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http://www.engvid.com/ Read this: After watching this video you will make less mistakes, learn farther and be the best between all your friends in English. The lesson will have a great affect on you. If you think these statements are correct, PRESS PLAY NOW and learn to fix six common mistakes in English. http://www.engvid.com/6-ways-to-fix-your-bad-english/ TRANSCRIPT 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.
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Marshal Haynes (16 hours ago)
To learn English, you have to know English grammar inside and out. The best grammar book that I've found is Mark's English Grammar Shortcuts. It's mind-blowingly good.
Bayram Ekin (12 days ago)
thanks for lecture.
Shervin Mokthari (22 days ago)
Thank you for your content sir. I am pretty sure u already know, but you are a very good teacher brother!
Very useful video I am an American English student from Venezuela South America.
Beno Biju (1 month ago)
you wrote two the by acident
I like your videos ! Thank you!
Judith Trujillo (1 month ago)
OMG!! I do these mistakes!!! Good thing I'm willing to learn <3
Poukkaa Ganeska (1 month ago)
When you've gone through nearly 2 decades of education and still need YouTube to learn your own language
Aasim Baksh (1 month ago)
I have a large number of water in my house...
5.41 Amm (1 month ago)
"Bring me to your leader "😂
Neon (1 month ago)
I met countless people who write "alot" and who can't write "definitely".
Thiago Melo (1 month ago)
You and Me? U.u terrible mistake my dear You and I u.u come on
idworkhard (1 month ago)
It irritates me when people say “there’s people”...don’t they understand that ‘people is the plural of ‘person’?!
FARIHA RIZVI (1 month ago)
You are an amazing teacher,I was very confused with the usage of effect or affect but not any more ,thank you :)
18 Wats (1 month ago)
Are you going to do a video on how to make better jokes?
Tom bomb (1 month ago)
Can't count amount.
rano nizamova (1 month ago)
Oh ... thank you
Penmuri (1 month ago)
thx a lot for a video
Beatriz Galera (2 months ago)
I´m not native and you are a really good teacher. I know what i´m saying because i´m studying Philology at University and you are the example of a good one because of the way you are teaching. Congratulations.
ZENILDA Jesus (2 months ago)
Thank you Teacher your classes are great!
Sebastian Zimmermann (2 months ago)
Could somebody explain the difference between through and across to me ?!
Jay CK (2 months ago)
Luke , I am your father . XD
Lopoga X (2 months ago)
best professor at engVid
Thanks from Ukraine, Kiev!
Vanessa Cast (2 months ago)
You're such a great teacher! It's fun to learn English with you, love it!
Abira Mitra (2 months ago)
You are a cool teacher
Esraa Talaat (2 months ago)
I guess we need a copy of you in each country a least 😂😂
Esraa Talaat (2 months ago)
Can u teach in Egypt ?😅😂
Nixon X (2 months ago)
I would want to know how to use correctly add ons like “fill this out, or fill this in or fill this up etc. it’s my biggest problem in English language. More examples - roll it down, roll it out, roll it in, roll it up.... what’s the correct way of using all these forms of speech and when. Thanks
Luiz Castillo (2 months ago)
i am too good at writing but my speaking is terrible :( i have the word but i cannot spell them
YoItzTimeToRock Bro (2 months ago)
I read in a book, and it has the word “affection” and in it’s dictionary , the meaning was love
Tatiana Ignotis (3 months ago)
Just a correction for your summary statement: "you will make less mistakes" should actually be "you will make FEWER mistakes."
Paone (3 months ago)
Whats the difference between A and THE while speaking. Replay me asap please or send me a link so that i can watch it.
Anhad Singha (3 months ago)
I have an important question here. How to stick to your accent when talking to other people ?
Sharon Owusu-Banahene (3 months ago)
😘😘😘😘😘😘 I love your videos James
Anna Marleanu (3 months ago)
Can I find something like this about Spanish language? This guy is dope! Thanks.
Alisson Leandro (3 months ago)
Meu primeiro video em Inglês! https://youtu.be/ajhYVrjBiUc
Eron Lima (3 months ago)
You are the one!! Thank You!
aishwarya 01 (3 months ago)
wow loved your teaching
Xavier Zehr (3 months ago)
You are a great teacher !!! Thanks 😃
john watson (3 months ago)
Nuclear bombs "effect" can "affect" a large number of people. affect - object on which action is performed effect - an object which is performing the action
Marco Garcia (4 months ago)
anyone wants to practice English with me?
Marco Garcia (4 months ago)
I'm thankfull with your helpfull videos!!!
Ronen R (4 months ago)
and one more- now is MORE than 1 million views, not Fewer
Ronen R (4 months ago)
Great lesson, BUT I suppose that it's ok to say- Bring your bags with you. if you are going OUT, Isn't it ?!
Murad Musayev (4 months ago)
who wants to speak with me in skype?
Paulina Alias Pau (5 months ago)
you are really good tecaher!!!! I love you! from México!! :)
Thamsanqa Gamede (5 months ago)
learning this has a great affect on me
Ayesha Khan (5 months ago)
Nona N (5 months ago)
I love your video thank you sir I hope become your student
Gabriel Silva (5 months ago)
I learn so much with you teather 💗
Junior Farias (5 months ago)
Very confused take and bring
Junior Farias (5 months ago)
Take and bring don't understand
Alejandro Pérez (5 months ago)
Affect vs Effect. Only confused by English speakers because the words sound too similar. In Spanish it's Afectar and Efecto(n)/efectuar(v), so it's impossible for us to confuse them.
