http://www.engvid.com/ I'm sure "you seen" it before, but that doesn't make it right. This lesson will help you understand and correct three very common grammar mistakes that even many native English speakers make every day. Test your understanding of this lesson with the quiz: http://www.engvid.com/i-seen-it-and-other-stupid-mistakes/
Many thanks for this lesson, it was very educational :) I wish you could make more videos about this topic as we, ESL-students, do beleive whatever we see in movies or series and we start using some phrases or grammar constructions, which are incorrect (but we don't know that). Thanks again!
I can justify the "I seen it" by that it's easier to pronounce than "I saw it", as in the latter there is a hard-to-pronounce combination of vowels. Considering that letter "w" in the word "saw" sounds like a vowel [u], we basically have 3 vowels in a row. That's damn hard to pronounce. Now on the other hand we got the "I seen it", which is perfectly easy to pronounce even though it ain't correct grammatically.
Now my native language pays A LOT of attention to stuff like that, so in it, "I seen it" would've become a norm long ago. But I see it becoming a norm of speaking in English in future too, as language is constantly developing.
While James may be a competent teacher the editorializing in this video was unnecessary and at times incorrect. First: English is not a prescribed language, unlike French for example. Second: There are many variations of English out there (call them dialects or creoles or whatever). To disparage his friend from 'the ghetto' (really?) as sounding stupid was stupid. Ghetto speak, Ebonics, Black American English. Call it what you will, but it isn't 'bad' English. Now if you want to talk about register etc, then you have a subject to expand and expound on.
Erik Sandberg "Ghetto speak, Ebonics, Black American English" result from marginalisation of black people by the white majority population. Education was prohibited for enslaved Africans, who adopted the language of the poor, uneducated whites that they were "closest" too. It is bad English, and it's pervasive. Black people that can't/won't break the habit of speaking poorly find themselves in poorly paid employment, if at all.
Hi James,,,, what a good lesson isnt it? :) I really love the way you're teaching,,,, :) by the way, could you help me to explain to us what's the difference between SEIZE and FORECLOSE is,,, thanks :) sincerely
I really enjoy this video but I also have some questions,
For number 1, I think "has/have seen" is the only correct form to express the sentence, "I have seen the movie." We use Present Perfect to say our experience or something happens in the past with no specific time signal. Could you explain why saw and had seen are also correct?
For number 3, If I was a doctor, If I was there... (possible). While, If I were God, If I were a bird (impossible). That is what my teacher said for the using of was and were.
Can anybody help me?
Hello can you help me to do this exercise please.
a paragraph in negative sentences
Use these verbs:
take, talk, try, tell, turn, travel, teach, send, speak, spend, hope, create, start, be, can, do, see, sell, swim, decide, need...please do not use all the verbs in negative, just few