watch this:

In summary…

I Gotta

Sound                          Original                        Less casual
I gotta go.                 I’ve got to go.                   I have to go.

Question: Have you got to go?
Do you have got to go? X

+Answer: Yes, I’ve got to go.

- Answer: No, I don’t have to go.
OR: No, I haven’t got to go. (UK)

Past: I had to go.
I had got to go. X

I Got

Sound                           Original                     Less Casual                
I got something.      I’ve got something.       I have something.

Question: Have you got money?
Do you have got money? X

+Answer: Yes, I’ve got money.

-Answer: No, I haven’t got money.
I don’t have got money. X

Past: I had money.
I had got money. X

Next Topic Preview: What is "I used to"?

Tuesday, September 13

Have PP or Have Been Ving? (Part 2)

This is the second and last part of our discussion about the Have pp and the Have Been Ving.

Hope you get it! Feel free to ask me questions. 

Thank you for watching!

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Saturday, September 10

Have pp or Have Been Ving?

This video will contrast the HAVE P.P. (Present Perfect Simple) and the HAVE BEEN V+ING (Present Perfect Continuous)

But since it's a wide topic, I'll have to divide it into 2 parts

Enjoy the first part. Hope you gain something from it!!

After watching this video, if you want to learn more about Stative Verbs, please read "Just What are Stative Verbs?!

Keep on learning !

Thursday, September 8

2 Kinds of Verbs: TV and IV

Another golden oldie from my selection of Youtube vids. 

This one covers a very important topic simply because most learners aren't aware that there are, in fact, 2 kinds of Verbs in English:  

  1. TV (Transitive Verb
  2.  IV (Intransitive Verb)

Hope you learn them. Good luck!! 

Keep on learning !

Tuesday, September 6

The Different Tenses of English

Nostalgic! This was my first ever teaching video.

Check it out!

A Formula for Every Tense in English

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Sunday, September 4

Just What are Stative Verbs?!

No action allowed! 

When we mention Verbs, most students think about Action Verbs.

But there’s another kind of Verb in English that’s equally important: Stative Verbs.

Stative Verbs are the exact opposite of Action Verbs. Action Verbs talk about movement or something dynamic. In other words, action.

But Stative Verbs talk about  condition, not action. That’s why their name is like that: Stative.

The most common examples of Stative Verbs are: 

like, love, hate, seem, be, have, believe, understand, know, think, belong, etc.

They also include the special Verbs that we call Sense Verbs:

Sense Verbs

                                        1. Sound

                                        2. Feel

                                        3. Smell

                                        4. Taste

                                        5. Look 


Now, why are Stative Verbs important?

Well, do you remember how we use Verbs in English? Especially how we make “V+ing”?

(If you don’t remember, please read “The Difference Between I'M CHATTING and I CHAT" first, then come back here)

When we talk about “right now,” we have to change the Verb into “V+ing” form. But when we talk about “every day, every night, usually, sometimes or never,” we should keep the Verb in simple form.

For example:

I study. (=EVERY WEEKEND)ü

- but -

I am studying. (=NOW) ü

They cook. (=ALWAYS) ü

- but -

They are cooking. (=NOW) ü

Stative Verbs, however, are a little different because we don’t use them like this. In fact, we can’t use them like this.

Stative Verbs can’t make the V+ing form.

For example,

(EVERY DAY=) I like apples. ü 

(NOW=) I'm liking apples. X

(NOW=) I like apples. ü

(ALWAYS=) I know her. ü

(NOW=) I'm knowing her. X

(NOW=) I know her. ü

WARNING: A few Stative Verbs can be both Stative and Action. So they can sometimes also be V+ing, depending on the situation.

For example, love, have, think, live, work, feel and our Sense Verbs above.  

This is all very confusing for students.

But at your level now (Beginner), the important thing is to know that there are some Verbs called Stative Verbs. And that we can’t use them in V+ing.

So, please remember that these Verbs are not usually used in V+ing form:

know, like, be, believe, understand, hate, seem, sound, belong, etc.

Thanks for reading my lesson.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. 
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A Summary of All the Different Tenses in English

Tense” means “time.”

To be exact, it means the time of the action inside your sentence.

Your Verb can either be finished or happening now, finished or not yet, etc.

I think it’s universal. Most of the languages in the world have at least 3 basic time frames: 

1.    Past

2.    Present

3.    Future

In English, each of these time frames has 4 different kinds. Take a look:

Because you’re not a teacher and you just need to learn how to speak English, you don’t need to remember these complicated names in grammar.

But you must  memorize the pattern/ formula for each Tense, so you can make sentences.

Please remember these: 

The last two formulas are not so common compared to the others, so we can remove them:

But you have to memorize the others because you need them to make sentences in English.

For example:


See? This is why Tense is very important.

You have only 1 Subject and 1 Verb, the same Subject and the same Verb. But you can make 10 different kinds of sentences!

Practice yourself again:

Each and every one of these 10 Tenses has a different meaning and situation. So you can’t mix them and use them in the same way.

If you do that, you will be making a mistake.

Now you can see why Tense is really important in English and it’s one of the most difficult topics.

Anyway, the first step is to practice making sentences and questions, by using the formulas that I gave you above. Please keep on practicing yourself. In other posts, I will try to teach the individual meaning of the Tenses.   

Please practice this way:

Thanks for reading this lesson. 
See ya next time!! 
Keep on learning !

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