Letter D'Crossed (6 months ago)
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Santiago Calvo (6 months ago)
Thanks you James! You are awesome!
Shy Sushmi (6 months ago)
You make English language sound so simple. I am learning everyday! Thank you so much.
Edgar Nahapetyan (6 months ago)
Hi James.. Your lessons are amazing, damn! I watch almost every day...Thanks for your hard work, and good humor))
Kevin Shanil (6 months ago)
Good program
khalil wedial (6 months ago)
Hello sir what's your book name
Mamy Mimma (6 months ago)
Watching you is a great pleasure
Leonardo Matos (7 months ago)
Actually, depending on the case, you could use "less than a million". "Less is also used with numbers when they are on their own and with expressions of measurement or time, e.g.: - His weight fell from 18 stone to less than 12. - Their marriage lasted less than two years. - Heath Square is less than four miles away from Dublin city centre." Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/usage/less-or-fewer
Rj nuas (8 months ago)
i love your videos and it helps me a lot.. from philippines.
i loved the way of your teaching😅😊thank u
Joel Rafael del Orbe (8 months ago)
Singing Mermaid (8 months ago)
Hello, someone, who is learning English but doesn't have anyone to talk to, I AM HERE.
jaya shanth (5 months ago)
Hi! pls send me a message. jayashanth@gmail.com
Michelle Hong (8 months ago)
That's actually wrong because you can't count water so it should be, 'there less water here than there' as you said fewer is used for counting.
Irene Prabandari (8 months ago)
"Effect" and "Affect" 😊
Aswathy Anoop (9 months ago)
Your teaching style is very nice . understand very quickly thank you.
bring vs fetch
mohamed kamal (9 months ago)
actually I love the way that you teaching your lessons it's really make me get focus on that cuz it's s o fun and entertaining and I don't get bored and your lessons are so useful and import thank you so much for your efforts Gad protect and bless you
Gwendry R (10 months ago)
please make this video a series, need to learn more
Shirley Lei (10 months ago)
How much further for asking distance is what I heard in a drama is it right?
Frank La (10 months ago)
thankyou brother for your help
Dolan Marshall (10 months ago)
your lessons are so cool and fun!!!!!thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yin (10 months ago)
Love your lectures!!!
ahsanul ilma (10 months ago)
hay, im indonesian, i would like to speak to you to improve my english skill speaking. will you sir ?
ooh my God, where where you all a long,, you such a good teacher... Lilly from Polokwane in South Africa
English Classes (10 months ago)
can I say then: "a huge amount of..."
English Classes (10 months ago)
Thanks for your reply!
Farmduck (10 months ago)
Yes, depending on the item. A huge amount of water or dirt OR a huge number of flies or oranges.
tdROBIN (10 months ago)
=P I wouldst like to hear ye teach Middle-English and give thee a challenge. I'm still learning don't judge me >.> XD. Old-English would be even more of a challenge I would think.
DEELLNESSAWO HAILE (10 months ago)
Safar Ali (10 months ago)
tnx for all yours lessons for us . you are the best teacher u are roles method is very useful ....
xu Liu (11 months ago)
Mays Mckenzie (11 months ago)
Please what does the worm stand for?
Ella Silkstone (11 months ago)
This is so annoying now XD So, affect and effect are the technically the same thing, but past and present versions of each other? Isn't the affect the consequence of the effect
Azamat Mamadaliev (11 months ago)
I really liked your teaching. You are born to be a great teacher. I am an English teacher too.
Sophia (11 months ago)
I thought affect was the verb and effect was the noun...AHHHH!
Illy Daprince (11 months ago)
NICE JOB JAMES! you rock and you are funny!
Yanti Gustine (11 months ago)
Indonesia need teacher like you ..Sir
Yanti Gustine (11 months ago)
still my favorite teacher
Sally Restier (11 months ago)
Leonardo Terra (11 months ago)
Bro, your classes are the best! You are a great teacher!
Zabавный KOT (11 months ago)
I really don't understand,why do you always paint the snake at the blackboard?!
David Zapasnik (1 year ago)
Another way of remember the difference between 'fewer' and 'less' is: If the collection of 'whatever' can be individualized, then it is 'fewer'. Fewer people. Fewer cups. Fewer rain drops. If the collection _cannot_ be individualized, then it is 'less'. Less population. Less water. Less rain. Notice that I used 'fewer rain drops' (individual drops), but 'less rain' (not individual).
Miko U (1 year ago)
Very good I Love it !!!! easy to understand and very clearly. Yes many English native though they were perfect and never admitting some mistakes on their words and grammar.
مجد البحرى (1 year ago)
thank you for imrove our english
Thanh Tâm Bùi Thị (1 year ago)
i like it so much and like it if you watching in 2017!!!!!!!!!!! :)
arch reyes (1 year ago)
thank you for enhancing our knowledge sir James
Dilnoza Urinbaeva (1 year ago)
Hi, may I know your name ? I thought I was with the book of bad english after your lesson Your classe effecting on me Wanna say thanks It takes less time but fewer words hudge meaning and people like it

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