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How to Learn English Fast - Learn English Live 30 with Steve Ford


 

I have a great question this week from an English learner who is very good at writing, but feels stuck when speaking. This is very common and to help her and anybody else out there, I have included some explanations of what English learners can do to improve their English. 

A: I would not do that B: So do I X (incorrect). This is a common mistake a lot of English learners make and the main reason is that they have trouble finding a way to make their answer. The correct answer would be B: Neither would I. So when we agree with a "negative" statement someone has given, we need to use "neither". If you need to agree to an "affirmative" statement, you can use "so". For example: A: I love chocolate B: So do I. Now we know we need to use neither or so at the beginning of our answer. But we have to find the auxiliary: neither would I, so do I. The trick is to take the sentence given by the first speaker and make it into a question. So here is the sentence: I would not do that. Make it into a question: Would I do that? Now take that and put in between Neither ________ I and it become neither would I. I explain this in detail by making a sandwich:

Did you know all of the subject pronouns above take the third person singular conjugation? So all of them, in the case of the verb "to be" would be "is" as in somebody is. The reason I mention it here is that it is very common for English learners to be in doubt about it. Check out the video as I do a quick pronunciation exercise with all of these words.  

There are many irregular plural nouns in English. Two classic ones are: person/people and child/children. For more advanced students, we also have the following: