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Sunday, November 2nd 2008


    Saturday, December 22nd 2012

      you told that we need to use the article A for european so will be A eagle or An eagle

      Monday, February 10th 2014

        it well be an eagle because we use a for consonant and an for vowel, and eagle started with vowel sound
        I hope that I helped you ^_^

        Monday, August 17th 2015

        It depends on sounding so it would be An Eagle rather than A Eagle

        Friday, September 11th 2015

        It should be AN eagle because the word eagle starts on a vowel ..

        Friday, October 2nd 2015

    il teach you is that ok?

    Monday, July 16th 2018

Hi James, nice to see you!
Regard to articles, we also often use “the” before plural nouns.
For instance: Both of the teachers are very good.
How we can exactly define when “the” is expected before plural nouns and when not?

Monday, November 3rd 2008

    hi maxim,

    sometimes you can use “the” before plural nouns and it is depend on the purpose you use it. well if someone uses “the” before a plural it reflect 2 things.

    the plural noun specific.
    the plural noun is a general thing.

    otherwise please use “a” or “an” before the plural verb.make your attention on plural verbs which starts with vowel sound and at that time you must use “an” before noun. for other consonant sounds you should use “a” before plural verb.

    Saturday, January 17th 2009

Can I use articles before werb or adjective?

Tuesday, November 4th 2008

    Hi!you can use article before adjective ,but pay attention if,noun comes after adjective,if it is not noun after adjective,you can not use, especially a,an(indefinite article)

    Tuesday, October 4th 2011

Hi James, nice to see you & your teaching.

Iam sorry to inform u that, iam not able to speak fluent english properly. Your Articles teaching video was very fine. Iam eager to know, if u can teach me, Quick methods of learning English Grammer. I thank u very much for you & your teaching video. now i got some idea about articles.

Thanking you,


Friday, November 7th 2008

    hi !good question yaar!

    Monday, October 22nd 2012

Hi Maxim. In the case of the plural nouns you mentioned the rules are the same. If you noticed, you used “The” to indicate that you were talking about two specific teachers. Also, you know that I know who you are talking about. So the rules apply:

1. If you all people know who you are talking about use “The”
2. If who you are talking about is specific use “The”

Saturday, November 8th 2008

    Hi James. I am from India.
    Why do generally people speak like “The United States of America and not “The India”?

    Wednesday, August 14th 2013

    Hi James! One question about using a/the. If I want to say “You are a great teacher!”, why shouldn’t I use “the”? I mean, I’m speaking about specific teacher. Or not?
    And the same: you said “it was a good lesson”, but why “a” if you speak about this specific lesson? I just can’t understand this situations… Hope you’ll help! Thank you!

    Thursday, April 10th 2014

Hi Constantine ,

To answer your question
1. you can only use articles a/an or the before nouns
2. because adjectives go before nouns and modify nouns you can use articles before adjectives that modify single nouns

Hey Vinod… I look forward to helping you learn english

Saturday, November 8th 2008

    Hi James i can’t understand this”To answer your question
    1. you can only use articles a/an or the before nouns
    2. because adjectives go before nouns and modify nouns you can use articles before adjectives that modify single nouns” , can you give me example ? And can you put quiz on this lesson ?

    Thursday, April 27th 2017

    hay James is this for year 4 people cuz im a year 4 kid 10

    Monday, July 16th 2018

Hi James , glad to see u and your teacing.

would you please assist me on how to enhance my english fluency, but i have got good accent.the only thing is, how do i focus on my fluency.

Thanking you always in advance.

Sunday, December 7th 2008

    Hi Murali,

    I am assuming you mean fluency in speaking. So here is a trick I teach my students:

    1. Watch a movie. Put on the English subtitles.

    2. Find a song that you like that has the subtitles on it.

    3. Sing with the song while reading the subtitles.

    4. Keep doing that until you can match the singer’s speed and match the pronunciation.

    The reason this works is because singing is harder than speaking and requires a good ear to hear the words.

    This will help with your fluency as you will have a greater ability to use and follow English.

    I hope that helped.


    Sunday, January 11th 2009

      this is A great idea! ;-)

      Thursday, February 24th 2011

      hi james this nirmal nice too meet you
      im here to ask you some tips to develop my knowledge

      1.i like to speak english fluently,correctly and confidently but now only i started to learn english

      2.i will be very nervous to speak english infront of people ,i dont have stage fear because i’am a dancer apart from that iam hesitate to speak

      help me and give an some tips james thank you


      Thursday, September 20th 2012

      you are a great teacher :) thanks a lot

      Sunday, April 26th 2015

      Cool. I am going to try this trick.

      Tuesday, October 6th 2015

      I’ll put into practice that, Thanks

      Tuesday, September 19th 2017

i love all your teachngs. really english is gift for from God. thank you

Saturday, December 27th 2008

Hello James! Thank you for teaching us. I have one question. Number of articles is equal to number of nouns in sentence. Is it right, or not ?

Thursday, January 8th 2009

Hi James
Thanks too much for your helpful lesson. I really appreciate your effort
thanks again

Sunday, February 1st 2009

Sorry for disturbing you, James. I’ve come up with the question concerning the use of articles here.

