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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.
Ernest Hemingway is the ___________ author of The Old Man and the Sea.

My _____________ son just started playing hockey.

Tom is giving away his dog's three eight-week-old puppies.
When did the dog have her puppies?

The university is __________, and its professors are well known.

Tom is blond, but he has always been attracted to __________ girls.

Many of the staff believe the CEO is a _________ businessman, but others know him to be quite a warm person.

Janice works full time at the daycare, but she also has a ________ job in the evening to make extra money.

Okay, everybody. Take a __________ break, and then let’s move on to the next scene.

NASA only uses ___________ technology when it comes to the safety of its personnel.

Along with your application, please submit a letter of up to __________ explaining why you want this job.


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229 Comments on “Learn English Punctuation: How to use hyphens with compound adjectives”


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Great lesson Adam! Thanks a lot! Useful grammar we need in our everyday written communication.

Thursday, June 25th 2015

    I could’t agree more Valderi! It was a superb lesson.Besides, Adam is a down-to-earth person.

    Friday, July 10th 2015

      Challenging lesson Adam, however the well-designed quiz along with your examples in the lesson help to understand much better the workings of compound adjectives.

      When it comes to writing, the correct use of punctuation marks makes a considerable difference, doesn’t it?

      I strongly believe that people who do not use punctuation deserve a long sentence.

      Bye for now, have a great weekend!

      Friday, July 10th 2015

        I like the play on words Regino :)

        Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thank you Sir. I got 100/100.
N`3 is very difficult. H

Thursday, June 25th 2015

Thanks you, Sir Adam, for explain this highly important topic.

Thursday, June 25th 2015

Interesting and useful lesson! Thank you, Adam :)

Thursday, June 25th 2015

Hey Adam. I was wondering if you have some tips for spelling, because sometimes I get confused when writing certain words… Is this a matter of time and practice or there are some rules for it? Great lesson btw. :)

Thursday, June 25th 2015

    Hi Marina,

    I wish I could say there’s a trick to it, but basically it’s just practice and a lot of memorizing. That’s one of the things that makes English difficult, i.e., things are not spelled phonetically.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Very good lesson. thank you

Thursday, June 25th 2015

Hi Adam !
Thanks a lot of and l had 5 test l got 4.5 and l have this week a test and next week what should l do to got 5 grade and nice to chatting to you or nice to see you in youtube

Thursday, June 25th 2015

    Hi Alkhatian,

    What kind of test do you have? Which part of the test is costing you the most points?

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thanks A lot. I can not wait to see this kind advance videos.

Thursday, June 25th 2015

Thnx Mr good-teaching Adam , it was a good informed lesson.

Thursday, June 25th 2015

    :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thnx Mr good-teaching Adam , it was a good-informed lesson.

Thursday, June 25th 2015

What is the meaning of 8-hour shift?

Thursday, June 25th 2015

    I work for an 8-hour-shift job ,which means 8 hours a day from 8 AM to 4 PM ,or 8 hours in another day from 4 PM to 12 PM .Not a regular day-time job.

    Friday, June 26th 2015

    Hi Gdyes,

    It means a period of work that lasts 8 hours. Richard gave a good example.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thanks a lot for the lesson!

Friday, June 26th 2015

Quite useful lesson, Adam. It’s really interesting finding out more about adjectives as being very important words, especially when you are writing reviews. By the way, I have a request for you: the usage of the word ‘Though’, particularly, when it’s used as an adverb at the end of a sentence. Thanks Adam! You’re a kind teacher.

Friday, June 26th 2015

    Thanks Acidkike,

    I’ll see what I can do :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thank you, Adam!

Friday, June 26th 2015

Hi Adam! Thank you for your lessons. This lesson is a little bit more diffucult for me. While I was taking the Quiz, I had difficulty to understand of the meaning of the NASA question. Can you explain its choices meaning?
Regards,

Friday, June 26th 2015

    Hello,
    The key is the definition of the adjective: “state-of-the-art equipment or technology uses the newest and most advanced ideas and features”.

    Monday, June 29th 2015

      Thank you very much David!

      Sunday, December 6th 2015

    Hi Ramazan,

    As David mentioned, state-of-the-art is an adjective that also means the latest, or most up to date. Remember that a compound adjective is treated as a one-word adjective.

