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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.
What word is best used to talk about the weather? For example: It’s 40 degrees in the _______.

What's another word for sunglasses?

What word do we use to describe the cover over a lamp?

"Look at my _________! It's taller than yours!"

"I love to do ________ puppets."

"He was guilty -- beyond a _______ of a doubt."

"Some plants do well in the ________."

Which word is more "active"?

Which word is more "active"?

It's hard to find ________ in the _________.


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108 Comments on “Common Mistakes: SHADE or SHADOW?”


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Good lesson with some learning points

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

Thanks Jon,
It was just interesting beyond a shadow of a doubt:)

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

yes i think also that number 7 is wrong
i havent understood yet the question about which s more active?hear or listen….
the lesson was pretty intersting,i like it so much.congratulations for all the teachers

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

    Hi Marius, in English is used LISTEN when you’re paying attention to someone or thing, and HEAR is used just for sounds.

    Tuesday, September 25th 2012

      hello Karem thank you.i was thinking it isnt a tie with the lesson silly me:D
      anyway thank you:)

      Tuesday, September 25th 2012

    There was an error with the quiz. It has been fixed.

    Thursday, September 27th 2012

    the question no.8, ” which word’s more active?”, and the answer is ” listen”. because “to listen’ means that u try to listen to smt consciously. and ” to hear’ just means u hear smt unconsciouly, some time u just hear smt by accident

    Wednesday, March 26th 2014

Jon, nice lesson. I have a couple of remarks to state here. First, I think it should be – some plants do well in the “shade”, not in the “shadow”. And lastly, it doesn’t have to mean that if something is not moving that it ought to be called “shade”. For instance, “building” has its own shadow, despite the fact it’s not moving…

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

    I mean, the meaning is so similar that we can’t differentiate it always, let alone to explain to someone. Moreover, we can say: “It’s scorcher! Go and find the shade in the building’s shadow.”

    Tuesday, September 25th 2012

Hey guys, nice video, thank you for the videos and the website. Everything is free and very useful for me and my co-workers, here in Brazil. We work as English teachers, so it helps us a lot

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

    That’s great to hear, Daniel.

    Thursday, September 27th 2012

Good lesson , but the number 7 , I think is wrong :D

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

This is fixed now, Rafael.

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

Is it possible to mark a topic as completed and have a list of uncompleted topics when a section is selected?

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

    We will be adding this feature in the future.

    Thursday, September 27th 2012

      I’ll be happy to help you with your site and contribute my PHP, JavaScript and MySQL knowledge to your project.

      Friday, September 28th 2012

cool lesson n’ good teacher, thanks a million Jon.

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

9/10 great lesson,thanks

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

hey are you married? just a question.
waiting your answer.
I loved that congratulation.
you’re the best english teacher IN THE WORLD.

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

Thanks.That’s easy to understand.

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

we always need some shade to make shadow, ;-)

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

Nice drawing Jon :)

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

Thanks! Very useful.

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

Jon, could you make a video which concerns “telling a tale” topic? I mean, which tenses we should use when we are telling someone about something what was already happened in the past. Do perfect tenses are acceptable in telling a story? Could you explain to us what we should know about “telling a tale”?

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

I got 10 out of 10 !! :)
thanks Jon:D

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

Good lesson, I like so much. Thanks a lot guy.

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

Jon, Thank you for sated explain about shade and shadow, I really don’t know difference between shade and shadow, thank you.

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

I got 10 correct out of 10. hahaha … wonderful !

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

wonderful, really i <3 it
thanx, it is new info to me :)

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

=D! 10/10

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

Hi John , I’m Peruvian. Have you visited my country?

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

thank you jon i beneifited more from that lesson

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

shade the picture.is it correct?

Wednesday, September 26th 2012

Yaaaay,I got 10/10

Thursday, September 27th 2012

Wondefrul lesson …..

Thursday, September 27th 2012

fine. From now on, I’ll pay more attention on these words. thanks

Thursday, September 27th 2012

Thanks Jon! very useful information!

Thursday, September 27th 2012

I did it :)
10 out of 10 :)

Thursday, September 27th 2012

great and nice lesson it’s very useful for me :)

Thursday, September 27th 2012

wow i enjoyed this lesson Sir ..form now I’ll be more focus …*_#

Thursday, September 27th 2012

It was very nice to listen that lesson. Have a good one-Jon

Thursday, September 27th 2012

Nice lesson.Thanks a lot.

Thursday, September 27th 2012

Very good lesson, thanks

Thursday, September 27th 2012

Tks a lot teacher Jon.I gotta it 80% correct my quiz. Appreciate that. Lily Diaz from Brazil

Thursday, September 27th 2012

nice teacher……….

Thursday, September 27th 2012

Rafael, listen is when you choose hear,” I listen music in my IPod” and hear is for example when TV is turn on and you hear it although you aren´t interested.

Thursday, September 27th 2012

yeeeeeeeeeeeh I answer it all :)))))

Thursday, September 27th 2012

Great Jon: congratulations. You’re doing a good use of the Internet. As Daniel in Brazil, I teach English to my colleagues at work and this knowledge you spread helps me a lot. Thanks. Keep going.
Gabriel, from Uruguay.

Friday, September 28th 2012

Wonderful John I learned a lot of listening to your teaching.

Friday, September 28th 2012

Thank you, I have no idea about this words=))

Saturday, September 29th 2012

Go Jon! Thanks a bunch. All teachers at Engvid are awesome. I got 9/10, confusing desert with dessert!! I knew how to distinguish them orally but not when they’re written.

Sunday, September 30th 2012

Thank you for the lesson!