Could you assist me with this:

E.g. the situation: I’ve just talked to a person. I said good-bye to him and then say:

Thanks for a talk.
Thanks for the talk.

Thanks for a good talk.
Thanks for the good talk.

Which example in each of the pairs is the most suitable? Could you also explain it, if you please.

Sorry for burdening you again.
Thanks in advance.

Saturday, March 21st 2009

Hi James. Before all I want to say thank you very much, because I am learning a lot with your classes. I have a question: I did not understand the cases where I have to use “an”. I got I have to use it when the next word begins with a vowel but I did not get the other case, about the sound of the next word. Could you explain me, please?

See you

Alejandro (Bogotá D.C. Colombia)

Tuesday, March 31st 2009

I’m adil, i’m from algeria, thank you for your lesson but I ask you which article (a or the) used for pluriel or no
thank you…

Sunday, July 12th 2009

Bluse screen dowsnot show any thing sir

Sunday, August 16th 2009

I have a question. What answer is correct in this sentence “(The) cinema is a good way to relax” or “(-)Cinema is a good way to relax”? ( means non articles), and why?

Tuesday, October 27th 2009

Hi James. Firs of all thanks for videos. they help me when i learn english. I have a few sentences, which i need to know are they correct, can you help me to check them? ((my answer: a, an, the or – ))

“Excuse me, please. Can you tell me how to get to …. airport? (-)
“I’m going away for …. week in September (a)
“There were no chairs, so we had to sit on floor” (i put “the” next to “on”)

can you check them for me ? Thx for helping

Wednesday, January 13th 2010

thank you

Thursday, February 18th 2010

Hi James, I don’t understand two things:
– Where can I put on the English subtitle?
– When must I use an, if the word begins with ‘u’ and ‘e’?

When I go to then form, I can not write.
Are another people with the same problem or is my browser not good?

I want to follow all the lessons, what is the best way for me?
Just follow the levels and watching all the clips?

Thank you

Saturday, February 27th 2010

Hi James,

I also have a question about the usage of articles that is not mentioned in the vid.
What about articles with enumerations. Is it common to use definite and undefinite articles with count nouns in long lists like for example:

On the table there is a pen, a book, a magazine, a piece of paper, a stapler, a notebook, and a key.

Thanks for your answer!

Sunday, February 28th 2010

HI everybody, could anyone help me to understand when “the” is avoid? thanks

Thursday, April 29th 2010

i have some douts…which sentence is right(1) i wud lyk to learn the piano.(2)i wud lyk to learn a more thing what r the cases when the articles has not been used.

Tuesday, June 1st 2010

    hi rahul,the piano is an instrument that use 4 playing music. it is known by evryone so (1) is correct.

    Thursday, April 14th 2011

hi james!
wow!great!it really helped me a lot. i know now when/how to use these articles. great job…thanks..

Wednesday, June 16th 2010

Video is great, but it would be great to get more explanation where exactly use it. I am from Czech, we are not using articles. I understood everything from the video but in the quiz is correct answer: A pen is on the table. So why is not there A pen is on a table… We are speaking first time about pen and first time about table aswell…its weird sometimes

Wednesday, June 23rd 2010

Please correct me if I am wrong:I’ll see you THE next Monday(ungrammatical sentence) and THE next Monday is a holiday.(grammatical sentence)

Tuesday, June 29th 2010

JAMES You are really doing a fine job.
I am a student and preparing for my exams, your English videos are really helping. I am trying to follow most of your lectures . Its only that I have some problems with phrasal verbs, how to memorize all their meanings.

Tuesday, June 29th 2010

hi james
ur teaching is really great especially the jokes inbetween.k here i am , i feel hard while reporting so pls send me t procedure of it wit some examples

Thursday, July 15th 2010

I am very happy with your lesson thanks.

Thursday, July 15th 2010

Hi James!I wanna say that your lessons is very usefull not only for me but also enoyher people who learn English.Thank you very much!!Ta ta for now

Saturday, July 17th 2010

and buy the way the avatar don’t look like me)however it’s funny:)

Saturday, July 17th 2010

How do you say/write it: a RN or an RN?

Saturday, July 17th 2010

    I think it is “an” because the letter “R” starts with a vowel sound

    Monday, August 22nd 2016

I’m confused when I use a or an…with a vowel and consonants that sounds like the opposite. Which one is grammatically correct: a RN or an RN?

Saturday, July 17th 2010

If a word begins with a consonant letter, but sounds like a vowel, the article an should be used; an RN like in an hour. e.g. I waited for an hour.

I hope it helps.

Hi James, good teaching. Thanks.

Friday, July 23rd 2010

Hello James, your lesson is really understandable. Thanks. :)

By the way, I have a question about Articles. The other day, I was reading news paper and I found out one sentence, television, the Internet, the telephone. Why is there no the for television??? Why two of them got the while the other does not?? Please, let me know.



Saturday, July 24th 2010

hi James’
what article do i use before the word Ear. i’m confused as the word starts with a vowel but does it take the vowel sound.
please answer this quickly. i’ve my exams following.
sorry to burden you.



Wednesday, August 18th 2010

I was nice lesson to me JAMES. can i have the more examples on it.
is it right.
Thanks to you with all my heart.