    Hope this helps.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

      Thank you very much Adam!

      Sunday, December 6th 2015

Iti s a very useful lesson. Thank you for it Adam :-)

Friday, June 26th 2015

This is a MIND-BLOWING video :-)
I hope,i used this compound adjective correctly ;-0)
Thank you Adam for useful lesson.

Friday, June 26th 2015

    You did Tejalkk :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

nice lesson!!!

Friday, June 26th 2015

Good lesson, thank you! I learnt a lot!

But I spotted one mistake:

The plural of storey is storeys.

stories is the plural of story.

Have a nice day!

Friday, June 26th 2015

    Good eye Panda. Thanks :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thanks for the really useful lesson, Adam. I have a question, if you please. How many words at all can be in а compound adjective? Habitually it’s 2 or 3 words, but could it consist of 4,5, may be 6 words? What are the longest compound adjectives that you know? Give few examples if it’s no bother, please. Thank you.

Friday, June 26th 2015

    Hi Aleks,

    They can be any length (She has a two-and-a-half-year-old boy). I don’t know the longest, but sometimes you’ll see people making up adjectives with whole expressions (It was an I-love-you-but-I-don’t-want-to-marry-you kind of breakup.), though these are just playing with the language and are not considered formal. In formal academic writing you might see very long compounds especially with technical terms.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Got 8 Out of 10.. :) , should have watched the video before the quiz…

although I had done this grammar part couple of times.. I still had some doubts…

It’s a 13-minute-awesome lesson.. thank you very much Adam!

Friday, June 26th 2015

hi Adam
hope you are doing well
I have came up with a question?
you know as we are speaking all that we produce is noise my question is what do we know that enables us to consider this noise as an expression of meaning?
your sincerely.

Friday, June 26th 2015

    Hi Mehdi,

    That’s a university course in and of itself (philosophy of language). You can Google this subject and find lots of stuff on that if you’re interested.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

hello adam
may you paste a writing on screen each your videos? in order I could figure your lesson out perfectly. thanks

Friday, June 26th 2015

    Hi Idin,

    If you look at the Youtube frame, there’s a button to press for close caption (cc), which are like subtitles) that you can follow along.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

so whats the difference if i say multipurpose instead of multi-purpose?

Friday, June 26th 2015

    Hi Imtithal,

    That’s a matter of which dictionary you’re using. In some it will be with the hyphen, in others it won’t. That being said, usually the prefix ‘multi’ doesn’t take a hyphen unless it is followed by a word that begins with another adjective
    (multi-industry)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Mr Adam thank you for the lesson you have good explanation :).

Friday, June 26th 2015

Thanks for your lesson. But it made me a question: When should we use comma to make a compound adjectives for a noun and when with a dash?

Friday, June 26th 2015

    Hi Ahmad,

    If the first adjective is modifying the second adjective and both together modify the noun, use a hyphen. If each is working individually to modify the noun, then use a comma.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

an excellent explanation, I wasn’t sure about this but now I know what it takes using it on my writing…A three-year-experienced teacher appreciates your kind a lot…

Friday, June 26th 2015

This site is interesting and understandable. I hope it will help me to improve my english. Thank you, Adam! I can’t wait to watch your next lesson. :)

Friday, June 26th 2015

I didn’t catch one moment in test. The adjective state-of-the-art in 9th question consists of four words, but you told only about 2 and 3 words. Hope you understood me

Friday, June 26th 2015

    Hi Elizaveta,

    Commonly they are 2 or 3, but, technically, they can be any number. You won’t see too many long ones. I should have mentioned that in the video.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Hello there, long time no see.

I just wanted to ask about one thing — the dash. I just typed “ten year old boy” in google, and I got plenty of articles where you have the phrase written as it is above.

I rarely see the dashes, and maybe it’s just because of IT, but people here simply don’t use them at all. We just write, for instance, “104 key keboard”, “24 bit color”, etc. Sometimes we could just join the words making something like 104key, 24bit, etc. So does the dash really matter? Should we use it? Does it make it more understandable for an English native speaker?

I know that in my language there are also that kind of words, but I don’t use the dash here either, and I don’t think that people have issues with that. :)

Friday, June 26th 2015

    I agree with you Morfik. And I have to say that many people don’t use ‘hyphen’. Yet it is grammar after all.

