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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
The team ________ won nine of the last ten games.

After long debates and negotiations, the faculty still __________ on whether a strike would serve all the members' interests.

The couple that correctly __________ the most questions about each other, wins the trip to Hawaii.

All staff that ______ not assisting in the evacuation _______ asked to leave, to make room for emergency workers to maneuver.

The team ______ lost faith in the coach, which is why he was fired.

The police ______ not responsible for the security issues related to the President's visit. That is left to the Secret Service.

Many of the police involved at the crime scene were later suspended for lack of professionalism after the fight had broke out.
In order to make it more clear that this sentence is about individual police, we can add the word ________ after 'police'.

Elections are often difficult to predict because the majority __________ like to reveal ________ true opinions until the candidate has proven him/herself worthy of support.

I love Christmas. Every year my family _________ together and have a great dinner and tell stories till late into the night.


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260 Comments on “Advanced English Grammar: Collective Nouns”


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thanks Adam, great explanation and interesting lesson.. I got 9, I was confused about the number 10, then I have notice that there is ‘have’ so the answer should ‘get’

Saturday, February 1st 2014

    oh! I’m sorry, i got 8 correct i’ve noticed that the items are only 9

    Saturday, February 1st 2014

      bingo !! me 2 i got 8 out of 9

      Monday, November 28th 2016

    hello friend.please.can you help me?we are together study.

    Sunday, February 2nd 2014

      Hi yes i want a polit friend to practice english

      Tuesday, July 12th 2016

    hi drmmbae.i’m happy to read about you i’m a future teacher of english.

    Sunday, February 2nd 2014

I made dumb mistakes. Second guessed myself.

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Thank you very much for your useful lesson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Thanks I got 67%.

Saturday, February 1st 2014

    Yeah, difficult quiz! But the clue to succeed in doing something is NEVER to give up.

    Regards Abdul

    Monday, February 3rd 2014

    You are Better then me :(

    Saturday, February 8th 2014

    hi

    Saturday, February 8th 2014

Thank You Adam! After first listening this lesson i tried to do quiz. But it was very wrong idea. Level 3-Advanced of grammar require more attention. My score 57%.

Saturday, February 1st 2014

this is bit confusing lesson…i got 47 marks

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Thank you, Adam. It was interesting lesson :) I mistook No. 3 and No. 5. I understand No. 5’s correct answer. But about No.3…. “Win” was plural. So I was influenced by “wins,” wasn’t I? I was still confused :(

Saturday, February 1st 2014

    Gee!!! Hope Adam can help us out soon.

    Regards Happy04

    Saturday, February 1st 2014

    Hi!
    3. “The couple that correctly answer the most questions about each other, wins the trip to Hawaii.”

    I think that in the first part of the sentence (before the comma) you’re talking about each person of the couple (two members, plural) you notice that because it says “..answer the most questions about each other” the answers are individual but in the second part you’re talking about the couple like a singular (one of all the couples wins the trip).
    It’s really confusing at first because you have to see that “The couple that correctly answer the most questions about each other” all that, is the subject of the second part (wins) – THAT couple will win.

    I don’t know if it’s correct what I am saying but I understood that ):

    Tuesday, February 11th 2014

      Good job Maruu

      Tuesday, February 18th 2014

    Hi Happy,

    Maruu gave an excellent answer. In the first part, the expression ‘about each other’ means that each member of the couple must answer as individuals. In the second part of the sentence, the couple as a unit the two people together) will win the trip.

    You are right, though; this was a difficult question.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

      Oh, I see…really difficult for me. But I feel like I more or less understood that. This time, I could answer No.3 correctly. Instead of it, I couldn’t answer No. 7 correctly…hahaha…maybe I’m still confused about corrective nouns. I have to review.
      Thank you so much, Adam and Maruu :D

      Tuesday, February 18th 2014

      very interesting… thanks.)

      Tuesday, April 29th 2014

      though confusing but very interesting… thanks.)

      Tuesday, April 29th 2014

      agree!!

      Sunday, December 6th 2015

      Hello Adam,

      exactly, i am confused about “peoples”,”fishes”,”fruits”, etc. is it always form as singular or plural. eq : ‘In 1980 the floralies, the flower festival, was held in North America for the first time in Montreal.’ Would you like to explain a little bit for me? Thank you for your help.

      Sunday, December 6th 2015

      The question number 3 should be WIN (not wins)

      3. The couple that correctly __________ the most questions about each other, wins the trip to Hawaii.

      Thanks

      Wednesday, July 13th 2016

        Ops.. My mistake. I was wrong hahaha.. sorry

        Wednesday, July 13th 2016

I got 56. it was difficult to me to get the correct answer.