Tuesday, August 24th 2010


Saturday, October 2nd 2010

hi James, i have a question:
why we don’t say :”there is the book on the table” or “there is the book on a table”

Friday, October 29th 2010


Tuesday, November 9th 2010

how exactly is “the” used? for example, what is the diferrence between these two sentences….1.doubt is the key to knowledge.AND
2.doubt is a key to knowledge?

Monday, November 15th 2010

Very good explanations James…

Could you tell me how can I know if the article “The” has to be or has to be omitted in a phrase?

Thanks in advance

Wednesday, November 17th 2010

thanks james i realy understand

Thursday, November 18th 2010

I really like the way you explained on this topic.You are a great teacher James.

Monday, November 29th 2010

I am hoping you will continue sharing of all the knowledge you gained because this is very helpful not only to me but to all viewers of your website..Thank you to all teachers shared their ideas especially to you teacher James.

Monday, November 29th 2010

thannks alot for these perfect video , and your way of teaching was very good an i like it

Wednesday, December 1st 2010

i like this lesson butbi donot find the quize

Wednesday, December 1st 2010

I like your vedios. it helps me lot in my exams and in conversation.I have problems with SUBORDINATORS AND TRANSITION WORDS.If possible for u please give me some idia about that. I will be very thankfull for that my exam is on next monday.

Monday, December 6th 2010

You made a mistake with your sentence: “everyone knows what your talking about.” It should be “everyone knows what YOU’RE talking about. I think you are a good teacher but you have to be careful next time. :).. no offense meant. I like your teaching method by the way.. :)

Saturday, December 11th 2010

    Yup, I agree. Be careful, James!

    Saturday, December 11th 2010

hi James, I just signed up. Appreciate your time helping people to improve their language. I kind of speak very good english but I still need help :(. I always use find it difficult using articles although I understand the basic rule how and when to use them. However, I found it difficult in a bigger sentence such as “.. its impact on sanitation, the spread of diseases, the distraction of infrastructure…”. Do you the THE used in this sentence in two places is correct? Please could you explain. Thank you so much. Look forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, December 11th 2010

I appreciate all your lectures. very informative..
Please explain there is and there are in relation to countable and uncountable nouns..

Wednesday, December 15th 2010

great video

Monday, December 27th 2010

i need to learn good english

Wednesday, December 29th 2010

Hi James,

I would greatly appreciate if you help me with the following:
‘In history’ – We use zero article, because noun is uncountable and non-specific.
‘In United states history’ – In this case noun is specific for me and i don’t understand why i can’t use ‘the’ article.
Thanks in advance.

Wednesday, January 5th 2011

Hello sir why we are not using an in the word university. Need a clear explanation if possible.keep up the good work.

Thursday, January 27th 2011

Hello sir why we are not using an in the word university. Need a clear explanation if possible.keep up the good work. sir also you did not said about what is an article

Thursday, January 27th 2011

Hi James thanks a lot for your lessons, could you please tell me when to use article the and when to do not do it, I will appreciate your help as soon as possible,

Thanks : )

Sunday, February 6th 2011

hi james could help me about modal futuer and modal conclusions thanks:I will appreciay you !

Tuesday, February 15th 2011

Thank you very much,, This very useful to me^^

Friday, February 18th 2011

which article will be used

Kashmir is a/the beautiful place.

Saturday, February 19th 2011

Hi, Magda
Is there any mistake in this sentence?
On 26th of this month my the whole family is going to celebrate the new baby’s birthday of my sister.
I’m talking with someone who knows the matter. Thanks in advance.

Saturday, February 26th 2011

It was a very nice lesson, but how can we use them in writing?

Monday, February 28th 2011

To Magda
I am not expert in English but I saw some mistakes on your sentences.
This is just my opinion: After ‘my’ you should not use ‘the’ article and also ‘whole’ should come front of ‘my family’

Monday, March 14th 2011

    Hi Ganaa,

    Thank you for your comment.


    Thursday, March 17th 2011

Hi Jame you are so great!thankyou for your wonderful lessons!

Monday, March 14th 2011

Oh, I’d like to have a test after the lesson about articles!!!

Friday, March 18th 2011

Hi, why we use plural verb form after “A number of” and singular verb form after “The number of”. explain please

Tuesday, March 29th 2011

sometimes, we don’t use articles at all. When we do that?
It was a great lesson, by the way!!!

Thursday, March 31st 2011

i need to learn excellent english, could u help me?

Wednesday, April 27th 2011

The constrast on the board was too bad. I did not get rady what you wrote on the board. I sugest you do the class again uing better pen or reducing the light

Sunday, May 1st 2011

thank you,
these lessons really helps me! :)

Saturday, May 21st 2011

Hi James,
I have doubt whether I should use or not definite article in next example:
Have you ever seen ___ Everest?
Thanks in advance

Tuesday, May 24th 2011

In my language, Khmer, we don’t use article. Thanks for this article lesson, James.

Wednesday, June 1st 2011

thank for your lesson !! :))

Wednesday, June 8th 2011

Hi James,
can I ask you
how to know whether the sentence refers to what is the first time shows?