    Sunday, July 5th 2015

    Hi Morfik,

    Long time no see ;)

    To be fair, most people will likely get your meaning even without the dash. However, there will be those who will not. As for seeing articles without them, how many are published in native English publications? (You will not likely see dashless compounds in Canada, the US, UK, etc.). As Katrin mentioned, they are the technically correct grammatical structure and are important.

    Just make sure to be clear that your small-town friend comes from a small town, not that your small town friend is small and is from a town (as opposed to a city) ;)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Very usefull lesson! Thank you, Adam!

Friday, June 26th 2015

you`re great as usual Adam
just a tiny question you said brand new car and it was written without a hyphen . isn`t that a compound adjective ??? thank you

Friday, June 26th 2015

    Hi Poloo,

    Actually it’s not because brand modifies new, not the noun. When both adjectives work together to modify the noun, then they are compounded.

    Does this help?

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

great lesson it was very useful

Friday, June 26th 2015

Was a 10-question no-brainer, Adam
100 ✔

Friday, June 26th 2015

    lol. Not for everybody, Antonella.

    I’m glad it was easy for you, though. :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thank you for this excellent lesson, Adam.

How about medical compound adjective?

“Intra- abdominal mass” or “intraabdominal mass”?

Friday, June 26th 2015

    Hi Akkapulu,

    That’s a little too specific for this site, though I would recommend getting a medical style guide to find out abut those terms (AMA-American Medical Association style guide).

    Hope this helps.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Very useful lesson. I hope to learn and practise your teaching soon!

Friday, June 26th 2015

Great lesson, Adam!!
9/10.

Friday, June 26th 2015

Hi Adam, how´s it going?
I watched your video class about “3 tips for sounding like a native speaker” and i loved it .
I´m brasilian and we have a lot of problems with PRONUNCIATION and not “pronountiation” ha ha ha..So, i would like to watch more videos with you about this topic because could help me a lot and i love your accent because is very clear to understand. Thank you and im looking forward to watch you again…
Kisses :0)

Friday, June 26th 2015

    I’ll get on it Cleo :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Very good lesson!, thank you.

Saturday, June 27th 2015

Im confuse

Saturday, June 27th 2015

Great lesson!

Saturday, June 27th 2015

Awesome! Very useful lesson. Thank you Adam!

Saturday, June 27th 2015

nice lesson sir

Saturday, June 27th 2015

Do we use look in on to talk about something to take care of and look after to talk about someone to take care of?

Saturday, June 27th 2015

    Hi Singhiii,

    Look in on means to check and make sure someone/thing is alright. Look after means to take care of.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thank you very much

Saturday, June 27th 2015

Thank u Adam. But why ”state-of-the-art”???

Saturday, June 27th 2015

    The most recent stuff, e.g., This car has state-of-the-art GPS

    Sunday, June 28th 2015

    Hi TingYun,

    Al the words work together as one to modify the noun that follows. It means the newest, latest, most up to date.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

If someone wants to practice please add me (ninguem00001 – skype) :)

Saturday, June 27th 2015

Thank you Adam , this lesson is very useful

Saturday, June 27th 2015

I got 9 out of 10. Thanks Adam, I now more understand the use of compound adjective.

Sunday, June 28th 2015

Hey! I believe that engVid should make something to get this website even better like if we were rising level as long as we were taking the quizzes, it would get more interactive. =) hugs

Sunday, June 28th 2015

    That’s a great idea. I’ll pass it on to Management. Who knows…maybe it could become as addictive as Candy Crush.

    Monday, June 29th 2015

A very important subject. Thank you so much.
Can you make a lesson about the word(regard) and its common uses in English?

Sunday, June 28th 2015

    I’ll see what I can do Muhamad :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

It is good friend but I don’t understood you but I going to study more ok tank you

Sunday, June 28th 2015

Hi Adam thanks for the lesson could you pleaese do a lesson how to use the Past Perfect Tense?

Sunday, June 28th 2015

    Hi Iedan,

    If you type past perfect into the search box at the top of the page you will see a few lessons about it already there. Some of the other teachers have already covered this.

    Let me know if you have any questions about it though.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thank you Adam
It is very interesting for me to learn English here on EngVid.

