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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.
My brother is not very tall. He is _________ tall enough to go on the adult roller-coaster ride at Disneyland.

The judge's decision was not ______.

The ________ person in the class who spoke perfect English was from Russia.

I _________________ and it broke.

It's not expensive. It's ________ two dollars.

I had ________ closed my eyes to go to sleep before it was time to get up again.

This new robot is like my ex-husband, _____ better.

She has no siblings, she is an ______ child.

I'm sorry, I can't give you any money. I ______ have enough money to buy food for myself.

Nobody likes Valen. In fact, her ________ friend is Mr. E.


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143 Comments on “Vocabulary: ONLY, JUST, BARELY, MERELY”


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That what i was looking for. Thanks James.

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

Thank my teacher

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

Thanks, James ;) Besides, I’m wondering is there any difference between odd/weird/strange/bizarre?

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

yeah this is JAMES and this is engvid and right here is mr E these all mean that we are going to have fun study …. damn i wrote rap song lol……. James prize my effort

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

Good lesson, two yesrs ago I could not barely understand you, it is just to say you are a good teacher, the only good teacher ?, of course not your colleages are also great. Thanks a lot

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

    Hey machacao, hope things are doing great! In your sentence you can’t use “barely” with a negative modal verb, so you have to say: Two years ago I could barely understand you!

    Best regards, see ya!

    Thursday, May 16th 2013

10 out of 10! I am merely a genius, aren’t I?))))))))))))))))))))))))

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

    It’s “am not I?” ;)
    I’m an English student too, I’m not showing off.

    Saturday, January 25th 2014

Hey JAMES, I guess (merely, barely) not common words in the US, I always watching movies and TV serial with the sub titles but I haven’t heard these words before never!! they made me kinda confused.

Respectfully,
Taha

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

    Hey Taha, I couldn’t disagree more! I can assure you that that’s pretty used in American speech, you will now notice that!

    Thursday, May 16th 2013

      Yah maybe .. thanks for your comment ..
      wish you the best.

      Taha

      Saturday, May 25th 2013

James, your amazing!
Thank you!

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

James, you’re amazing.
Thank you!

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

thank you :)

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

Thanks James!You just know how to teach!

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

Thank you :)

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

it´s great !! thanks :)

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

80 % ok it’s difficult
thnx

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

Hi James,where is your magazines or newsper @ this time?May be you forget to buy it.

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

You rock man, an so does Mr E!

Thursday, May 16th 2013

Thanks Mr James

Thursday, May 16th 2013

James. give us many lessons only you Thx

Thursday, May 16th 2013

Oh yeh!Finally I’m a member here.Thank you so much for helping us learn so easily .I look forward to comment more!

Thursday, May 16th 2013

Thank you James

Thursday, May 16th 2013

I loved your way to explain it! Thanks

Thursday, May 16th 2013

its great lesson but I wanna know about usages of (also,too,either,neither). non native English speakers get puzzle while using these words.

Thursday, May 16th 2013

    Also

    USE

    “Also” is used in positive sentences to add an agreeing thought.
    Examples:
    Jane speaks French. Sam also speaks French.
    I love chocolate. I also love pizza.
    Frank can come with us. Nancy can also come with us.
    PLACEMENT

    “Also” comes after “to be.”
    Examples:
    I am also Canadian.
    I was also there.
    With verbs other than “to be,” “also” comes before single verb forms.
    Examples:
    I also sing.
    He also helped us.
    In verb tenses with many parts, “also” comes after the first part and before the second.
    Examples:
    I have also been to Hong Kong.
    I am also studying economics.
    Similarly, since modal verbs are usually followed by a second verb, “also” comes after modal verbs.
    Examples:
    I can also speak French.
    I should also be there.
    Too

    USE

    “Too” is used in positive sentences to add an agreeing thought. It has the same meaning as “also,” but its placement within the sentence is different.
    Examples:
    Jane speaks French. Sam speaks French too.
    I love chocolate. I love pizza too.
    Frank can come with us. Nancy can come with us too.
    PLACEMENT

    “Too” usually comes at the end of a clause.
    Examples:
    I am Canadian too.
    I can speak French too.
    I am studying economics too.
    If he wants to go too, he should meet us at 8:00.
    IMPORTANT

    Although “too” is usually placed at the end of a clause, it can sometimes be used with commas after the subject of the sentence. This is usually only done in formal speech.
    Examples:
    Mr. Jones wanted the contract. Ms. Jackson, too, thought it was necessary.
    Donna is working on a solution to the problem. I, too, am trying to find a way to resolve the conflict.
    Either

    USE

    “Either” is used in negative sentences to add an agreeing thought.
    Examples:
    Jane doesn’t speak French. Sam doesn’t speak French either.
    I don’t love chocolate. I don’t love pizza either.
    Frank cannot come with us. Nancy cannot come with us either.
    PLACEMENT

    “Either” usually comes at the end of a clause.
    Examples:
    I cannot speak French either.
    I am not studying economics either.
    I don’t want to eat either.
    I didn’t like the movie either.

