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Hi. James, from EngVid. Today's video is on, well, "The Book of Bad English". There are mistakes that native speakers make that ESL people pick up -- and "ESL" is "English as a Second Language". People learning English, they pick up because native speakers don't even know they're making this mistake. So I want to teach you six common ones that come regularly or happen regularly in conversation. And I want you to learn them and make your English perfect. Let's go to the board.
Now, let's start with No. 1, one of my favorite ones: "amount" and "number". "Amount" is, sort of, like, "how much". A "number" is, you know, "thing". When we look at "amount", you can think of you can't count it, all right? A lot of times, when we say "amount" -- like, "I have a large amount of water in my house" -- you can't count water. But you can count a number, so: "The number of people who come to the city is in the thousands", so you can count them. Here's an example. Tell me if this is right or wrong. "The amount of students who are late is growing every day" or "the number of students who are late is growing every day." You should say "number" because you can count students. You can't count amount. That rhymes. Maybe that'll help, right? You can't count amount. You can't count amount. So when we want to talk about a number of something or a body of something, "amount" is for things you cannot count, and "number" is for things you can count. English people make this mistake a lot.
Next: "among" and "between". When I used to teach "among" and "between", I would say, "'Among' is 'with'. So there're five chairs, and you're 'with' another. And 'between' is you're in the middle." That's it. Because I was so smart. And then I found out it's just this: two. More than two. That's it. Nothing special. When you talk about "between", except -- and this is a major exception -- when you're talking about differences. Differences you have to use "between". But generally speaking, "among" is more than two. "I was sitting among my friends at the bar." You can know there're probably four or five, not two. But "let's keep this between you and me"? A lot of times, Canadians say, "Let's keep this among us." And it's like, "Among who?" "The rest of those guys, you know. The Americans. They don't need to know this." Okay. So "between us" -- usually two, right? It could be two groups. "There was a fight between this country and that country." Right? Because it's two groups. But "among" is for more than two, cool? All right. So "among" -- more than two; "between" -- two.
What about "bring" and "take"? This is something that a lot of students make a mistake on. So you say, "Bring this to me" or "take this to him." It's very easy. "Bring" is "to the speaker", okay? And "take" is "away from the speaker". Now, if you're born in England, that's easy because they always talk about "I want takeaway." Takeaway. Because they take the food away from the restaurant, right? So one of my favorite sayings that we say in England -- not England -- that we say here is, like -- watch every space movie: "Take me to your leader." You'll never see a space movie, unless it's made by me -- and it would say, "Bring me to your leader." We don't do that. You say, "Take them to the leader" because you're taking them away from this spot where the speaker is to a new location or spot. So "take" and "bring" are easy because it's "bring -- come towards". Here's a mistake -- not Canadians -- English speakers make that you should be aware of. They'll say something like, "Don't forget to bring your bag with you" instead of, "Don't forget to take your bag." Do you know what the difference is? Well, you're leaving, right? So you need to take it away. Remember I said "away from"? Take the bag away from you. When you say, "Bring the bag with you", the speaker's speaking, you're still moving away from the speaker, right? So you've got to use this. But Canadians and Americans and Brits say it a lot. They'll say, "Bring it with you." No. "Take" it with you. You know the difference now because you're smart. And you're studying from The Book of Bad English. Good for you. There's a worm in that book. Watch it.
Okay. "Fewer" or "less". I'm going to make a statement, and think which one is correct. "'Fewer' than a million people have watched the videos on EngVid. 'Less' than a million people have watched the videos on EngVid." Which one would be correct? Yeah. If you said "less than", no. "Less" is similar to "amount". You say "fewer" for things you can count.
Hey, I've found this " In addition, "less" is recommended in front of counting nouns that denote distance, amount, or time. For example, "we go on holiday in fewer than four weeks" and "he can run the 100 m in fewer than ten seconds" are not advised."
If this is correct "million people", as an amount should be preceded with "less" nor "fewer". I'm not a prescriptivist but I try to use English as I feel it and fewer seems to work better with small differences (since few means small amount) and less where the difference is not specified and difficult to establish. Please correct me.
I know the whole point of this video is to learn English, but at the same time it's not that big of a deal. Yes, it's great to speak correct English, however to a certain degree, when it's literally just one word people get wrong I don't think it matters too much. It's good to get it right, and I'm sure this is still very helpful for people who know English as their second language. I'm just saying that some things you call bad English aren't really that big of a deal. If you can understand what the person is trying to say, I think you'll be fine.
Hi James! I just want to clarify something about "Amount". You said that "you can't count amount" but I was just wondering, if in terms of money, is it an exception? cause I see "amount" being used in bills, receipts, and banks. ex. amount due, amounting to.. and money is countable.
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Yes eight dollars is countable. Amounts are countable when you express them in units. So total amount due becomes countable when expressed in dollars, just as water becomes countable when expressed in bottles. And even that only applies if it's a whole number of dollars. $8 is countable in dollars, but $8.50 is not, you would need quarters. So if I asked how *much* money is that, you could answer 8 dollars and 50 cents, which would be expressing an amount as a number of units.
VarangianBard Incorrect. Total amount due is what is left after the calculation, and the number can be counted. item cost $10, you give me $2 dollars that are in your pocket. Total amount due is $8 (8 is a countable number). If you can not count to 8 then you must be studying some intergalatic math on weed.
Total amount due is not countable, it's calculable. Just as you can calculate the weight of water in kg, you can calculate the cost of a bill in dollars. You can count Kg, you can count dollars. You can't count how many amount is due, or how many cost it has. It's like trying to count water.