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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.
Try to decide if the speaker is using correct English or non-standard English, and choose the answer that matches this form of English:
Jane: "We ________ at a very important meeting yesterday."

Try to decide if the speaker is using correct English or non-standard English, and choose the answer that matches this form of English
Billy: "Calm down, mate. They _______ only joking with you."

Teacher: "Have you finished your work?"
Tom: "Yeah, I_______ it." (non-standard English)

Mr Smith: "I have two bicycles _______ I ride." (standard, correct English)

Mumtaz: "It's busy in town, ________." (non-standard English)

"I am not going to go to _______ house. It smells bad." (standard, correct English)

I am not going to go to their house. It smells bad ________. (standard, correct English)

What is the standard, correct form?


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thanks teacher so much .. it was useful lesson >>>
i still have Difficulty with grammer :( but i am working on it :)

Thursday, January 1st 2015

    Good for you! Grammar is the backbone of language. Although for some English native speakers is not.

    All the best with your English.

    Friday, January 2nd 2015

      Happy New Year to all EngVid viewers as well as the teaching staff of this marvelous website.

      May the odds be ever in your favor.

      Friday, January 2nd 2015

        Thanks Regino!

        in 2015 I want to learn English more than past year!

        Jesus bless all
        Hugs!!

        Saturday, January 3rd 2015

Thanks a lot, Jade. It seems quite unbelievable that natives keep making these mistakes, especially the “lend” vs. “borrow” one.

Thursday, January 1st 2015

Happy New Year to you all ! :)

Thursday, January 1st 2015

Wow, I’ve just watched it, You’re brillant I do love you, I’ve been watching your second channel, I love it! This lesson was very useful, I’ve shared it on facebook! I study By myself I love engvid. Jade I’m a big fan of yours. The pronunciation mistake Can’t and Cunt was very funny and Useful!

Thursday, January 1st 2015

    by the way, I wasn’t clear, jade’s got a video talking about pronunciation mistake, which is between the words cunt and can’t, very useful! Thanks Jade. arrrh, Can you tell me about standard English and Received English? Take care <3

    Friday, January 2nd 2015

Thank you for this lesson. Happy new year

Thursday, January 1st 2015

Thank you, Jade. I wish you all a happy 2015 :D

Thursday, January 1st 2015

Thank you for your lesson!! Happy new year ;))

Thursday, January 1st 2015

I was not good in this quiz because I usually use correct in grammar.I don’t like non-standard English.

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Thanks for the native speakers mistakes lesson.

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Thnks a teachet and happy new year really you are my favorite teacher

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Fall down a myth ! :)))
I’m learning all the english language rule for talk like a native… but the native english don’t know all the rules? I’ll go in U.S.A to teach english ! ;)
Happy new year to everyone !

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Thank you my dear teach!
It was a handy one.Good luck with your teaching.

Friday, January 2nd 2015

“Hey Jude !” (excuse me, Jade. “Hey Jude” is Beatles song).
Very interesting ! There are mob,
intellectuals and strata. Each of them uses theirs own language ?
I saw expressions like that: “He is gone”.
I’d rather say:” He has gone” Which of them are correct?
Regards!
Happy NY !

Friday, January 2nd 2015

    To Yurokan:
    Both expressions are correct but they have a different meaning:
    – he has gone = he has walked etc. (the present perfect)
    – he is gone = he is not here. (“gone” is a adjective)
    See:
    dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/gone

    Friday, January 2nd 2015

      Aha. “He is gone” also means “He is DEAD” ?

      Friday, January 2nd 2015

        “Gone” can mean “dead” but I would usually translate it as “away” or something like this. For examlpe: All my money is gone and I have nothing to buy food with.
        – He is gone = Он ушел.

        Friday, January 2nd 2015

It was really interesting! Thank you, Jade!
Especially #7 — to my mind, in Russia we have absolutely identical borrow/lend issue. I can’t understand that people, who use “borrow me money”. It sounds very impolite like “hey, give me your money”!

Friday, January 2nd 2015

To Yurokan:
Both expressions are correct but they have a different meaning:
– he has gone = he has walked etc. (the present perfect)
– he is gone = he is not here. (“gone” is a adjective)
See:
dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/gone

Friday, January 2nd 2015

thank you i love it

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Thanks jade .it’s great lesson.

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Thanks Jade! You’re so cute!

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Thank you Jade for your helpful lesson. BR

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Friday, January 2nd 2015

7/8 a wrong answer in sixth.
Oh, oh, we are feeling só bored today, ain’t we? To a Hoi polloi as you are, I maybe, sound little snob, a little like “tea past five”, a little cockney maybe! Well maybe, but the truth is, it sounds delicious music to my ears.
Thank you Jade, a very interesting lesson.

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Hi! Jade
thanks a lot for this great lesson.

Happy New Year to all teaching on Engvid and viewers I wish you more succes, health, happiness… and your life. God protect us.

my best wiches.

Friday, January 2nd 2015

An example for point 8:
Where are the kids?
They’re there playing with their toys.
;)

Friday, January 2nd 2015

I hate Billy! Why is he so stupid?

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Thank you for lesson). Have a wonderful New Year!