Monday, June 29th 2015

To EngVid moderators…

I’m sorry for spamming. Please do not block me. I will not spam. I tried to find features (we call them bugs). As I see, there is kind of parser, which removes “” and maybe some other tags. So, I was able to send an empty message. Another “feature”, when I wanted to leave a comment, I was not asked to log in, nether I could send a message. Later I figured out this, I logged it, and sent a message.

Good luck, you guys!

Monday, June 29th 2015

    Hey, we won’t say no to free QA testing. :P Thanks for letting us know, I’ll pass this on. And make sure your email’s up-to-date in case we need to contact you for more details!

    Monday, June 29th 2015

Thanks for the video Mr.Adam

Monday, June 29th 2015

thanks for this great explanation .
Would you please give some information ,rules about translation into English. thanks

Monday, June 29th 2015

    Hi Nour,

    Translating is just about writing well. You still need to capture the meaning of the original text, but make it interesting for the English reader.

    There are many good sites for translating rules though. Just Google it :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

I have to bone up on this lesson because I want to improve my english before visiting Canada. There is another verb that I’ve learned with Adam today. Thank you, man! You’re a very nice teacher. I want to be able to express correctly with an English-speaking person some day.

Monday, June 29th 2015

Thank you Adam

Tuesday, June 30th 2015

Hi Adam. May I ask something? Recently I have watched a video on Youtube, which was called ‘English Conversation 01’, on(in) Trung Mai’s channel. One thing confused me there.
There is a dialog between man and woman there:
1 What kind of foodS do you like?
2 I like all kindS of foodS.

From a logical point of view there must be letter ‘S’ at the end of ‘kind’ in the first sentence. (Please help me)

I couldn’t find any other video, where people talk to each other so long on different topics. But I’m not sure about that video now. Could you help? Bye.

Tuesday, June 30th 2015

    Hi Katrin,

    When we ask generally about a topic, we ask in the singular (kind of food) thinking that there will be a favourite. If the answer is more than one, then we can pluralize.

    Not sure if this is what you meant, though. :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

      I just didn’t understand – is the first sentence right or not…

      Monday, July 13th 2015

        What kind of foodS do you like? this is ok.

        What kind of food do you like? this is ok too ;)

        Wednesday, July 29th 2015

9/10 I think I got a headache with the Tom’s three eight-week puppies.

Tuesday, June 30th 2015

    lol.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thanks, Adam.
Could you make a video about prizes/awards?
e.g. first prize/first runner-up/1st group or team prize(?),etc.
I don’t know the names of different prizes/awards.

Wednesday, July 1st 2015

    Besides this, one more question:
    ‘encompass’ and ‘include’ what is the difference?
    Thanks.

    Tuesday, July 7th 2015

      Sorry, get one more question:
      to create a group in/on whatsapp
      Which one is correct? in or on?
      Thanks.

      Tuesday, July 7th 2015

        Hi Sophie,

        An awards lesson sounds good. I’ll get on it.

        encompass is more like surrounds and generally means cover (though still a synonym for include). Include generally means within a set thing.

        The course encompasses all the writers of the 20th century and include writers from all over the worl.

        Make a group on Whatsapp.

        Hope this helps :)

        Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thank you, Adam.
Nice lesson as always.
I am confused about 10-storey building and 10-storeyed building
or it is just the differences of British & American usage?
Please clear me out!

Wednesday, July 1st 2015

    Hi Thidara,

    It might be an AM vs BR thing, but to be honest, I wouldn’t write 10-storeyed. That being said, I would write a three-legged dog. The -ed ending has more a sense of possession, while without is a measurement. In other words a 10-storey building tells me about the height of the building, while a three-legged dog has three legs.

    Does this help?

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

      Thank you so much for the reply
      You did well explain.

      Yes, it is very helpful.

      Reading through all the comments and replies, I can’t even thank you enough for your effort, patience to reply each comment.
      I just like you 1000% more :)

      Sunday, October 4th 2015

10/10 just watching your video. Thanks Adam. Very useful

Thursday, July 2nd 2015

    Just as addition, “My son just started playing” and “My son has just started playing” have the same idea? I’ve studied english for a few semesters and still haven’t gotten this.

