Almost all people (not almost people) like pizza!

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Do you like pizza? I certainly do! I especially like the pizza at Lombardi’s, the most famous and excellent pizza place in New York. I would guess that almost all people on the planet earth like pizza. And that, my friends, is the point of this lesson. A very common mistake I hear is this: X  Almost people like pizza  X Please be careful, ok… We don’t say almost people. The correct phrase is: Almost all people like pizza  – OR  –  Most people like pizza. ← Both are ok and mean the same thing. How about in your country? What food do almost all people there like to eat? If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

The Third Person S

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Here’s a question: Who loves you? I love you. You certainly love you, and I am sure that he (or she) loves you too! So many people forget to add the (s) when they talk about “he,” “she,” or “it.” Please remember this sentence: I love you, you love you, he (she) loves you. Don’t forget the “s” for he and she. I send you my love and kisses for remembering the “s.” If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

One-Point English Lesson: Used To

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I used to have a 1968 Ford Mustang. It was my first car. I used to drive it everywhere. One of my friends in those days had a 1970 Mustang, and we used to try and race each other.  Now, I drive a Jeep. It’s my first car with a stick shift. I am slowly getting used to driving it now, but when I first got it,  it was hard to get used to driving a shift car. I guess as time goes by I’ll be used to it, but no car will ever be as fun to drive as my ’68 Mustang. In English, used tohas two meanings and uses, and that is the pont for today’s One-Point English Class. Let’s have a look: I used to drive it everywhere. I used to eat cereal for breakfast everyday. I used to live in Japan. In these cases, used to refers to a past habit. When I was younger, I ate cereal for breakfast all the time. I dont eat cereal for breakfast anymore, it is not my habit anymore. So, I would say, “I used to eat cereal for breakfast.” In the above examples, used to describes a past habit. The grammar is used + [V Infinitive]: …

One-Point English Lesson: Singular vs Plural Nouns

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I like chicken. Do you? I also like chickens. How about you?  Two interesting questions, right?  “I like chicken” Vs. “I like chickens”. Do you know the difference? Today’s online English Class will give you the answer. “I like chicken” refers to chicken as a food. If you like chicken, you are talking about food.  “I like chickens” refers to chickens as animals. If you like chickens, you probably like to watch that animal.  When the word for an animal is the same word as the food from that animal, you must use the plural form when you want to say you like the animal. When you want to talk about the food, you need to use the singular form. Look carefully at these examples. All of these sentences talk about the animals themselves – as pets, for example: 1. I like dogs. 2. Jane likes cats. 3. My sister doesn’t like snakes 4. Chickens are dirty. Now, look carefully at these examples. All of these sentences talk the food from the animals: 1. I like dog. (This means I like to eat dog meat) 2. Jane likes cat. (This means she likes to eat cat meat) 3. My sister …

Present Vs. Present Progressive – One Point English Lesson

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Here on Long Island, we are in the middle of a very cold winter. Today is especially cold. I am looking out the window into my garden. It looks cold! We have had a lot of snow as well. In fact, it snows every week, and it is snowing now. In my house, I am the one who has to shovel the snow. It looks like my neighbor is shoveling his driveway now, while it is snowing. I shovel after the snow has stopped. For today’s English lesson, we will look at basic verb tenses – simple present and present progressive. We will also look a bit at some stative verbs which can be used in simple or progressive forms. Simple Present is used in two ways. First, it is used when we make statements about “general facts”. General facts can be true in the past, in the present, and in the future: It looks cold outside. Today is Sunday. Snow falls from the sky. Secondly, we used simple present when we talk about our habits ore usual activities: I shovel after the snowstorm. My dog eats in the evening. Yalcin studies English an hour a day. Present Progressive is …