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How to Speak English Better | Learn English Live 39 with Steve Ford

 

Hello! Hello! Hello everybody, welcome to your English lesson. Today I'm going to be talking about some things that many English Learners have difficulty using: neither and so, double negatives, subject-verb agreement and conditional sentences. Of all these grammar points, the one that I want to talk about the most is neither and so. It's a grammar point that a lot of people have studied once or twice. They understand it and then they put it in a drawer somewhere and forget about it. Then when they come to use it, they don't know how to use it. So for example:

John: I'm hungry

Jane: So do I. (incorrect)

This is a very common mistake, one that I see every day. whenever you're using the verb be then you should use so am I. In my video Lesson above you will learn much more.  

If I was? If I were? What's the difference? | Learn English Live 38 with Steve

 

 

Hello, hello, hello everybody! Is it difficult for you to understand the difference between if I was and if I were? if your answer is yes, you are not alone and I hope that this lesson helps you.

So as you can see in the picture above, we can use as if in the simple past this is also known as the subjunctive.

So in our first example above we can see “ she acts as if she were the queen”. In this case we use “ were” because she will never be the queen it's just her dream to be the queen.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, in the case of King Aragorn, he is in fact a king and he becomes a king in The Lord of the Rings. in this case we can say, “ he acts as if he was a king”. Are you confused? Not to worry you will understand much better after watching my video lesson.

 

 

Last but not least, I also give some examples of how we can use as if and if sentence in slang.

Learn English Grammar | should, must, ought to, may, might | Learn English Live 37 with Steve

 

Hello, hello, hello everybody, Welcome to your English lesson. Today we are going to be doing a lesson on modals. one big difference as you can see in the picture above is how to use should and must in the picture below. so the big difference is very obvious colon should is a suggestion, it would be a good idea, however, have to or must is an obligation it means we don't have any choice or that there is a strong need.

 

Very often it is common to use must in more formal English for example when there are rules and regulations.

 

  In the case of should we can also use ought to which means the same thing. However, in British English you can use oughtn’t or ought not but in North American English it is not common.

 

For more advanced learners, should and must and other modals have a different meaning when they are used in the past as you can see in the pictures above