Saturday, February 1st 2014

It´s very interesting but it´s not very to understand from me because in Spanish it´s completely different.I´m going to watch it many times till I understand it perfectly. Thanks Adam from Spain.

Saturday, February 1st 2014

it is really helping me to improve.. thank you

Saturday, February 1st 2014

i got 67 %. so glad

Saturday, February 1st 2014

70% :)

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Hi Adam. This class was great!! thanks a lot. See you soon

Saturday, February 1st 2014

thank you so much Mr.Adam
the two sentence mentioned below as they are very similar as they are very important
The team ________ won nine – has
The team ______ lost faith – have

BR,

Saturday, February 1st 2014

    Good examples :)

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Thanks Adam.

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Thanks

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Thank you, Adam, for this useful lesson! From now I won’t be confused with these collective nouns.

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Thanks again Adam. Hard lesson to me. The worse score I’ve ever had, 44%, 4 of 9.

Saturday, February 1st 2014

    You got 4 OUT OF 9? Well… that’s not to bad.

    … I would say . . . this lesson was hard FOR most of us.

    Regards Sanuser

    Saturday, February 1st 2014

      Correction: Well…that’s not TOO bad.
      Sorry, my mistake.

      Saturday, February 1st 2014

        No worries :)

        Tuesday, February 18th 2014

      I think, this is a good example about use of “to” and “for”. “to” when I express my personal opinion, and “for” when you express your own opinion and the other external people.

      What do you think?? am I right?? or might, have I made a wrong use of “to” in that sentence??

      I always make mistakes with this topic, “to” and “for”. I have to work a lot in my English.

      Saturday, February 1st 2014

        I’m talking about these sentences:

        “Hard lesson to me.”

        and

        “this lesson was hard FOR most of us.”

        Saturday, February 1st 2014

          The use of TO and FOR is a problem to ( for?) me too! I always confuse them… :(

          Saturday, February 1st 2014

          IT + to Be +adjective + FOR ___ TO + VERB:

          Examples:

          It IS hard FOR me TO explain this TO you.

          I think it IS also hard FOR Janilza TO explain this TO you.

          I think it IS now much easier FOR you TO explain this TO everybody, right?

          Hope this may help.
          Regards
          P.S. Any comments are welcomed

          Sunday, February 2nd 2014

          you are a clever person

          Saturday, February 8th 2014

          thank you

          Saturday, March 1st 2014

          I have the same problem!

          Saturday, March 1st 2014

          IT + to Be +adjective + FOR ___ TO + VERB:

          Examples:

          It IS hard FOR me TO explain this TO you.

          I think it IS also difficult FOR Janilza TO explain this TO me.

          I think it IS now much easier FOR you TO explain this TO everybody, right?

          Hope this may help.
          Regards
          P.S. Any comments are welcomed

          Sunday, February 2nd 2014

          Hello Regino, this lesson was also hard for me to understood . In this sentence, can I say: this lesson was also hard to understood? The both sentences have the same meaning?
          Regards from Brazil

          Sunday, February 2nd 2014

          IT + to Be +adjective + FOR ___ TO + VERB:

          Examples:

          It IS hard FOR me TO explain this TO you.

          I think it IS also hard FOR Janilza TO explain this TO me.

          I think it IS now much easier FOR you TO explain this TO everybody, right?

          Hope this may help.
          Regards
          P.S. Any comments are welcomed

          Sunday, February 2nd 2014

          Hi, Regino…I liked your explanation…It’s useful, for sure! Thanks a lot and regards from Brazil! :)

          Sunday, February 2nd 2014

          …oh, Gosh!!! I didn´t know you were online at this moment.

          Well, thanks and regards from Mexico

          Sunday, February 2nd 2014

          Hi Sanuser,

          You’re partially right. Use ‘to’ to express an opinion, or when something seems difficult to you (in your judgement). Use ‘for’ to show that some action is difficult for you TO DO.

          This lesson is interesting to me (in my opinion). This lesson is difficult for me (to understand).

          Does this help?

          Tuesday, February 18th 2014

          Yes, absolutely !!!

          Thank you so much Adam.

          Tuesday, February 18th 2014

          I didn’t know that. Glad to learn it.

          Saturday, March 1st 2014

i got 44 marks but anyway its my start i will try to get full marks

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Yes, it’s a hard lesson.
I need to practice more

Saturday, February 1st 2014

9 out of 9

Saturday, February 1st 2014

thanks adams

Saturday, February 1st 2014

8 out of 9

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Thanks Adam. The lesson was so helpful :)

Saturday, February 1st 2014

i love this…

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Collective nouns -I would say- are not easy to test since you never know what the test designer really intends to communicate; I mean, what s/he really wants to express?
What do you think of it Adam?