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    Thursday, May 16th 2013

      Good job thalinho! i appreciate the way you teach others..you are also a good teacher who always ready to assist others..

      could i get your email id so that i can learn from you..i would be very graetful if you have a time for me.

      Tuesday, June 25th 2013

      It is great

      Thursday, July 11th 2013

i got 9 out of 10….
not bad for my first day at engvid…thanks a lot :)

Thursday, May 16th 2013

Thank you James! I’ve got 9 of 10, so close.jpg

Thursday, May 16th 2013

thank u James!

Thursday, May 16th 2013

thank you james

Thursday, May 16th 2013

Thank you James!

Thursday, May 16th 2013

Thanks teacher, your lessons are always very useful.

Thursday, May 16th 2013

Thanx James :)

Thursday, May 16th 2013

Great lesson.

Thursday, May 16th 2013

Can I request a lesson about the difference between “die of” and “die from”? Thanks a lot.

Thursday, May 16th 2013

Die of indicates an internal cause (such as a disease)
Die from indicates an external cause (such as an accident).

Friday, May 17th 2013

Its just wonderful session James

Friday, May 17th 2013

I get it and I passed the test!

Friday, May 17th 2013

Thanks Mr. E

Friday, May 17th 2013

im a new user here , i thin it is very great

Friday, May 17th 2013

thank you so much )))

Friday, May 17th 2013

thank you.you’re so friendly

Friday, May 17th 2013

thank you so much )))

Friday, May 17th 2013

Thanks a lot!

Friday, May 17th 2013

Hey James, your explanation are very clear…tks From Brazzzzzilllll

Saturday, May 18th 2013

I just like you. I had barely understood everyting you told about and made only one mistake.

Saturday, May 18th 2013

Hey James, your explanation are very clear… You know, it was a great fun to study with you… Thank you so much :))

Saturday, May 18th 2013

the difference between my or mine ?

yours sincerely

Saturday, May 18th 2013

Thank you! :)

Sunday, May 19th 2013

useful lesson

Sunday, May 19th 2013

My brother is not very tall. He is _________ tall enough to go on the adult roller-coaster ride at Disneyland.

In this question of the quiz I put “only”… afterwards I realized the right answer was “barely”. Alright, that makes sense though I think “only” also fits in there. It would totally change the meaning of the sentence.

So, what do you think?

Sunday, May 19th 2013

thank you james !

Sunday, May 19th 2013

thanks James, it was an useful topic.
just a question:
can we use ‘Only’ instead of ‘Just’ at question number 5 too?? (interchangeable in this form?)

Monday, May 20th 2013

9 out of 10…ONLY and JUST one mistake! Thank you for the lesson, James!

Monday, May 20th 2013

Cool

Tuesday, May 21st 2013

8 out of 10….ONLY…..:(

Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Dear friends,
I am from Iran; so I have to download all these lessens then listen. Recently some of the lessons with MP4 formatted (5 Native English Speaker Mistakes / IELTS Speaking Task 1 – How to get a high score / “AT ALL!” – How to make a strong point in English! / 5 Phrasal Verbs with GET – get up, get along, get ahead, get by… / Vocabulary: ONLY, JUST, BARELY, MERELY) have no sound or voice. I wish admin could change the formats of them or find a solution for me.

Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Thank you teacher James you are good teacher

Tuesday, May 21st 2013

    Hello ….. Can we help each other in English language

    Sunday, May 26th 2013

thank you james, you are amazing teacher.

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

the same 8/10 =(
but anyway, nice class! really enjoyed it.

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

Great lesson, James! I could watch your videos for a long time, they’re very funny! (:

Here is a sugestion: make videos teaching about common academic vocabulary. That would be great! Greetings from Brazil!

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

thnak you, I have learnt a lot

Thursday, May 23rd 2013

terrific!

Friday, May 24th 2013

thank you so much. I found a lot of page to learn E but I found this page and I think I had a page to learn E well. Thank you so much again.