    Thursday, July 2nd 2015

      Hi Gigio,

      Technically, it should be my son has just started… but most native speakers will not bother with the ‘has’ in everyday speech. Shortcuts are quite common in spoken English.

      Saturday, July 11th 2015

100/100!!! That’s very nice!!

Friday, July 3rd 2015

Adam I’m little bit confused by these compound adjectives. How can I get know them easily.

Friday, July 3rd 2015

    Hi Sairam,

    You can watch the video again, but if you have a specific question about them, please ask me here and I will do my best to help out.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

It was an amazing lesson that I’ve never heared about it
But is it necessary to write the hyphen in essays ?
Like if I want to write I have a 10-year-old nephew can I write it without hyphen I have a 10 year old nephew

Friday, July 3rd 2015

    Hi Rena,,

    It depends: if you are taking the IELTS, TOEFL or other exam, it will be marked incorrect. Otherwise, it’s your choice :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Hi Adam.
I need your help so much, because i don’t know how can i strat to learn english or should i begin. Thank you if you answer.

Friday, July 3rd 2015

    Hi Reza,

    Well, you’ve already started by coming to Engvid :)

    At the beginning you should build up your vocab by doing a lot of reading. then practice using the language at every opportunity.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Hi Adam,
I want basic English Grammar videos such as, nouns,Adjective, sentences, parts of speech, articles, punctuation , Direct and Indirect speech. Please do let me know availability of these videos

Friday, July 3rd 2015

    Hi Ambadas,

    You can do a search in the search box at the top of the page for specific language points. Otherwise, keep watching as we load new material all the time.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Very useful lesson

Saturday, July 4th 2015

100% score… nice

Sunday, July 5th 2015

Hello! Mr.Adam could you making a video about Phrasal verb “Carry” PLEASE

Sunday, July 5th 2015

    Will do Dunya :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Hello, Adam, I love your way of teaching and explaining something. I have been learning from engVid since a few years ago. I love this site sooo much. :-D Would you kindly make a lesson on how to use CONFUSE & CONFUSED, please. Thank you. :-)

Sunday, July 5th 2015

    Hi Bontot,

    Thanks :)

    I’m not sure what specific issue you’re asking about, but to confuse someone means to make them confused. Confused is a feeling someone has when they don’t understand something.

    Does this help?

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

      firstly, thank you for reading and replying my commenet here. :-)

      I often mixed up those things. CONFUSE has some meanings and CONFUSED can be the past tense of CONFUSE and it also an adjective form. Sometimes I couldn’t distinguish which one is the past tense of the verb CONFUSE and the adjective one.
      I’d be happy if you would give me some more explanations. Thanks

      Tuesday, July 14th 2015

        oh, OK. In this case, you need to look at the whole sentence and understand the position and function of the word in the sentence. Is the word acting like a verb in the past? then it must be a verb. Is it describing someone’s feeling? then it’s an adjective.

        I am interested in this topic. (main verb is am, so interested is a feeling/adjective)
        This topic interested me when I was younger. (main verb is interested)

        same applies to confused.

        Does this help?

        Wednesday, July 29th 2015

          I see. I got the picture. Thank you. :-)

          Thursday, August 6th 2015

Thanks for your time Adam.

Monday, July 6th 2015

hello–i am very gratfull for this beneficial course professor—but if you dont mind-i would like to ask a question–the rule you showed on the blackboard–can it be applied to all cases–i mean if we take the example of—blood-sucking leech which means leech that suck blood—can we transform **virus destroy cells can it be transform into cell-destroying virus–i mean can this rule be applied to all cases and-thank you

Monday, July 6th 2015

hello professor–i have some issues about two nouns together like chair leg which means leg of the chair—vegetable garden–garden contain vegetablesa summer holiday-holiday in summer–a war film-film about war–can we suppress in every case the preposition and transform it into two nouns–and thank you professor

Monday, July 6th 2015

hello again–there are other problems that hinder the process of speaking-which is present and past participles put before the noun as adjectives—if we say flying bird it means bird that fly-or commanding officer–officer that command–but can all other cases be possible sir–thank you in advance professor

Monday, July 6th 2015

    Hi Splinter,

    As for compound adjectives: the examples you gave were good. In most cases the rule applies, but sometimes the two words can be combined into one (bloodsucking leech). The best way to be sure is to check the dictionary.