Challenging topic for a lesson!
Thanks for your feedback in advance.

Have a great weekend Adam!!!

Saturday, February 1st 2014

…an interesting point about your quizes Adam is that they always make us think twice about the correct answer. To reflect constantly on what we do, makes learning more interesting.

Thanks again Adam.

Saturday, February 1st 2014

    Thank you Regino.

    And you’re right; to test this, the test maker needs to give extra clues if the situation is not obvious.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

thank you engvid for this awesome site. it really helps us improve our english.

Saturday, February 1st 2014

    We’re all glad you like it Waelshady.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Hi! How are you doing?
I’d like to ask what “The very fabric of something” means? I’ve seen it in the movie Thor and the girl Jane says “The very fabric of reality will be torn apart if we fail” and also on the Book Percy Jackson:The last Olympian, Percy says “The very fabric of your puny little civilization….”
Thanks!!

Saturday, February 1st 2014

    Hi Henrique,

    It means the essence, the essential structure (hence ‘fabric’) of something. f we think of reality as a construct (like a woven rug).

    Does this help?

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

hi! I have a problem with website ebgvid :( I don’t have everuthing lessons… I can see only recent Adam’s lesson :( what happened? :(

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Sorry for my mistakes.. ( engvid* everuthing = all )
I can not see all lessons for beginner , advanced etc.. :( I hope that it is problem awhile :(

Saturday, February 1st 2014

    Hi Kinmini,

    I hope it’s just a temporary issue. If it’s not solved, email the site admin. Maybe they can help.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

I have tried the quiz before and after watching the video. The first try 4/9, the second 9/9.
I got it! (in my language we use the singular in these cases)

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Hi Adam. easy lession, hard quiz.
The worse score ever for me
anyway I’ll keep strong and not give up.
Thankyou

Saturday, February 1st 2014

    hi:) Do you have problem with website? :) Do you can check for me;)?

    Saturday, February 1st 2014

      I have had problems with http://www.engvid.com during all day too.

      Saturday, February 1st 2014

      I have had problems with website during all day too.

      Saturday, February 1st 2014

        Thank You for your message :) I hope.. that it will be ok:) because I am so sad..:(

        Saturday, February 1st 2014

          I have seen the lessons in the teacher’s youtube channel directly during this issue, but you can’t make the quiz :(

          Saturday, February 1st 2014

          I want to say, ON the teacher’s youtube channel, sorry.

          Saturday, February 1st 2014

          I know that I can see it on youtube but I’ve started lessons for begginer in order to.

          (sorry for my language..:P )

          Saturday, February 1st 2014

          I got it.

          Never ever say sorry when you’re trying to improve, remember, all of us are learning here.

          Best.

          Saturday, February 1st 2014

          thanks :)

          best, K.

          Saturday, February 1st 2014

          Yep, you hit the nail on the head! We all are learning here.

          Have a nice weekend!!!

          Sunday, February 2nd 2014

          ;)

          Sunday, February 2nd 2014

          Nice expression, “hit the nail on the head”, I never hear this expression . Thanks for share your Knowledge. Best.

          Monday, February 3rd 2014

        It might have been a maintenance day. Is it ok now?

        Tuesday, February 18th 2014

          Yes, there is no issue now

          Tuesday, February 18th 2014

5 out of 9…My worse score till now! Really confusing…

Saturday, February 1st 2014

    …mmm…mmm… yeah we didn’t do well on the quiz… I think we have to watch the lesson again and retake the quiz; I do not see any other solution in sight.

    Regards

    Sunday, February 2nd 2014

      You are nice, Regino! :)

      See you!

      Sunday, February 2nd 2014

    Janilza, long time no see!

    Sunday, February 9th 2014

      Nice to hear from you again, Thalinho! Welcome back! :)

      Monday, February 10th 2014

thanks

Saturday, February 1st 2014

many thanks

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Hello. Before everything, SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH.
I have an important doubt.
I don’t know when I have to use the form ING.
I know If I’m taking about PRESENT SIMPLE, I have to use ING.
But I read many sentences (in songs, tales, etc.) in which people uses ING.
For example: “Friday I go PAINTING in the Louvre”.
“I feel like no one even told the truth to me about GROWING up…”
I know after a preposition I have to use ING.
But I read other examples in which there’s no prepositions and they are not about PRESENT SIMPLE.
Thanks and excuse me!
Greetings from Argentina!