Friday, June 10th 2011

Hi James,

I likeed your lesson!

Jeff (from recife city in Brazil)

Friday, June 17th 2011

hi James
why we do not use ‘the’ before Asia
when we say
I am living in Asia
Asia is specific n known all over the world
and why do we use the when we say
I am living in the continent of Asia

Sunday, June 19th 2011

hi James, thanks for helpful lesson, and how about other cases of usage?
Thanks. Marina, Russia, Vladivostok

Tuesday, June 28th 2011

hi james, thanks for this lesson

Friday, July 8th 2011

it’s helpful. thanks~

Wednesday, July 13th 2011

Good Video. Thanks.

Tuesday, July 19th 2011

thank you @james:This was a great lesson.

Tuesday, July 19th 2011

Thanks a lot Teacher James. I love your accent, you are very clear and I really appreciate your help. Thanks since Guatemala

Thursday, July 28th 2011

please try to use a fresh marker next time
other wise it was fantastic

Wednesday, August 3rd 2011

Thank you for your teaching….

Friday, August 5th 2011

Thanks for ur passion James!!

Sunday, August 14th 2011

I was reading an English book and I have a question, can I say “AN MP3 PLAYER?”…why? ..the other question, is correct to say ” These are an umbrella and a dictionary?…

Sunday, August 21st 2011


Monday, August 29th 2011

i dont know hoe to use these articles,i mean where a will com,and AN,the…could you explain it

Friday, September 2nd 2011

I still don’t know how to use the articles a and an, I’m confused, any help.

Saturday, September 3rd 2011


Sunday, September 11th 2011

As usual greet.

Friday, September 16th 2011

Thank you alot 8)

Friday, September 16th 2011

I just want to learn more English, but I’m a bit more concerned about learning IELTS. Please get me know everything regarding this. THANK YOU

Sunday, September 25th 2011

hay james Is it possible to say an european?

Saturday, October 1st 2011

Hi i learned a lot after watching your videos. This is really a big help for me… can i ask your skype.. :)

Saturday, October 8th 2011

Thank you very much ..:)

Friday, October 14th 2011

hi james first of all i would like to thank you i am 16 years old
mmm my english is verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry very very bad i have problems in present past future simple… and also i have problems in conversation with others soooooo i need help please;(

Sunday, October 16th 2011

Hi James,
first I wanna thank you for all your valuable video lessons. These articles have been haunting me and I thought it was time that I needed an expert’s help. When it comes to articles, it seems like everyone talks about general and specific things. I no longer have problems with them. But it seems like they are pretty often used regardless of those rules.
For example
1)the water vs water

2) get in line!! vs hold the line!

I assume that the best thing I can do with them
is to just memorize them but I am wondering if
you have any other idea to make it any easier.
thank you

Monday, October 17th 2011

hi James, I am chaminda from sri lanka Going to seat for IELTS General Exam in Next Month help me for Writing and Reading Module and How to Prepare for IELTS good Marks. Give me Your Opinions & advice Please help me

Sunday, October 23rd 2011

Hi , James , I want to ask of you. can you give us some paragraphs for this subject? and can you write all example in the blackboard? please, James, you are awesome teacher and you are awesome teachers in this world. thank you very much for help.

Tuesday, October 25th 2011

Hi James.May i have your skype id plz if possible.Realy i like your teaching techniques and style

Tuesday, October 25th 2011

u cool. i like ur lessons.
P.S. as i know flyers is a hockey team,isnt it? lol thanks

Monday, October 31st 2011

its such a nice artical i really appreciate your effort thanx ….

Wednesday, November 2nd 2011

Hi. me again. i know there’s a lot of comments flooding in and you’re probably busy answering some but just like others i’m confused. someone told me the difference between “the”(pronounced as duh) and “the” (pronounce as deeh) depends on the first letter of the next word. example.
– the (deeh) elephant is old.
– the (duh) food is expired.

is this right? again, thanks for the help.

Saturday, November 5th 2011

He makes a mistake on his reference to the Flyers as a baseball team, but as teaching it is 9.5 out of 10. He explains it better than I can, and I have been teaching this or trying to for 30+ yrs!

Thursday, November 10th 2011

thanks james

Tuesday, November 22nd 2011

Hi James,
I teach English in a secondary school in Toulouse, France.
I like the way you explain the present simple. Do you do the same thing with the present be-ing and the present perfect ?
About “the article”, could you tell me, how do you explain “what a beautiful day”. Thanks.
Best regards

Sunday, December 11th 2011

also want o learn english

Friday, December 16th 2011

Hi James,

My teacher told me that I can use “the” for plural. Is it correct?
I’m not sure. When do I use “an”?
I use “an” when the words begin with the “vowel”.
Why do we use “a” for European or University? When do I use “a” instead “an” for the words begin with the vowels sound?
Thank you so much :)

Wednesday, December 28th 2011

    because european and university are not begin with vowel

    Friday, May 18th 2012

Hi James, this website and the lessons presented by you and other teachers have helped me to improve my grammar. I would like to request you to explain the use of ‘THE’ where required and not required with some examples that would help remember. Thanks!