Thursday, October 4th 2012

This lessons are very important for me who is still learning english. I wanna thank, all of you, for these lessons. See you in the next.

Friday, October 5th 2012

Thank you, Jon!
I was surprised to know that these words have a little bit different meanings. But now I have a question.

In “Dandelion wine” I’ve found next sentence.
“And they walked through the forest, Father very tall, Douglas moving in his shadow, and Tom, very small, trotting in his brother’s shade.”

Are there any reasons, why Father has a shadow and Douglas has a shade?

Friday, October 5th 2012

    It’s a stylistic choice by the author. Notice how he uses two different words to describe how they walk, too:

    • Douglas moving in his shadow
    • Tom trotting in his brother’s shade

    Try reading it out loud and you can see how using different words gives it a rhythm, like music or poetry. Ray Bradbury is one of the very best authors for that. Here’s a passage from The October Country (which is good to read at this time of year):

    That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.

    Saturday, October 6th 2012

      Oh! Thanks for the such detailed answer!

      Tuesday, October 9th 2012

wonderful lessons! i love it and i am getting improved. thank you John

Saturday, October 6th 2012

Its great lesson thanks jon i appreciate your effort.

Saturday, October 6th 2012

I would like to thank you about all your lessons .Actually, you have good ways for making me understand your lesson easily.
Thanks a lot.

Sunday, October 7th 2012

Good Class.

Sunday, October 7th 2012

awesome thank u so much ,, :0

Monday, October 8th 2012

Really I didn´t know very the difference between these words and this class clarifys very well to me. Hugs

Monday, October 8th 2012

thank is for you actually you are a good teacher
good luck

Monday, October 8th 2012

    interesting class

    Friday, October 12th 2012

You are an interesting teacher!

Wednesday, October 10th 2012

I like your clss very much. Thank you!

Friday, October 12th 2012

great topic …the teacher is superb…I’ve got a 10.

Friday, October 12th 2012

Nice video and nice teacher

Friday, October 12th 2012

hi teacher

Monday, October 15th 2012

    can I HELP FOR YOU

    WHAT DIFFERENT BETWEEN CAN AND COULD ?

    Monday, October 15th 2012

thanhks teacher

Tuesday, October 16th 2012

thanks for all what you do to help other people learning english
best regards/boualem

Wednesday, October 17th 2012

can could not much
thanks

Friday, October 19th 2012

Thanks. Teacher

Friday, November 2nd 2012

this interesting lesson. all engvid lessons also. they’re easy to follow.

Friday, November 9th 2012

this interesting lesson. all engvid lessons also. they’re easy to follow.

Friday, November 9th 2012

this interesting lesson. all engvid lessons also. they’re easy to follow.

Friday, November 9th 2012

ops sorry! my pc is not behaving well. an
This is and interesting lesson. All Engvi

Friday, November 9th 2012

Yaak! help. my pc is really weird..can’t compose

Friday, November 9th 2012

Yaak! help. my pc is really weird..can’t compose

Friday, November 9th 2012

Million thanks teacher jon! got ten!

Friday, November 9th 2012

very good lesson. no one shade in your words !

Sunday, November 11th 2012

thanks

Sunday, November 11th 2012

Great! Thank you! I hope I can always remember the difference between the to words! It was a very nice lesson!

Friday, December 7th 2012

Thank you so much. Your videos are very easy…..and funny

Friday, December 7th 2012

thanks

Sunday, December 9th 2012

Thank you – did the quiz with full score. I was always confusing these two expressions before!!

Monday, December 10th 2012

very interesting and helpful lesson, thank you very much

Saturday, December 15th 2012

It was usefull for me this lesson,like others of this site. It’s important for me to learn and to understand how to speak corectly. I love this language. Thanks for your help!

Sunday, December 16th 2012

Thank you Jon,
It was a good less.
Have a nice evening.

Susan

Tuesday, December 18th 2012

that’s great jon, thanks a lot.

Saturday, December 22nd 2012

Hi, Teacher Jon. This is a good way for me to study.
Thank you very much.

Sunday, January 6th 2013

i enjoyed this lesson a lot.

Wednesday, February 27th 2013

Hi, I really happy I could found this great web side, I really continue learn English very well, I hope we will have more lessons in the future… THANKS ALOT

Friday, March 1st 2013

I got confused, I translated few days ago about coffee rust and there was something related to coffee grows better under shadows, and now I think it is under shade, ohh no

Saturday, March 9th 2013

    When you’re talking about plants, it’s “shade”!

    Wednesday, March 13th 2013

yeeeey !!! I did the quiz correctly
I had just one mistake

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

ok 80 %. Thanks

Tuesday, May 28th 2013

wow!Very nice lesson :D! Thanks Jon. I got 10/10.

Monday, June 24th 2013

Very interesting lesson! thanks

Friday, June 28th 2013

i thank you Jon for this lesson it’s very useful.i have a question:could you make the difference for me between hear and listen,talk and speak,thank you.

Friday, August 30th 2013

i thank u for your lessons.could you make a difference for me between speak and talk,hear and listen?

Friday, August 30th 2013

I could see your shadow on the whiteboard here in a freshly shade.
Thanks!

Monday, December 9th 2013

I’ve got them!
10 out of 10. ;-D
Thanks Jon!

Sunday, January 5th 2014

thanks a lot jon your performer is so great i am so glad to learn from the new things whitch i don’t khow ;goog job friend

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

Thanks Jon I got 70%.

Thursday, January 30th 2014

thx jon i have got eight on ten. However, i’m not satisfied !

Monday, February 10th 2014

I like your way to teach!

Friday, July 18th 2014
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