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

    I wanted to write “TALKING”. Not “TAKING.”

    Sunday, February 2nd 2014

    Hi Mattorres,

    Actually, when using the ing as a verb, it is in the present continuous, not the present simple. But you may be confusing different things.

    The ing is confusing because it can be a verb, a noun (gerund), an adjective, or an adverb (participles).

    I’ll try to make a lesson about this soon. In the meantime:

    I was running when it started to rain. (verb)
    Running is good for your health. (gerund)
    The village has no running water (adjective)
    Running through the town, I noticed that everyone was staring at me (adverb)

    Hope that helps a little.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Can I ask any question? What this sentence mean? “My family are going to be citizens soon.” I have no idea.

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

    Soon, each member of my family will take the citizenship test, and after passing (hopefully), we will all be citizens (of this country).

    Does that help?

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

      Thank You Adam. This is precision answer.

      Tuesday, February 18th 2014

This is so confusing. I still don’t get it…

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

    Keep trying Mahyerye. :)

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Hi everybody, and thank you Adam for this important topic… I got 9 out of 10.

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

super .Thanks :)

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

Hi Adam
I had to look in my dictionary what means BBQ ! Please I would like that Engvid ‘s teachers not to use abbreviations only if they
explain it in full words

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

    Hi.

    I prefer usual and useful expressions, if all people say BBQ, I need and I want to know this abbreviation, and actually, all people in the States say BBQ, I have to know what they mean.

    Anyway, Adam said barbecue several times in this lesson.

    This is only my opinion, I respect others points of view, of course.

    Best regards.

    Monday, February 3rd 2014

    Fair enough Vilain,

    Although BBQ kind of sounds like barbecue, no?

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

iam sorry for mistake . i hev got 5 correct ansvers . thenk you .

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

what does one up mean?

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

    Hi Syedno,

    You’ll have to give me the full sentence, but it might mean to do something better than someone else.

    I’ll need more context.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Love the way to teach but this for me lesson is a trick.
I thoght to have understood. everything seemed easy and clear and then…..67:(

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

errata corrige: thought – everything

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

hi Mrs adam i am just confused about the world stuff sometime i heard in movie they said ” ot stuff like that” is that mean stuff= things or they mean stuff= employees ???

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

    Hi Sami,

    Stuff means things.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Well, this one was really difficult for me. If you mean the individuals in a collective group then it’s plural, otherwise the collective group is used as a singular nount and it uses the third person singular, like he/she/it. Is it the same with “a group of people”? Eg “A group of people fancying him is going to support him tonight” while “There’s a riot in Los Angeles. A group of people are fighting in the streets”?
Thanks in advance

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

I got 100 % marks

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

Hi if you want practise english as me .come skype this is my name in skype: aliyev.natiq587

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

Hello everyone: The lesson was very practical. I liked very much. It is very usefull and interesting.

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

hi everybody and thanks adam. I have a quation about nm 3 why – answer not answers- there is wins the trip. not win. any one can help me

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

    Hi magd63m. They answer personally about each other and wins the trip as a couple.

    Monday, February 3rd 2014

      Good answer Katya :)

      Tuesday, February 18th 2014

    Hi Magd,

    Katya has the correct answer: they have to answer about EACH OTHER (individually, then win the trip together, as one unit.

    This was a tricky question.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Thank you for your lesson.

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

Hello Adam:

I never thought I would get 75 points of 100
The lesson was difficult, at least my ears paid attention and I´m used to be glad when I got something like that.

Your videos have served me to learn much more especially “ADVANCED LESSONS”
Thank you so much and my best regards.

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

Great Adam! I got 8/9, I didn’t understand the number 1, I thought that ‘ team’ had the same meaning of a group, couple. It is hard to figure it out,

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

    Hi Henri,

    When we talk about winning a team sport, it takes the whole group to do it. that’s why we use the singular, to show the whole unit.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

I’m an ESL teacher and am thrilled to find your site! I must say, though, that I don’t agree with the plural verb for #3, because a singular verb is used later. I also would NEVER use a plural verb for “family” or “team” or some other words without the additional word, “members”.

Monday, February 3rd 2014

    Hi FrauA1,

    #3 was a bit tricky because they had to answer as individuals about each other, but win as a unit.

    I agree about family; I also use members after it, but technically it is correct to treat the word as a plural.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Thanks Adam for the great lesson.

Monday, February 3rd 2014

    Hi,Katya ( kak de la ) that how are you in Russain is that right! my english is very good and I want to learn russain can I please…..