Saturday, January 14th 2012

Hey, James, I think your teaching way is different from the other one. I like your style! Little suggestion: I think you have to make a quiz in your vid!

Sunday, January 15th 2012

I noticed you wrote in one sentence “Everybody knows what YOUR talking about” and in other “Everbody knows what you are talking about”.What is the difference between YOUR and YOU ARE here ? :S

Monday, January 23rd 2012

I have noticed you wrote in one sentence “Everybody knows what YOUR talking about” and in other “Everybody knows what YOU ARE alking about”.What is the difference between YOUR and YOU ARE here ? :S

Tuesday, January 24th 2012

    :S “your” was a typo! It should be “you are” or “you’re”.

    Wednesday, January 25th 2012

i am not able to understand a, an , hte

Wednesday, January 25th 2012

I recently read somewhere that we can’t use an article before an adjective if the adjective is followed by a abstract noun…how far is this correct…any exceptions to this rule…?
e.g. A great misrey resented upon them.
OR Great misery resented upon them.

Thursday, January 26th 2012

Can i say?

Where is the pen?
if i want to find MY pen.
Where is a pen?
if i want to find ANY pen.

Monday, February 6th 2012

hello sir i hope you’re fine .i want just to know why we can say : i live in the united states .however we can’t say i live in the algeria .what is the difference between the two ?.thank you

Thursday, February 9th 2012

Thank you too much teacher James,

You are a good man.

Sunday, February 12th 2012

hey man?nice lesson

Sunday, February 12th 2012

Thanks James you this lesson Really Help Me :D

Tuesday, February 21st 2012

What kind of article do I have to use before the plural nouns?Thanks in advance!

Sunday, February 26th 2012

hi James,
I still confuse when to use ‘a’ and ‘the’. if i said that past tense more prefer to use ‘a’, is it correct ? example ; He ate a bowl of rice yesterday. My mother gave me a doll yesterday. And what about L-license ? why must to use an L-license ?

Wednesday, February 29th 2012

Hi everyone,

Our teacher gave us this site and I am very happy to listen and learn from James’s vidio. Thank to you! Articles a bit confusing and I am trying to understand them well :)

Friday, March 9th 2012


Friday, March 9th 2012

Mr. James thank you very much

this vedio is really helpful

Saturday, March 10th 2012

We are a student.
We are students.
Which one is the correct sentence.

Thursday, March 15th 2012

How to use “The” or “a” When we are talking about Group, Company or Team. Can we consider them as a singular noun and use them?

Tuesday, March 20th 2012

good job my dear

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

ı really,ı want to learn English.But how??
please help me…

Saturday, March 31st 2012

how con i use a ,an ,on,inthe,and with

Sunday, April 1st 2012

HI James
when i try to open these video
it’s show “This video is currently unavailable”. why?

Sunday, April 1st 2012

i need learning English please help me

Monday, April 2nd 2012

I used to be recommended this website through my cousin. I am not certain whether this put up is written via him as nobody else realize such distinct about my difficulty. You’re wonderful! Thank you!

Wednesday, April 4th 2012


Sunday, April 8th 2012

This is awesome ! :D

Sunday, April 15th 2012

a cat is an animal: indefinite, non-specific
I was bitten by a big cat last night: Indefinite article, specific (not any cat)
The cat that bit me last night was big: Definite article, specific object.
The rule that says first time you should say ‘a’, and second time ‘the’ is not correct, as you can use the indefinite article for specific things. ‘I saw a great guitar last night’ indefinite. specific.
‘the guitar I saw last night was great’ definite and specific. Get it? we can use ‘a’ for specific objects. Understand that and you have come a long way to cracking the articles.

Tuesday, April 24th 2012

Hi James,Best description about Article.Thanks

Monday, April 30th 2012

hi james ,could you please explain report speech .
thank you

Wednesday, May 16th 2012

Hi, could You explain me please “what seems to be THE or A problem?” Which is grammatically correct, because we can use “A” as, for example, i do not know what kind of problem it is. And we can use “THE” as it can be specific thing. Google says that only “THE” will be correct in any case. Is it so? Thank You!

Saturday, May 19th 2012

hi,in my essay written about the cons and pros of an iPad,my professor said that I don’t need any article before “iPad”, why?

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

Hello James,

My name is Milos and am a Serbian. I’ve been in the States for three years. I like watching your videos, you guys are really doing a great job! I have a question about this video. At some point you wrote: “Everyone knows what your talking about”. The keyword is “your”. I know that contraction for “you are” is “you’re” but till now I thought that “your” as a contraction for “you are” is a grammar mistake. I guess this is just another acceptable contraction in a written English. How about official written English and business English?

Thank you,

Saturday, June 9th 2012

Hello James, that video was fantastic. I really like the way you teach english, i’m a student english and this page is a Goldmine for me !

Sunday, June 10th 2012

Hello James,

My name is Milos and am a Serbian. I’ve been in the States for three years. I like watching your videos. You guys are doing a really good job!

I have a question about this video. At some point you wrote: “Everyone knows what your talking about”. Can you please tell me why you used “your” instead of “you are” or the contraction “you’re”.

