Time, Space, & Experience – Countable and Uncountable Nouns

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New Youtube English Lesson! Today is Word Wednesday, Lesson 4. In this lesson, we’ll look at Time, Space, & Experience. These are three nouns that have both a countable and uncountable usage. Click the CC button to see the subtitles and download the transcript of the examples below. Are you ready? Let’s check it out! I hope you like this lesson…if you do, please take a minute and subscribe to my YouTube Channel! 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!

Using Know How & Know-How – English Vocabulary Lesson

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English Vocabulary Know How I’m sure you guys know how to use the word “can” to talk about ability. For example, I can play the guitar or I can dance. Well, we use the verb phrase “know how” and the noun, “know-how” to talk about our abilities. That’s the subject of this YouTube video English lesson. Check it out! 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!

Confusing English Vocabulary – Barbecue (BBQ)

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The weather is getting warmer and that can only mean one thing…it’s barbecue season. The word barbecue is interesting in English because it can be used as a verb, an adjective, and in two ways as a noun. A lot of English learners have trouble with this word, but not after watching this video. Check it out! 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!

15 Collective Nouns to Describe People – English Grammar Lesson

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A collective noun is a noun that refers to a group and in today’s lesson we will focus on collective nouns that refer to groups of people. Here are 15 common collective nouns that refer to groups of people: army,  audience,  band,  board,  choir, class,  community,  crew,  crowd,  family,  group,  panel,  staff,  team, &  troupe For example: An army is a group of soldiers. An audience is a group of spectators at an event. A band is a group of musicians. A board is a group of company executives. A choir is a group of singers. A class is a group of students. A community is a group of people who live in a certain area. A crew is a group of people who work on a vehicle like a train, ship, plane, etc. A crowd is a large group of people. A family is a group of related people. A group is many people together. A panel is a group of people who are experts in a certain field. A staff is a group of workers in a store or office. A team is a group of players or athletes. A troupe is a group of dancers In American English, …

One-Point English Lesson: Using Reason With For & Why

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Hi English Language fans! How’s your week going? Today I want to show you how to use for and why with the noun reason. You can use reason + for. What is his reason for being late? Did you tell your teacher your reason for missing class yesterday? You can also use for + reason I like pizza for two reasons. It’s delicious and reasonable. I asked you to come here for a reason. You can also use reason + why/that + S + V The reason why he was late was unusual. I heard the reason that she missed class. In casual English it’s also possible to use reason + S + V (without why or that) The reason he was late was unusual. I heard the reason she missed class. Now it’s your turn. How about trying to write an original sentence using some of the above patterns. Use the comment box below!

One Point English Lesson: Using Plural Nouns When Speaking “Generally”

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Listen to the lesson as you read: [powerpress url=”http://blog.myhappyenglish.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Using-Plural-Nouns-When-Speaking-Generally1.mp3″] Ok, so here is an important point that will help you sound more natural when you use English. As you know nouns in English can be countable, like pen → pens, or banana → bananas, and non-countable, like fruit or water. When we are talking about things in general, in other words, not specific things, we always use the plural form of countable nouns or the non-countable noun. Here are a few examples: Which do you like better, cats or dogs? Not, Which do you like better, cat or dog. Bananas are cheaper than strawberries. Mobile phones have become essential tools in our daily lives. Do you often go to baseball games? What kind of fruit do you like? Do you prefer coffee or tea? Be careful! In some cases, the name of the animal (like chicken) is the same word as the name of the meat from that animal (like chicken). So when you talk about the meat, then use the singular form, because the words for meat (like chicken, beef, pork, etc) are not countable. If you use the plural form, it means you are talking about the animal, …

English Lesson: Time; Countable & Uncountable!

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I have a little free time today, so I am going to head into Manhattan and visit the Metropolitan Museum. The MET is very big, and if you want to see everything, you’ll need a lot of time. I love this museum and I have been there many times. The last time I went there was over the summer. It was nice and cool! Today I want to talk about the word time. As we said last week, there are two kinds of nouns in English, countable and uncountable. Nouns like pen, book, and banana are countable because we can count pens, books, and bananas using numbers. Nouns like water, love, and sand are not countable. The noun time has both a countable and an uncountable form. Time #1  – “Clock Time”  –  Uncountable. Time is represented on a clock. There are numbers on a clock, and we can look at time passing. A clock shows us hours and minutes, and we can count these. However, when the word time is used in this way, we cannot count it and there is no plural form. We can count elements of time, such as hours, minutes, days, weeks months, and years, but …

English Lesson: Articles. When to Use “The”

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I saw a man and a woman today. The man was very short, and the woman was very tall. The man was carrying a newspaper. I don’t usually read the newspaper. The news is generally bad anyway, so why bother.   We spent some time this week talking about nouns and the indefinite articles a and an. Click here if you need to review. Today, let’s talk about the definite article, the. There are three basic rules for using the. Talking about specific or particular things When a noun represents a specific or particular thing, use the. Compare the following sentences: 1. I ate a banana. (It’s not a specific banana, just one of many) 2. I ate the banana I bought yesterday. (It’s a specific banana – the banana I bought yesterday) 1. We had a meeting this morning.  (It’s not a particular meeting, just one of many) 2. We had the budget meeting this morning (It’s a particular meeting – the budget meeting) 1. Jenny gave me a nice pen. (There are many pens, Jenny gave me one) 2. Thanks for the nice pen you gave me. (The nice pen is specifically the one you gave me) Mentioning …

English Lesson: Articles. Review of A & An

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Before moving ahead, let’s take a moment to review the concepts that we have covered so far. For more details, check out the previous three lessons from this week. Countable and non-countable nouns There are two kinds of nouns in English, countable & non-countable. Countable nouns can be counted with numbers. A countable noun is a noun that you can count with a number. For example, 1 banana, 2 oranges, 3 dogs, 5 cars, etc. Non-countable nouns cannot be counted with a number. Liquids, like water and milk, group nouns, like fruit and furniture, and abstract words like love and trouble are not countable. Talking about things in general. When you want to talk about things in general, use a countable noun in the plural form, or a non-countable noun like this: I like dogs. Bananas are yellow. Fruit is very good for you. Water covers most of the earth. You can also use a or an before a countable noun when making generalizations, like this: A dog is a good pet. An apple is red. A vacation would be nice. Talking about one of many When you talk about something that is non-specific or “one of many”, use a or …