Friday, January 2nd 2015

I am looking for someone who wants to improve his/her english speaking skills over skype. I can understand and type in english pretty well (not perfectly… but still :D), but when it comes to speaking I am total disaster. I want to fix that, but since I am from Iran it is not very common to hear english speech on the street, therefore I can’t develop my speaking skills.This is my skype Id: arsinr rabiee

Friday, January 2nd 2015

thank you very much but there is many words in native speakes and sentence you didnot mention it example lou a mean like taht

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Thank you very much, this lesson is very useful.

Friday, January 2nd 2015

yes it’s usfu lesson, thank a lot Jade

Friday, January 2nd 2015

thank’s

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Thanks alot …

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Hi jane firstful happy New year you and engvid’s family.then i have a question about Quiz Which i do not understand first and second questions. They have asked the problem the same way but answers are different. Can you explain why this Happen like that? Thanks a lot from now on your lesson and answer.

Saturday, January 3rd 2015

hi! can anyone tell me about construction : ^The murderer is thought to be a woman^ thank for attention!

Saturday, January 3rd 2015

I think the quiz for this lesson is quite strange!

Saturday, January 3rd 2015

Thank you Jade, very useful lesson

Saturday, January 3rd 2015

i have two questions . first we always used they+were . why did we use was???
second, answer i have done it. why was this answer incorrect????

Saturday, January 3rd 2015

Thanks jade

Saturday, January 3rd 2015

thank you so much jade.l don’t know to speak in english, but l will lean bit by bit

Saturday, January 3rd 2015

Greetings teacher Jade! I’d like yout to know that this lesson was so a useful one! I’m pretty sure that it wasn’t only for me but also for all the students who have been following you so far. Well, I’ve got a couple of doubts related to your video. I’ve seen the term “ain’t” in lots of movies as well as songs. I wonder whether this term can only be used with the subject “I” or also with the other ones like: “we, they, you, etc” E.G. “We ain’t good students, we need to practice more, don’t we?” Would that be correct? Changing the topic, I’ve also seen in some grammar books that we can not use the “if” conditional with “or” or “or not”, we can only use the conjunction “whether” when referring to two options at least. E.G. “Whether you like it or not, you must learn advanced grammar! So, can we also say: If you like it or not, you must learn advanced grammar!? I’ll be so thankful to you teacher Jade. Best regards from Bolivia!
P.S.: at minute 7:53, the subtitles on your video say “….. and what your textbooks tellS you” And well I’m not sure whether we’re able to take those subtitles away since we can’t see the 4th example written on the board.

Saturday, January 3rd 2015

Thank you for your help! Sometimes. . When I was in England, I asked to myself questions about the way English people sometimes use their language (ain’t… innit… and so on)… Now I’m able to understand it better… :-))

Saturday, January 3rd 2015

Thank you Jade. I like:
1- when you tell us about the differences between the academic way of speaking and the street one,
2- when you speak with a real accent used by native people.
Have fun in 2015.

Sunday, January 4th 2015

Hi Jade!
First of all, I’d like to wish you (and all of us) a happy new year and thank you for your very useful lessons!
May I ask you a personal question? I am curious, where does your accent come from?
Thanks a lot!

Sunday, January 4th 2015

Hi class, little bit difficult innit?

Sunday, January 4th 2015

Thankyou jade, but i don’t understand about some question above.

Sunday, January 4th 2015

thanks for you miss jade and happy new year for you and all member of ENGVID.COM .until the moderator of this great site too.hhhhhhhhhh

Monday, January 5th 2015

Thanks and happy new year, Jade!

Monday, January 5th 2015

even though you speak fast or a bit strange for me,at least I could understant what was written on the board!

Tuesday, January 6th 2015

you sounds tired in this video. sorry but I`ve got bored, smile more Jade!

Tuesday, January 6th 2015

Thank you very much! =D I’m very happy heeee!

Tuesday, January 6th 2015

Thank you so much!!

Wednesday, January 7th 2015

Very good lessons.

Thursday, January 8th 2015

Thank you very much for your efforts.

Thursday, January 8th 2015

Hikya vu? ;-)

Thursday, January 8th 2015

Teacher, thank you very much for the lesson!
It has been useful for me to understand common suspects between correct and non-standard English

Thursday, January 8th 2015

Good lesson….
I like the funny bit at the end….
Is nice to see that recording lessons it is hard work and it surely does take practice and time…
Thank you!

Friday, January 9th 2015

I also often hear “less” + countable nouns, and “too” in reactions to negative statements (agreements with negat. statements), instead of “either” or “neither”.
I’d like to ask whether “I’m home” is grammatically acceptable, or whether the natives are just lazy to use the preposition “at”. ?? Thank you for the reply ;)

Friday, January 9th 2015

thank you teacher

Friday, January 9th 2015

she is using left hand :) more intelligent

Friday, January 9th 2015

Hi everybody i want meet some of them to keep a conversation and like this se can improve our english thanks.

Friday, January 9th 2015

Almost sure you pronounced “participle” in a wrong way…

Friday, January 9th 2015

Useful lesson, especially regarding “lend and borrow” depending on direction.