    Monday, February 3rd 2014

      Hi (pri vet) alhappy. Yes ‘kak de la’ stands for ‘how are you’. We have a joke (it’s more about Americans, not sure about English people) If you ask them ‘how are you’ they just smile you back and say ‘ok’. If you ask Russians they start answering the question. Hope it’s understandable:-)

      Sunday, February 9th 2014

        :)

        Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Hi ,Mr. Adam

I don’t understand the question about team in the quiz!
Can you please teach again?

Monday, February 3rd 2014

    Hi Mohsen,

    If the team is acting as one unit (for example, to win the game), then they are a singular unit. If we want to say that each member of the team agrees with something, then we talk about the members, as a plural.

    Does that help?

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

oh, I got 9 out of 9. Thanks a lot Adam.:)

Monday, February 3rd 2014

Thank you Adam!
It was a very interesting lesson.
I’ve always made mistakes with collective nouns, but now I finally get it!

Monday, February 3rd 2014

Thanks Adam. I got 8 correct out of 9.

Monday, February 3rd 2014

Thanks Adam for the great lesson.

Monday, February 3rd 2014

Thank you for the amazing lesson!!
What does “a collective, blind faith” mean?

Monday, February 3rd 2014

    Hi Minyoun,

    It means that a large group of people believe in something together, with everyone accepting the same thing, even if they don’t understand it. If you believe in something that has no proof, then you believe with a blind faith.

    Does this help?

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Thank you so much for the lesson.
I do not know the meaning of “to go up the hill”. I think that in such a situation it does not mean “to climb on top of the hill”… Does it?

Monday, February 3rd 2014

    Hi JP,

    Actually, without more context to guide me, I have to say that yes, it does mean to go to the top of the hill.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

thank you katy it is very kind from you thanks again.

Monday, February 3rd 2014

my first class in here, Adam, you are awesome!
get 7 out of 9 by the way :)

Monday, February 3rd 2014

very helpful lesson

Tuesday, February 4th 2014

hi mr Adam…please explain about {just }.i cant get certian meaning at new sentences

Tuesday, February 4th 2014

    Hi Barat,

    I’m afraid you’ll need to give some examples. Otherwise, just means only.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

    Hello Barat. I would like to add you on skype or facebook,so that we can talk to each other! I am trying to speak with arabian speakers.

    Add me on Facebook> frailyn52@hotmail.com
    Thank you

    Wednesday, September 24th 2014

      turkish.. sorry

      Wednesday, September 24th 2014

Thanks teacher,but I had stumbled No.5.

Tuesday, February 4th 2014

    Hi 25mom,

    Here we are talking about the members of the team. It is only the individuals that can lose faith in the coach, that is why we refer to them as plural.

    Does that help?

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

      Thanks teacher for explaining that clearly.Very helpful.

      Tuesday, February 18th 2014

I got 89. Interesting lesson.

Tuesday, February 4th 2014

thanks adam it was graet

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

Thanks Adam,. very good explanation

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

I got 8 woow great :)

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

Ii’m agree, this lesson was a little difficult.
I got 6 correct out of 9, 67 points, the worst score that I have had till now. :/

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

it kind of helpful but I need much help in it

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

Thanks Adam. I love this site

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

I do not understand that in the third question the sentence use the word “wins” while for the blank it use the word “answer”. I just get confused about “wins”.

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

    Yeah, I’m confused as well. Adam, could you explain? This “wins” made me choose “answers” that turned out to be wrong:(

    Thursday, February 6th 2014

      Hi Dosya,

      Please check the answer above :)

      Tuesday, February 18th 2014

    Hi Lin Young,

    In the first part, the expression ‘about each other’ means that each member of the couple must answer as individuals. In the second part of the sentence, the couple as a unit (the two people together) will win the trip.

    You are right, though; this was a difficult question.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Hello, Adam! Thank you for your detailed comprehensive explanations. I think now I’ve sorted it out and have no difficulty with. I’d also like to make a request on a vocabulary lesson. What is the difference between preserve\conserve; prohibit\forbid?
Hope there’s no problem about it. Thanks a lot, Adam!

Thursday, February 6th 2014

    Hi Gustav,

    For the most part, these words are synonym pairs that can usually be interchanged. However:

    prohibit and forbid both mean to not allow something. Prohibit has more a sense of legal authority behind it, while forbid is something your parents would do.
    conserve and preserve, in many cases, mean the same thing. In other cases they are more specific. or example, in the desert you want to conserve your water, not preserve it. Conserve means save, use wisely. Preserve, means not drink at all, keep as it is.

    The best way to judge is to understand the context and check your dictionary for the nuances that would suit that context.