    Compound nouns place two nouns together where the first acts as an adjective to the second. We usually do this to avoid the preposition and shorten the sentence.

    Participles are tricky. you can only move them before the noun if there are no other words involved:

    The window that was broken was fixed– the broken window was fixed.
    The window that was broken last week — cannot be reduced to the participle and moved, but– the window broken last week was fixed. (if you move the participle before the noun, you have the “last week” dangling and not clearly modifying anything.

    Does this help?

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

I don’t know how, but I score 100. I think this is very confuse for me. For example,I never had used hyphen before in adjectives…

Monday, July 6th 2015

    Well, good job anyway Bergvolk :)

    It’s just another or many grammar points to work on.

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

      recently we had a orthographic reform in Brazilian Portuguese. Rules for compound names using hyphen also was changing. I have to reprogram my mind… Thanks for the incentive. :)

      Friday, July 31st 2015

I got 9 of 10. thanks Adam.

Monday, July 6th 2015

thank you so much.i like your tattoo sir

Monday, July 6th 2015

    Thanks Soe :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

1 mistake (dark-heiry) done. Adam, by the way, how do you name in Canada forest blood-suckers: mite or tick? Many thanks for Your lessons

Tuesday, July 7th 2015

    Hi Mr. Igor,

    We actually have both mites AND ticks. They’re two different insects. :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Why some verbs are participle with –ing– . Good teaching

Tuesday, July 7th 2015

    Hi Roxfajardo,

    That’s a topic for a whole lesson. I will get this to you :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Very useful lessons, tks Adam!
I’d like to know with you are available to do private classes by skype or if you could recommend some teacher that could do it.
Tks for your time.

Wednesday, July 8th 2015

    Hi Nakalissi,

    You can check my site: writetotop.com :)

    Saturday, July 11th 2015

Mr Adam thank you for the lesson

Thursday, July 9th 2015

Very useful lessons for me

Thursday, July 9th 2015

Thank you Mr.Adam you have a cristal explanation

Thursday, July 9th 2015

Thank you dear Adam.It was very useful for me

Friday, July 10th 2015

Thanks Adam! It was a great and useful lesson.

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thank u so much Adam. Your lesson is so helpful for me writing skill. :)

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thank you so much it was so helpfull ,,

But i got confused about when it comes before the noun and the verb,
you said that in this example : …good-looking girl ” it came before the
verb ..where is the verb ?
if it was ” looking” .. so why you told us that good looking is one word
not two part ..

Again thanx for reading my comment ..

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Thanks everybody :)

Saturday, July 11th 2015

Hello Adam, I’m Hna. I’ve just watched your lessons few days ago and OMG It’s amazing and very helpful for me. I really have some problems on writing skill. My English is not really good. But thanks to you, now I get better. Thanks :) Btw, my mom said you are handsome :)

Monday, July 13th 2015

    Thanks Hna (and your mom) :)

    Good luck

    Wednesday, July 29th 2015

Thank you Adam I hope for that

Monday, July 13th 2015

I got 5/10 failed

Tuesday, July 14th 2015

    No Haferlin,you succeeded in learning that you need to practice a bit harder ;)

    Wednesday, July 29th 2015

tks, Adam , i got 9 , very interesting topic.

Wednesday, July 15th 2015

Thank u for providing the basic concepts.
Can u give us some lessons on root words to improve our vocabulary.

Wednesday, July 15th 2015

    Will do Ch.

    Wednesday, July 29th 2015

got 9 correct out of 10.
:) great lesson and many many thanks.

Friday, July 17th 2015

Hi Adam. I’ve watched lesson about gerunds recently. And now got a little bit confused. Would you please make it clear, what the difference between gerunds and participle.

Sunday, July 19th 2015

    Hi Mark,

    A gerund is a noun of activity. It is usually used as a subject or object of a clause. A participle is a clause (adjective or adverb) that has been reduced to a phrase. It cannot be used as a noun as it “contains” the subject and verb of the clause that was reduced.

    Feeling happy, I went to sleep (as I was feeling happy, I went to sleep)- participle (feeling)

    I love sleeping-gerund (sleeping)

    Does this help?