Friday, May 24th 2013

One thing I know guys,English takes time and patient.Sometimes I feel like I realy speak English,but than the next day I realize that I still have to learn.The only thing that help you to learn English quickly is your confidence.I am advising you to do like this and I don’t do so.It is what it is,the most important thing is your health.Don’t make pressure on you :)

Saturday, May 25th 2013

Hi James,
Thank you so much for the lessons, I am enjoying and have so much fun learning from you.
You have a great personality and you are a great teacher I have to admit that! and thanks to all teachers from engVid.com you guys are all great teacher.

please any comment in my writing paragraph I would be really happy, so I can learn and improve my skill.

Thank you.

Sunday, May 26th 2013

Good… Thanks

Sunday, May 26th 2013

Thanks James.

Monday, May 27th 2013

Thank u fr this good lesson
What are mere and bare?

Wednesday, May 29th 2013

100% again! Thank you James!

Wednesday, May 29th 2013

Thanks :) Very useful indeed.

Wednesday, May 29th 2013

10 out of 10!
Thank you a lot!

Thursday, May 30th 2013

it’s kind a confused to me.. but nice subject, good explain from you James.. thx

Thursday, May 30th 2013

100%. Thanks James you´ve taught me an easier way to pass the information on to students…You are brilliant!

Thursday, May 30th 2013

Thank You

Friday, May 31st 2013

“the two ideas go together” exactly our privious teacher taught us ONLY one meaning for a word but that was wrong it s not JUST that

Saturday, June 1st 2013

Excellent lesson!

Sunday, June 2nd 2013

I´am really enjoying to learn english now!! .. Thanks ¨Mr´s E”

Tuesday, June 4th 2013

I scored 6 in 10 at first watch, and from second watch I scored 9 in 10>>>>>

it’s amazing….

Friday, June 7th 2013

was awesome lesson, just now i got the difference among those words .. plenty thanks ,, :)

Sunday, June 9th 2013

It’s is excellent, but just one thing, would be possible don’t rub out anything.Cos some students take screen shot and study it again latter .
thanks a lot .

Tuesday, June 11th 2013

Thank you, James!
But what about “hardly”? Can it be used in the way as “barely”, or there is some difference between them?

Wednesday, June 12th 2013

James, thank you so much!

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

Lively, energetic! Perfect video lesson! James, you’re heaven-born teacher! (if it could be told so)
Once saw your video on the other website, and here I am :) having great pleasure watching your and your colleagues’ lessons.
Thank you indeed!

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

Tahnks James

Thursday, July 11th 2013

Hey James ;) Thanks a lot! You’re like an english teacher, only better !

Monday, July 15th 2013

Great teacher!!

Monday, July 22nd 2013

Mr. E is a lucky guy :)

Friday, July 26th 2013

thank you James, this is the best class ever

Tuesday, July 30th 2013

That’s just amazing!

Saturday, August 3rd 2013

10/10! yay!
Thank you, James!

Thursday, August 8th 2013

Thank you

Friday, August 9th 2013

Thanks a lot!

Friday, September 6th 2013

james Iliked the way you explain it great
thank you

Friday, September 13th 2013

thank you! I have a new words: berely and merely!I hope that they will not leave my mind fast.

Saturday, September 14th 2013

what about these words
1-burn
2-rip
3-tag
4-podcast
and I have choices ,I didn’t find them in the dictionary
a-copying tracks to CDs from online music sites
b-recording your CDs and enconding them into MP3 or other digital files
c-broadcasting files, mainly audio, on the internet for others to download
d-adding extra information about artists,albums,and songs to tracks on your MP3 collection

Sunday, October 6th 2013

    …We will not do your homework for you.

    Monday, October 7th 2013

thank you, but I was looking to find out how to use commas. your lesson are so funny I can not stop watching them

Tuesday, October 8th 2013

Thankyou ,Sir…

Sunday, October 20th 2013

tks teacher, i’ve got 9/10 :P

Wednesday, November 13th 2013

Hi James
That was a very good and useful lesson teaching us how to use these verbs. Interesting it was to hear the justice explanation about using the word ‘just’ there.

Great study with you James and little student Mr. E .. :-)…

Sunday, November 17th 2013

I liked a question about a russian person/ =) Thank you for that =)

Monday, November 18th 2013

I got only 6/10 . I barely have enough punctation. Would you give us more examples?

Thursday, November 21st 2013

Thanks Mr. James, I got only 70%, is it correct?

Monday, December 9th 2013

Hi, “Mr James”. I have heard lots of using “I am just ….” in movies and from native speakers. What does it means in here.

Wednesday, December 11th 2013

Good tips!