    Hope that helps a little.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

      All right. Now I see the point. Thank you!

      Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Its hard, sometimes you do have to read the entire sentence little by little to really get the right answer. But thanks, makes me think !

Thursday, February 6th 2014

By the way, I love this site, you all are great!

Thursday, February 6th 2014

helpful lesson thanks Adam :)

Thursday, February 6th 2014

78% Thank you Adam for very helpfull lessons!!!! Greetings from Belarus))

Friday, February 7th 2014

thank you Adam :)

Friday, February 7th 2014

Very good explanation and very useful too.

Saturday, February 8th 2014

Hi Adam! Thank You for that lesson. It is very
useful. May I ask You an extra question? In mo-
vies You can hear very often: “will be my wife..” But can it be polite if some one will say: “Please be my wife”?

Saturday, February 8th 2014

    Hi Katrin,

    Both are equally polite and nice (I imagine) to the one being asked :)

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

      Thank You Adam!

      Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Thanks Adam,I made 100%!!! I got it now, I think that the clue is thinking if you can replace the collective noun with the word “members”. in that case you have to use the plural.

Tuesday, February 11th 2014

    That works, Newgirl :)

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

By the way Adam, is there any difference between
“But can it be polite…” and “But can it be polite way…”

Tuesday, February 11th 2014

    Almost the same; just add ‘a’. …be a polite way…

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

      I’m sorry!(I always forget an article). Thank You!

      Tuesday, February 18th 2014

hi Adam

please give me your email address !

Tuesday, February 11th 2014

    Hi Dania,

    You can email the site if you have any questions :)

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

8 of 9! I failed in the last one, but I understand it now.

Thank you! (:

Tuesday, February 11th 2014

Adam, could you make a lesson concerning “as below”, “as follows”, “the following” and other things like this when it comes to writing?

Wednesday, February 12th 2014

    Will get on it Morfik.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Hi Adam
It is very important ,helpful lesson my teacher.Thanks very much.I’m grateful to you for all your help…Again I have a trivial question which concerns to( I don’t know to or about) passive voice.
“I have broken that chair”-“The chair has been broken BY ME”…In my test I wrote “by me” and lost scors.Please , explain why this version is wrong ?
THANKS IN ADVANCE

Friday, February 14th 2014

    Hi Anahit,

    To be honest, I’d need more information about the test. That being said, I’m not sure why you would change that sentence to a passive to begin with, unless you were instructed to. If you were instructed to, then don”t really know why you lost points.
    It could be (maybe) in the active you have “that chair” and the passive “the chair”.

    Not sure. Sorry.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

I’d like to know when and how I could use to damage/to harm/ to impair/ to injure/

Friday, February 14th 2014

    Hi Lane,

    Generally:
    to damage a person’s reputation (something abstract)
    to harm someone
    to impair his judgement
    to injure (cause bodily harm).
    damage and harm can be used in many situations interchangeably. Injure is only to a person or animal. Impair means to lower someone’s ability.

    You should check the dictionary and see if any one of these suits your needs for a specific sentence.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

      but to damage a house – it is not an abstract idea
      This is a great damage to my property\ estate/ Insurance industry means damage as direct loss to actual estate?!

      Monday, May 12th 2014

    To harm means:physical injury or mental damage; hurt: to do him bodily harm;
    It also may be:
    a moral injury; evil; wrong;
    to do or cause harm to; injure; damage; hurt: eg> to harm one’s reputation.
    Injure means:
    to do or cause harm of any kind to; damage; hurt; impair: to injure one’s hand.
    2.
    to do wrong or injustice to.
    3.
    to wound or offend: to injure a friend’s feelings.
    Source: dictionary.com

    Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

hello , for all, so i haven’t fisited that website for 8 month later i’m sorry i have lost a lot of lessons into that , so i back again thank you Adam and all people around here good luck..

Saturday, February 15th 2014

awesome :) thank you Adam

Saturday, February 15th 2014

thanks Adam

Sunday, February 16th 2014

Adam, what is the difference between “graphic” and “graphical”?

Monday, February 17th 2014

    Hi Morfik,

    Actually had to look that up. Never really heard graphical, but apparently it relates to graphs only, while graphic relates to an extreme illustration/ demonstration (eg graphic violence on tv). It sounds a little like problematic and problematical, the latter being one of those words that drive an editor nuts because there is no reason whatsoever for its existence.

    In what context did you see these two?