    Wednesday, July 29th 2015

      Hi again, more or less, actually. In simple sentences difference quite clear. But in other tenses such as active past and passive past it is still unclear. The point is that i’m comprehend a meaning. But if try to explain someone it turns out i’m dont understand. As say, you understand something to the degree to wich you able to explain it somebody else. Thank you enormous for reply)))

      Saturday, August 1st 2015

good!

Monday, July 20th 2015

Thank you, Adam!

Monday, July 20th 2015

You mean: storey and storeys H

Tuesday, July 21st 2015

    Yes :)

    Thanks Briklend

    Wednesday, July 29th 2015

Thank You! Adam! My English grammar is improving a lot. Great Lessons!

Friday, July 24th 2015

Thank you very much,you are the one

Friday, July 31st 2015

Hi Adam, thanks a bunch for this incredible lesson.
This site is helping me a lot with my English.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge. You’re a great teacher!

Monday, August 3rd 2015

Teacher, I couldn’t dowload your video at engvid.com. All video of this Website was revented dowload?

Monday, August 3rd 2015

    Hi Nguyenlongbien,

    Yes, sorry. They’re not downloadable. You can watch them online only.

    Saturday, August 15th 2015

Why the last guestion was 300 wards not 300-ward
Thanks a lot.

Wednesday, August 5th 2015

Can I say “an english-speaker friend” ?

Monday, August 10th 2015

    Hi Elias,

    English-speaking friend

    Saturday, August 15th 2015

      thank you

      Monday, August 17th 2015

Hi Adam,
Can I post the task 1 of IELTS here .If you can evaluate as I am facing problems in self evaluation.

Thanks

Wednesday, August 19th 2015

This is very much helpful lesson. I’m very much proud for being a part of here. This is my first comment. Hope I will be able to improve my English learning. Everybody help me please.

Monday, August 24th 2015

Very useful lesson. Thanks again, Adam!

Tuesday, August 25th 2015

Thank you Adam! I had only 2 wrong. You are a great teacher! I have a doubt: About the pronunciation of the -ing. We need to pronounce the -g or not? Thanks again. God bless you!

Wednesday, August 26th 2015

all the lessons initiated by Adam re awesome with a variety of details.i have one question for the reading comprehension ,whic kind of sites do u advice me to follow daily,?

Friday, August 28th 2015

Wonderful video. :) I have also seen hyphens being used, for what seemed like, to create commas in sentences and/ or paragraphs. But, how do you know the correct time to use them and are their rules for them being used for that specific purpose?

Tuesday, September 1st 2015

Hi Adam,
I understood your explanation with the sentence “I have a 10-year-old nephew”. But, is it wrong to write,”I have a 10 year old nephew”?

Sunday, September 20th 2015

Hi ADAM,
is it wrong to write, “sun dried tomatoes”?

Sunday, September 20th 2015

Thank you!!! The lesson is helpful.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015

it’s hard

Tuesday, September 29th 2015

i can 80 mark only

Tuesday, September 29th 2015

thank a lot. Adam …..you are the best

Tuesday, September 29th 2015

hi Adam, Wonderful Video!!!

I would like to know can you rate me IELTS Writing Task 2 essay. as this is my weak point … :(

Sunday, October 4th 2015

Thanx a lot

Wednesday, October 7th 2015

i found this lesson pretty usefull .

Thursday, October 8th 2015

Perfect teaching as usual

Sunday, October 11th 2015

Hi Adam, thanks for this lesson. May I ask that if using this technique(compound adj) is helpful for ielts writing exam to get a higher score? And if yes, is there any rules to build this kind of adj?

Sunday, November 15th 2015

Hi Adam! Thank you for lesson! I have one question. In your lesson you put a comma in the example: “5, 10-page essays”, but in test there was the sentence without comma after the numeral: “Tom is giving away his dog’s three eight-week-old puppies.”. So my question is should we always put comma in that case or not?

Thursday, November 19th 2015

Many thanks, Adam.

Thursday, November 26th 2015

thanks

Saturday, January 2nd 2016

Thank you.

Tuesday, January 5th 2016

hi master
which are the sentence is correct? and others sentence why not to correct

she has black hair.
2. she has black haired
3. she has black-haired.
4. she has a black-haired girl.
5. she has a black-haired girl.

Sunday, January 10th 2016

    She has black hair. you can also say ¨she is a black-haired girl. hope that suits you. have a good day, bye.