Wednesday, December 25th 2013

Thank you for giving me opportunity to watch your video. This is awesome to affect a lot that learning English by myself.
Your class is better than other classes which one I’v been.
I really wanna be a student of you even though that won’t be.
Plz keep this classes as long as possible.
Thank you teacher James.
I paid reverence to you.

Thursday, January 16th 2014

Very useful lesson James, thank you!

Tuesday, January 21st 2014

This is just an amazing lesson.. Thanks a lot.
I had a doubt with these words, as they are very similar each other..

Sunday, March 9th 2014

HEY WHERE SHOULD I GO TO REQUEST A LESSON???

Wednesday, March 26th 2014

Thx a lot

Tuesday, May 20th 2014

Your class is so useful and interesting!!
I love it *^_______________^*
Thank you~

Wednesday, June 11th 2014

great teacher!

Monday, June 16th 2014

These four vocabularies are also similar, though you gave us nice explanations. In most context, I think they can use interchangeablely

Saturday, August 2nd 2014

I cannt how to thank you , Mr.E
This lesson helps me more understanding

Sunday, August 17th 2014

This was a good lesson…thanks.

Friday, August 22nd 2014

Hey James thank you for your good lessons.
Please, can you tell me if you speak as you do in your daily life or if you speak slowly here to let us understanding better the lesson?
thank you.
bye.

Saturday, August 23rd 2014

i barely have enough time to do my homework
I merely finished from lesson and a girl phoned me to go outside
but she’s only 13 years old
and i only go with my girlfriend cause i love her

Sunday, September 7th 2014

thank you James. You helping a lot to improve me English…sincerely edgar !!

Sunday, October 5th 2014

https://www.facebook.com/edgar.ramirez.33821189 if some want to chat and practice English please add me.

Sunday, October 5th 2014

I want to know the place of “Just” and “only” in the exact place in the sentence.
please .
Hussein from Iraq

Tuesday, October 14th 2014

james…you explained those words really well…we love you also if possible explain the correct usage of word “LITERALLY”……THANX

Tuesday, November 11th 2014

thank you :)

Tuesday, December 16th 2014

Thanks James, although I also loves Valen ( can kill for her )!!!

Sunday, January 11th 2015

    sorry love not loves

    Sunday, January 11th 2015

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    Sunday, January 11th 2015

      is this real!!!, it was just linguistic expression , which means to much love !!, not real kill!!

      Sunday, January 11th 2015

        Calm down! It’s just a joke. :P

        Sunday, January 11th 2015

          ok ok ..great, I though it programmed bot that reports predetermined words, regardless double and hidden meaning !!! thanks Mod for declaring…hehe

          Sunday, January 11th 2015

Great lesson, James, as usual.

One question,though: When we use barely the verb
is in the affirmative or negative?

I’m asking you this because I saw in a movie,
a comedy actually, a scene in which the guy was
learning how to dance. Dancing was his worst
nightmare.
And a man said: ” You can do it. Go! Think of
Edward Swatzneger(I don’t know how to spell this name)he can BARELY walk!

It was funny, but my doubt is, can I say:
” He can’t barely walk”?

I don’t know if I’ve made myself clear but that’s my doubt.

Please, help me James. ( it’s not a command).

Monday, January 19th 2015

James, could you please explain to me which one is the correct sentence?
It’s about about the adverb: Hardly.
Can I say: “I can hardly stand up” or “I can’t hardly stand up.”

Saturday, January 24th 2015

Got 9 out of 10. It’s really confusing.

Thursday, March 19th 2015

thank you so much you are best titches

Friday, May 22nd 2015

cool!! i got 9 of 10.

Saturday, July 25th 2015

Thank you James and Mr.E

Saturday, September 5th 2015

Great Lecture like always you make! So helpful. Thank you.
You mentioned that you are in Toronto.
Have you ever heard about Celpip which is Canadian English Test. Could you make some videos about that if you know about it…

Monday, January 11th 2016

cool lesson from a cool teacher.

Thursday, April 21st 2016

One of your examples of the use of ‘barely’ is incorrect. You wrote, “I barely have enough $ for food.” You wanted ‘barely’ to act as an adverb for ‘enough’. Instead, in this context, ‘barely’ is an adverb for the word ‘have’, as in “I barely have food.” What your example SHOULD read is, “I have barely enough $ for food.” In THIS context, it means, “I have enough $, but barely.”

By the way, I am neither an English student, nor an English teacher. I am MERELY an advocate for proper grammar.

Tuesday, July 19th 2016

Thanks James for this incredible lesson.

Monday, August 1st 2016
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