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

      Phrases like “graphical applications”, “graphical stuff”, “graphical environment”, and other similar things concerning operating systems, usually the GUI mode. GUI also has “graphical” in its name — “Graphical User Interface”. So, as you can see, it’s being used a lot in IT. :)

      Usually I hear or see “graphical”, but as you mentioned, I heard once or twice something like “It’s pretty graphic”, and that meant that some people shouldn’t watch the vid, or whatever that was.

      So, I can’t use them interchangeably, right?

      Tuesday, February 18th 2014

Hi sir Adam,
I create a new account here co’z i forgot the username the one that i created 2 days ago.Actually sir,can i ask you a question of how can we use however and then..can you give me complete explanation on how and when to use those words?How and Then…thank you so much sir for all the good things you had done here…I learn a lot and I downloaded some of your lessons in my phone.I watch and listen it everyday when i have a vacant time in my work.Like everyone said your a very good teacher.Thank you and more power to engvid.

Monday, February 17th 2014

    Hi Darvz,

    We use ‘however’ like but, except that we do not start an independent clause with it. We can place it at the beginning, or in the middle of a sentence:
    I am a great fan of hockey; however, I believe the game has become too commercialized.

    ‘Then’ is similar to however, in that they are discourse markers, meaning that they change the direction of the ideas in a passage. ‘Then’ means something like in that case, or that being the case:
    Do it, then,. if it’ll make you happy.

    To tell the truth, ‘then’ has many uses. I hope I got the one you wanted, but if not, a good dictionary will explain it just as well. Or send me specific sentences and I can explain those.

    Tuesday, February 18th 2014

      I`ve got a question for Adam.
      Isn`t The Police always plural (e.g the police are coming) as i`ve always been taught? Why is it singular here, i dont get it! ) Could you please explain it for me and possibly for everybody?

      Wednesday, June 15th 2016

Thanks Adam :) are you american or Canadian ? Just curious ^^

Thursday, February 20th 2014

9 out 9 !!!! May i ask you a question ? Are there any possibilities to get in touch with you on “facebook” or “skype” or “emails” to help us in different times ? Thanks Adam .

Sunday, February 23rd 2014

first I answered these questions I got only 40 marks but this time I got 100 :)

Monday, February 24th 2014

Thank you so much

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Adam
You said the people usually use verb with singular form in us, so can we use verb singular form for most collective nuns? Thank you!

Tuesday, February 25th 2014

thank you Mr Adam :) .

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

TY Adam.

Monday, March 3rd 2014

    hey u have written incorrect spell of live

    Monday, April 21st 2014

Thank you Mr.Adam, Why you write individual Police is Police officiers?

Monday, March 24th 2014

thanks alot Mr.Adam :)

Tuesday, March 25th 2014

Thanks a lot, Adam! Greetings for everyone in the Comment Section! Everyone feel free to keep in touch!

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

7 correct :(

Friday, April 11th 2014

thank you Mr.Adam .
I got 7/9

Friday, April 18th 2014

Thank You Adam.

Saturday, April 19th 2014

hey i really liked it however as per the uk english is concerned they use collective noun as singular its difficult which one to be followed.

Monday, April 21st 2014

It’s really tricky and needs more practice. But practice makes perfect! Thank you, Adam!

Thursday, April 24th 2014

9. I love Christmas. Every year my family _________ together and have a great dinner and tell stories till late into the night.
gets
get
Teacher! “My family” is the whole group of members, why “get” is correct. I don’t know.Because it sometime is a singular or plural that likes “The team”. All of members or a whole group of members, I think “gets” or “get” both is correct. Can you explain it more deeply about it for me please?

Thursday, April 24th 2014

thank u

Wednesday, April 30th 2014

    Hi!Tanzeel,
    I would like to talk together, fifi_zozo ( shona akira)would you please add me ?

    Thursday, May 29th 2014

Hello, Adam! it’s not surprising that your lessons are very interesting. but… don’t you give lessons on skype, for example? it would be great…

Wednesday, April 30th 2014

Professor Adam,
you explain every detail as good as Professor Emma. At the same time your styles are diffrent. Cullture values trassmited in explanations are great. You explain easily and know which details are important for “frustrated donkyes” students.
The only problem with you is that sometimes your specific sentence exaples are said without pointing the rule the example represents or is not put down on tje blackboard.

Many thanks for your great lesson. Unfortunately I am not very happy with my score.

Monday, May 12th 2014

Got 89%) thank you!

Tuesday, May 13th 2014

I got 89 Marks…Thank You a lot Sir ^_^

Friday, July 4th 2014

Thank you Adam. The video was really helpful.

Thursday, July 17th 2014

Not good 67 %. Ok thanks.

Sunday, August 3rd 2014

Thank you.