    Wednesday, April 13th 2016

It was pretty difficult lesson for me. I got 9 correct answers. Thanks.

Monday, January 18th 2016

Great lesson,Adam, as usual.

Now, the in-law thing.

Do these words always take a hyphen?
Mother-in-law, Brother-in-law, Sister-in-law,
because they usually aren’t adjective.

Are they actually compound words, too?

Hope you read this and whenever possible

clear my doubt.

Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, January 20th 2016

thanks Adam it’s really helpful in writing, but I need more advanced compound adj. lesson .

Monday, January 25th 2016

Clear lesson.Thanks a lot but,I’d like to ask you that when we use the body parts,can I say “she is a thick-lipped girl?

Wednesday, January 27th 2016

hi i not speak and write english complete

Monday, February 1st 2016

you really do such a great work Adam! you have a clear, straight and logic method of teaching, you’re alive and having the best understanding of the learning process! Congratulations and thank you very much!

Monday, February 8th 2016

Sir, could you explain to me that what does state-of-the-art technology mean (in Question8)?
Many thx!

Tuesday, February 16th 2016

that was so interesting lesson for me. but let us get back to (she is good looking) we Didn’t add hyphen b

Friday, February 19th 2016

    sorry. yes we didn’t add a hyphen because we mean (she is good who looking) right??

    Friday, February 19th 2016

Could you answer me teacher adam

Friday, February 19th 2016

It’s a very useful lesson! Thank you, Adam :)

Sunday, February 21st 2016

Excellent lesson. How do we know how to form compound adjectives like human-like; energy-efficient, etc? Thank you!

Thursday, March 10th 2016

Hi Adam,
Thanks a lot for all the lessons.
I always get confused with the order of adjectives (ex. old tall modern building). Which should come first; origin, color, size, age, etc.?

Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

hi MR.Adam..i just wanted to thank you for this lesson.you are a great teacher..your lessons are incredible perfect..i really wish you ALL THE BEST in your life..thanks a lot again,and again i apologise to all readers for my mistakes in my comment..they have to be here,i am sure))

Thursday, March 31st 2016

I’ve understood the lesson but the example you said well-known and well-knowing what is the difference ?? my pleasure

Saturday, April 9th 2016

Hi adam
I like your teaching,you are a good teacher.

Saturday, May 21st 2016

Hi Adam
I like your teaching, you are a good teacher.

Sunday, May 22nd 2016

Hi Adam,

I was just curious is there any rhyme or reason behind whether you use the -ing or -ed participle? For example, why is it slow-moving and not slow-moved. I know the second is obviously incorrect for a native speaker but I know my students will ask.

Great lesson!

Wednesday, May 25th 2016

Hi Adam, thank you very much for the lesson.

Thursday, June 2nd 2016

Great lesson Adam.In this Quiz I score full marks. :-)

Tuesday, June 21st 2016

Thanks Adam. The lesson is really helpful.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016

Thanks Adam for your wonderful lesson. But I’ve recently realized that in each IELTS listening exam at least there is one question dealing with hyphenated adjective or compound nouns such as “minibus” or “seafood”. Your explanation concerning the former was entirely comprehensive, nevertheless I have difficulty with the latter whether it must be written “mini bus” and “sea food” or “minibus” and “seafood”. My question is what’s the rule about using space or not between two components for these type of nouns? I will be grateful if you can help me.

Saturday, July 23rd 2016

Hi Adam
I have a doubt in the sentence ” I got off campus placement”. Will there be any hyphen between off and campus?
I get this doubt because you didn’t use hyphen in “brand new car”

Tuesday, August 9th 2016

is the preposition “at” used with craving or “for” used with craving or none of these, as I read somewhere “I am craving chocolates”

Tuesday, August 9th 2016

I cannot watch your videos on my mobile phone,why?

Monday, August 15th 2016

Hi Adam,
It was really a hard-pressed task for me to understand compound adjectives prior to listening this lecture.
Would you please share some information on using comma, semicolon etc.

Monday, August 29th 2016

Thanks a lot for your lesson, Adams! Could I just ask you 1 question? When we use -ed and -ing in a compound adjective? I mean why we have to use Big-boned in stead of Big-boning? :) Waiting for your reply! :)

Sunday, September 18th 2016
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