Thank you,
I look forward to your response

Sunday, June 10th 2012

HI, I have question about gender nouns. Is there any grammatical explanation for identifying neuter, masculine or feminine nouns? I know some nouns which are easy to know what types of nouns they are related to. For example, actor and actress ( masculine; feminine). But how to identify the type of other nouns? Thanks in advance!!

Tuesday, June 19th 2012

Hi James,

I appreciate you taking time out of your day, to assist those who are diving into English.

I do have a quick question, and it cold have been a slight oversight on your behalf.

You mentioned at the beginning of the lesson that a, and the are used in the case of singular items/object. However, the can be used with singular & plural.

Besides that, good lesson. Take care!

Wednesday, June 20th 2012

please help me with the usageof “the” and “thee”(the)…

Monday, June 25th 2012

hi! can you tell me what’s proper, “may we ask for an immediate repair or may we ask for immediate repair

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012

im are a student.
thanks for your

Saturday, July 14th 2012

hi i need the article elephant management in spanish

Tuesday, July 24th 2012

hi James thank you v much this is great way to teach

Friday, July 27th 2012

it was nice watching this session :)Thank u Jame for your teaching.

Wednesday, August 1st 2012

Hai James . i saw your article session its good , but i need more about the usage of a and an .

Tuesday, August 7th 2012

Where is quiz for this lession? I really like this lecture~

Saturday, August 11th 2012

please help me how to speak and write good english

Wednesday, August 15th 2012

Thanks , could any of the people here can help me by doing periodic voice chat through skype or any other media to imptove our listening and englinsh speaking , my skype is. mohammed.unaros Thanks.

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012

i am having a exam tomorrow and the exam is an ‘o’ level exam, how can i improve my English to at least pass my composition writing?

Tuesday, September 4th 2012

Thank You for lesson.

Sunday, September 9th 2012

Helpful lesson. Thank you.

Monday, September 10th 2012

thanks for you all

Friday, September 14th 2012

Thank you James,I had a wonderful time listening to your video….it was really awesome and informative….Thank you so much once again….

Wednesday, September 19th 2012

the water temperature in the tank or water temperature in the tank? (I mentions the tank before)

Friday, October 5th 2012

I leave my mail if I want to know

Wednesday, October 17th 2012

Hi James,

Thanks for your teaching. My question is when we use without a/an or the. For example, when I’m talking about education system, I’m hesitated to use the or without ‘the’ education system.


Thursday, October 18th 2012

thank you

Sunday, October 28th 2012

Hello sir,
Please tell me where article “The” should not be used.


Tuesday, November 27th 2012

Hi james :
I’m sorry .I don’t understand one part .
when we use (a) and (an) i am confused

thank u
your student : khaled

Thursday, November 29th 2012

    same here! :(

    Friday, January 18th 2013

That’s how teacher’s should teach….awesome sir….
please tell me the exceptional cases where ‘the’ should not be used.
Thank you!!!

Thursday, November 29th 2012

useful! let,s talk in english on skype adrian.cb

Tuesday, December 4th 2012

i like this guy . he’s so cool

Tuesday, December 18th 2012

sir,i have to learn about would,how to use it,

Sunday, December 23rd 2012

Teacher, Where is “the” quiz?

Wednesday, December 26th 2012


Monday, December 31st 2012

Please! Help me to fix this grammar.
In connection with this, the computer technology is free from hassle and a manual system is becoming automated system that correspond the need of the people.

Sunday, January 6th 2013

that’s very useful,thank you too much :-)

Friday, January 11th 2013

hi james i want 2 ask a doubt on the usage of ‘the’ word ( ‘the’ is not used in front of words like school,office etc but we use sentence like ‘she went to the office’ like that hear we using ‘the’ in front of words like office why we using ‘the’ in front of the ward like office why

Thursday, January 17th 2013

Thanks alot

Friday, January 18th 2013

I am still having problems using “an”. Can your explanation focus more in using “an” in a sentence. Thank you. :)

Friday, January 18th 2013

thanks that was a good lesson about articles

Thursday, January 24th 2013

Hi James everything understood…nice explanation…thanks a lot

Thursday, January 24th 2013

Hi James, thank you for all your lessons:) They really helped me, but I have a question, why did you say “That was A good lesson”, instead of that was The good lesson? All people know what you were talking about and lesson is specific. Thank you.

Friday, January 25th 2013

Hey, could you please help me to check this following sentence.

My heart had told me to re-check what I have learned about math, but I hadn’t listened so I fault in my examination.

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

hello james.
will u help me..i want to learn english

Friday, February 1st 2013


Friday, February 1st 2013

Hi James,
First of all, thank you for creating this video.
No one, I repeat no one has ever simplified the usage of “the”.
My query: Financial analyst roles in ‘the’ market or Financial analyst roles in market?

Hope you’ll resolve my query at the earliest.

Sunday, February 3rd 2013

Let’s go to Dhaka for lunch on Friday.
Let’s go to Dhaka for lunch at Friday.
which one is correct

Tuesday, February 5th 2013

what is article?
use of article?