Monday, January 12th 2015

thank you for this lesson, i really appreciate it

Monday, January 12th 2015

:O I have to assume all that!!!. However, I want to thank your explanation, professor Jade.

Wednesday, January 14th 2015

Thanks alot .

Thursday, January 15th 2015

Many thanks ..

Friday, January 16th 2015

Thanks Jade for the lesson!
But I have a little question.
Is “homonyn” should be corrected to “homonym”? Thank you.

Friday, January 16th 2015

thank you

Sunday, January 18th 2015

thanx alot jade :)

Wednesday, January 21st 2015

thank you aloooooooooot

Friday, January 23rd 2015

Nice, although I prefer just to know the correct structures. If we know them, automatically we know what is wrong.

Sunday, January 25th 2015

i just a new student for this lesson. Nice to meet you gusy!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 3rd 2015

thank you so much Jade but i still difficulty native speaker and gramma i must be attpemted

Thursday, February 5th 2015

i suggest to remove and substitute exercices with non-formal english because they only confuse us. If we have to learn english, it’s worth to do it correctly, I think.

Friday, February 6th 2015

    I apologize for any confusion! However, it’s important to understand informal English as well — especially if you’re living in or visiting an English-speaking country. It may not be “correct”, but it’s what people actually use.

    Friday, February 6th 2015

You so sophisticated & cool teaching foreign students by giving many example in context.
not only beautiful but also smart.
Bravo for u Jade

Friday, February 13th 2015

Thank you JADE it is very useful.

Saturday, March 7th 2015

thank you… well done

Friday, March 13th 2015

you’ve put trap question on no 3. I got wrong mark, because i wasn’t read the question with so properly.

Thursday, March 19th 2015

Thank you, Jade, for this excellent lesson! When we study another language, we usually think all the native speakers speak perfectly well, but you have teach us that it is not true. It helps us to understand them better.

Friday, March 27th 2015

7/8 Very interesting lesson!

Saturday, March 28th 2015

Cute

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Very great

Saturday, April 4th 2015

in 2015 I want to learn English more than past year

Tuesday, April 7th 2015

Thanks got 50%, poor progress. I’m sad.

Wednesday, April 8th 2015

Jade, you are the best.

Tuesday, May 12th 2015

Jade, why are you so confused??

Friday, May 29th 2015

Thank you, realy usefull lesson. And teach us to pay attantion to the Quiz questions)))

Thursday, June 4th 2015

hello dear teacher

Thursday, June 4th 2015

I love it .

Friday, June 19th 2015

thank you

Wednesday, July 15th 2015

Thanks

Friday, August 14th 2015

thanks jade,I appreciate that

Wednesday, August 26th 2015

hi teacher
nice to meet u teacher

Friday, August 28th 2015

It’s an interesting fact that many Russian people also confuse Russian alternatives of borrow and lend by saying “borrow me money”

Thursday, September 3rd 2015

Well I like that

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015

ouuuh , , i’ve got 5 correct out of 8, hahahaha, terrible ! :D thank Ms. Jade , you make better , love you ! :)

Sunday, October 25th 2015

Jade! I love you!!! you are great!!

Wednesday, October 28th 2015

thanks alot youare the number one

Sunday, November 15th 2015

Thank you maam. I thought I was perfect on this quiz. hehehe

Friday, November 27th 2015

Try to decide if the speaker is using correct English or non-standard English, and choose the answer that matches this form of English
Billy: “Calm down, mate. They _______ only joking with you.”
were
was
have been
have was
Why in this test we dont put the “were” ?

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

I got 50 ! I answer before watching . Thanks

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Tuesday, January 19th 2016

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Tuesday, January 19th 2016

Thanks a lot Jade

Friday, February 5th 2016

I liked this class. thank you

Monday, May 23rd 2016

Hi Mss jade, firstly I have tried to study your lessons since last weekend, as for me,your accent is the most difficult one in the teachers of EngVid sure it comes from your nation so it might be a bit difficult to understand and get use it but to be honestly therefore I am here for it on the other hands it makes you for us relaxable and effective. consequently thank you for all these matters. I would like to ask you somethings that makes my friends confused recently days,
its related your mistakes video as well.
Have you ever seen someone around you who uses “had + not ( have ) ” substituted for didn’t have in past tense ? and is there any rule for using it in english language? if you reply me back soon, I and my confused friends will be grateful for it :) have a nice day from now on.
Sending best wishes from TURKEY.

Saturday, May 28th 2016

thanks so much

Tuesday, June 7th 2016

thanks jade. i got 7/8

Tuesday, July 26th 2016

8/8. I like the bonus in the lesson at 16:52, not sure it was released on purpose, but quite amusing as for the background. So presentation of point 7 was improved :-)

Wednesday, August 24th 2016

Thank you dear teacher for a informative class

Friday, August 26th 2016

I am very thankful to you for providing useful informations related to Grammar mistakes.I will try my best to remember all of them during comphrehension.

Sunday, September 4th 2016

Great lesson, innit? :D

Friday, September 23rd 2016

Thank you, Jade, for your lessons

Tuesday, October 18th 2016
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