Tuesday, August 5th 2014

I got 67

Wednesday, August 6th 2014

I got 7 correct. This lesson was effective.
Thank You very much @Adam..:)

Wednesday, September 10th 2014

It’s not easy to choose plural or singular verb for collective nouns. I just got 67 :-(

Tuesday, December 16th 2014

i dont get this on number 9 why is it not gets an on number 4 are?????????????????/

Thursday, January 15th 2015

only 5 correct out of 9 :(

Saturday, January 17th 2015

A little be difficult at first but I got 8 out of 9 wich is still good!!

Sunday, February 1st 2015

Hi, I have a question. In number 3, why is the right answer “answer” and not “answers”? I can see in the sentence that you used “wins” as a verb for the same subject (couple)

The couple that correctly __________ the most questions about each other, WINS the trip to Hawaii.

Friday, February 20th 2015

    Same question about the couple that ‘WINS’ but ‘ANSWER’=) [God bless them]Looking forward to the answer.

    Wednesday, June 17th 2015

hey adam is that a mike or is that a flower on your t-shirt whatever it is it looking nice n you are a very good teacher sir ..:)

Saturday, February 28th 2015

Thank you Adam!

Thursday, March 12th 2015

Hi Adam;
how about people? both singular and plural?
if yes, please make an example.
by the way, reading comments is as useful as watching the videos; thank you for both.

Saturday, April 4th 2015

how about saying
all of whom ,none of whom, most of whom…
Are they plural or single?
could you answer ? thanks in advance

Sunday, May 17th 2015

Hi Adam,
is “people” a collective noun?
Thanks in advance

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

Hello Adam! I’m your huge fan from Moscow.
Very clear & simple explanation

Tuesday, June 16th 2015

Still a tricky subject but Adam you were super helpful and encouraging. Many Thanks :)

Monday, July 13th 2015

Hi, Adam! thank you a lot! It is still difficult for me to make the difference between them.
Tell me please, how could we require specific grammar topics. I am new on this site. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 15th 2015

Well, the topic is rather confusing and it’s easy to make mistakes. But…”He does nothing who makes no mistakes”. It sounds like this if I’m not mistaken)

Wednesday, August 5th 2015

Hi, Sir Adam ! I got 78% it was soo difficult for me to understand..!The sentence question quiz makes me confusing ,Looks like a fit false quiz ..! But very interesting i’ve learned a lots thanks Sir Adam

Wednesday, September 30th 2015

Sir, Adam!Please correct my english sentence comment that I wrote ..! I don’t know yet the exactly connecting combination sentence ..! Hard for me to explain ,Wish you understand what I’m trying to say always thanks in advances

Wednesday, September 30th 2015

Thank you, Adam!

Wednesday, September 30th 2015

Hi Adam and all of you,

are there many nouns for which we cannot use helping words member or officer? Like cattle?
As for cattle, I suggest “a head” (of cattle),for “the public” I thought of “an individual” (which is probably not right) and as for some nouns, like “crew” or “crowd”, “minority” and “majority”, I think no such helping word can be used.

What do you people think? Thanks for any comments.

Adam, thanks a lot for a lesson, I just wish it was more detailed.

Saturday, October 17th 2015

Hi, Mr. I really thank you alot for all your lessons . I wanna ask a question . How could (have) be a singular verb ?
I read that in a book and it says that( you can use the singular verb have with the collective nouns)
I’m sorry but it really puzzled me.

Tuesday, October 20th 2015

oh, I’m sorry.
I put ( ) insted of ” ” .That’s how we do in Arabic actually .

Friday, October 23rd 2015

thanks

Tuesday, January 5th 2016

Thanks, a very useful site

Monday, January 25th 2016

7 not bad. It was hard

Tuesday, February 16th 2016

thanks

Friday, March 25th 2016

I have got 7 correct out of 9. As for me it’s a little bit hard. Thanks.

Friday, April 29th 2016

i got 89%, thank you Adam!:)

Wednesday, May 18th 2016

thanks ….ADAM … its nice….

Thursday, May 26th 2016

I`ve got a question for Adam.
Isn`t The Police always plural (e.g the police are coming) as i`ve always been taught? Why is it singular here, i dont get it! ) Could you please explain it for me and possibly for everybody?

Tuesday, June 14th 2016

Mr. Adam,
The couple that correctly __________ the most questions about each other, wins the trip to Hawaii.
You said that the correct answer is “Answer (not Answers) / as plural.

But, the extra information after comma, WINS (single verb) why not WIN.
I chose Answers because of the WINS

I’m looking forward to seeing your explanation.
Thanks a lot :)

Tuesday, July 12th 2016
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