Friday, February 8th 2013

the lesson was very good and the teacer was excellent

Saturday, February 9th 2013

Hey ,
First of all i would like to thank for your help , you’re lesson was really useful . Second , I have a quistion . What about countable and non countable nouns , should we use articels with non countble nouns? what about ” advice” ?
please reply me :)
thank you a lot

Saturday, February 23rd 2013

    your lesson **

    Saturday, February 23rd 2013

Quiz please!!! hugs!

Thursday, March 7th 2013

Hi james, do we say a exercise book or an exercise book?

Thursday, March 7th 2013

thanks 4 the lesson :)

Thursday, March 21st 2013

Thank you James and !
I’d like people here to help me that I could not hear several words.
In the begining, James said that
Hi I’m James, I was just reading that philadelphia xxxxx. There are American xxxx team, they won a baseball game, in fact they won the biggest baseball game ever world series.

Please let me know them.thank you!

Friday, March 22nd 2013

very good!

Monday, March 25th 2013

thank you for the video

Tuesday, April 9th 2013

Thanks James^^

Wednesday, April 24th 2013

I am glad am here. I have a lot to learn here.

Wednesday, May 1st 2013

I am glad a to be here, I have learnt a lot here. Please ,Could you help me with lessons on parts of speech? Thanks.

Monday, May 6th 2013

Just saying Thanks here !

Wednesday, May 8th 2013

help me to learn english well pleasss

Sunday, June 2nd 2013

Hi James. I like your pedagogy. I am preparing for business school entry exams and there they check the student comprehensively. I have seen books explaining the usage of articles over 4-5 pages. It explains to use “the” before this and not before that. Like use before rivers but not before lakes. What’s that all about? Is it more about our understanding or we need to learn it all?

Monday, June 17th 2013

James hi,I’m in tention plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me my bigggg problem is spell I can’t spell the spellings plzzzzz teach me my exam is on 26 of June 2013 plz help me

Monday, June 17th 2013

Thanks for the lesson, I have started with this classes and I promise are very interesting

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

Thanks for the tip!!!

Thursday, June 20th 2013

sir,give us more quiz……..for practice? suggest any book for practice? plz
reply must

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Great, thank you!

Friday, July 26th 2013

Thank you very much.

Wednesday, August 7th 2013


Sunday, August 18th 2013

thank you very much. this very informative.

Thursday, September 5th 2013

thank you very much. this is very informative.

Thursday, September 5th 2013

thank you very : )

Tuesday, September 17th 2013

i want to learn more

Wednesday, September 18th 2013

To create an appointment in Microsoft Exchange Server.

Is article required before Microsoft Exchange Server in above sentence for U.S. writing?

Thursday, September 19th 2013

    Nope! When you’re talking about apps/computer programs, you don’t need to use “the”. “Open the file in Photoshop”, “We talked over Skype”, “Try downloading Firefox”, etc.

    Thursday, September 19th 2013

Good lesson

Saturday, September 28th 2013

hi, James.
the word student, goes with a or an?
thank u

Friday, October 4th 2013

hi james im struggling with grammer im not learning anything i took esl class 6 times i don’t knoe what should i do my teacher tells me i have alot of mistakes in writing in college

Tuesday, October 8th 2013

very useful

Thursday, October 10th 2013


Monday, October 14th 2013

Firstly thank you very much for teaching!
Please explain why we use “an FM radio” not “a FM radio”, or “an PM” but “a PM”?

Wednesday, October 16th 2013

    Because we say each letter for “FM” and “PM”, so it sounds like “eff em” and “pee em”. So “FM” starts with a vowel sound — the “e” — and so we use “an”.

    Thursday, October 17th 2013

Thanks a lot.

Monday, November 4th 2013

thnx alot james

Tuesday, November 5th 2013

thank you !!

Sunday, November 10th 2013

Hi friend, I want to drink a glass of wine but i don’t know which of the of the wines i like more.

Wednesday, November 20th 2013

Hi Mr.James.I am Sri Harsha.I want to know whether an article is used before proper nouns or not.

Thursday, November 21st 2013

Hi James :)
I did not understand WHAT you talked about the article “an”. Can you explain to me, please! I still can not quite understand when people talk in english.

Thanks! :)))

Saturday, November 30th 2013

Hi James
can you give me the right answer of this question:
*fill the space using ( a/ an/the /no article )…?
1-she took ——-sandwich and ——–piece of cake , but she didn’t eat ——–cake
#I think that the first space is (a), the second is ( a )and the third is (the)
* thanks*

Saturday, December 7th 2013

Hello James,
Are there any exercises here on your website related to your lesson? It has been very useful for me, better than any other grammar book I use for teaching English to my Italian students! Thanks in advance for your reply. bye

Saturday, December 7th 2013

Hi james
Why not there a quiz for your lessons??

Thursday, January 16th 2014

    A few of the lessons don’t have quizzes!

    Friday, January 17th 2014

Hi James, thank you for this lesson. I don’t understand which article I have to use before Peugeot,Citroen, BMW …
Thank you for your answer

Tuesday, March 11th 2014

nice lession

Wednesday, March 12th 2014

Good lesson i like it

Friday, March 14th 2014

Daniel gave a coconut to (the) elephant

the above one is correct or not. Or before elephant (an) should be used?

Monday, March 31st 2014

Hi James,
thanks a lot for your lesson

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

Hi James,

I’d like to thank you for your job here. It has been helping quite a lot all of us that need or want to learn english the right way. I have a question to you. University and European have you/your sound. Are these the only exception in usage of an?

Sunday, April 20th 2014

why should we use “a” before university, union and europe?

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

Sir why did you said “a lesson” in the end since you and i both knew about which lesson you were talking about.

Wednesday, April 30th 2014


Sunday, May 18th 2014

Thanks James =D I got it….

Tuesday, May 20th 2014

Thank you for your teachng

Monday, June 2nd 2014

thank you very much for this lesson. I’m looking for explanation regarding the choice between a or an before “h”. Is there any rule about it?

Monday, June 2nd 2014

thank you so much your great teacher

Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

you are the best teacher (Mr E) !!!

Saturday, July 12th 2014

James: You are my favorite ESL teacher, but there are a few problems with this lesson. First, “the” is used with singular AND plural nouns. For example: “The pens are in the desk.” Second, not an ESL problem, but I’m sure you know that the Philadelphia Flyers play hockey, not baseball. The Philadelphia Phillies play baseball.

Sunday, July 13th 2014

The third lesson is good, thanks James.

Tuesday, July 15th 2014

Thank you.

Saturday, August 2nd 2014

please explain where not to use articles.

Thursday, August 21st 2014

A and an for general things.
An for vowels
A and an for not everyone knows what you talking about
The for specific and for everyone knows what I talking about .
Is this right ?

Wednesday, August 27th 2014

thank you so much . I know them but i have forgotten all this articles because here is nobody speak English

Sunday, August 31st 2014

thank you teacher James…^^

Friday, September 5th 2014

hi, James! Why did you say “it was A good lesson”? We all know what was you talking about, why didn’t you say “it was THE good lesson”? I can understand all of English tenses but articles are so hard for me((

Saturday, September 6th 2014

When can we use articles with plurals?

Saturday, September 6th 2014

[…] for information about the correct use of articles “a”/”an” (general nouns) […]

Tuesday, September 16th 2014

thanks James a lot ;) your lessons are very helpful and interesting – dont get bored wathing it

Thursday, October 2nd 2014

thank you for teach me sir

Sunday, November 16th 2014

a and an used for singular and the for singular and plural

Saturday, November 22nd 2014

thanks dear

Thursday, January 1st 2015

It was very usueful, thanks !

Friday, January 2nd 2015

Hi James! Thank you very much for your an English teacher for students from 8 to 12 is very helpful have your suggestions!I also have to say that I love your way to fool around! :-)

Thursday, January 29th 2015

This is very helpful

Saturday, February 7th 2015

‘a’ general things / everyone not knows
‘the’ specific things / everyone knows

Saturday, February 7th 2015

Thank you for this lesson teacher, you the beast.

Sunday, February 8th 2015

Hi james, thanks a lot for your classes, they are great. Im new here and I want to ask you why some native speakers pronounce the article ” the” a little different, when you say “the” the “e” word sounds like the “a” word in “apple” some people pronounce the “e” word like “ea” when you say “eagle”.I hope you understand my question. Thanks again for the lesson. Bye

Saturday, February 21st 2015

Thank you

Wednesday, March 11th 2015

Hi James

the light reflects off the blackboard and not seen what you write. thank you very much

Monday, March 16th 2015

Hi James !!! I look at your lessons with great pleasure, because you understand all the details and are explained !!! You can be attributed to one of the best teachers (as Roni Adam) on your site !!! Good luck James in your business !!!!! My assessment of your lesson 10/10!

Friday, March 27th 2015

hi can i find a frind who practice english with me online

Monday, March 30th 2015

hi James

I have a Query when we use Articles(a,an,the) what we will call it an adjective or something else?

Tuesday, April 7th 2015

I mean to say that which parts of speech is the Article.

Tuesday, April 7th 2015

thank you it is a good video

Tuesday, April 14th 2015

That lesson cleared up my mind! I love the way you teach, is so dinamic :)

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015

thank you

Sunday, April 26th 2015

Hi James! Thanks again for this awesome lesson. I greatly appreciate your efforts! Btw, I have a question about “the”. How to pronounce the word “the” if the next word begins with the vowel sound, like for example (1.Look at the igloo.) I’m looking forward to your reply. ;)

Friday, May 1st 2015

your classes in engVid are very cool ,excellent

Friday, May 22nd 2015

James you are awesome.thanks alot

Friday, June 26th 2015

thank you *_*

Wednesday, July 1st 2015

    Salam juud al7rby

    Can i use wahid muwanas isme ishara for jama salim of ghair aqil in Arabic language?

    Saturday, July 4th 2015

thank you :)

Friday, July 24th 2015

Hey were is the quizz.

Friday, August 7th 2015

    Hi, sandra.e
    Few video in this site don`t have quizzes)

    Monday, August 10th 2015

You are te best thank You some much!!

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015

Hi James, great class. I would like to know others exception rules for use the article a, for example: a university, a european, a…?

Thank you for your colaboration

Sunday, September 27th 2015

thank you *_*

Monday, September 28th 2015

thanks man

Tuesday, October 6th 2015

very well

Tuesday, January 12th 2016

HI JAMES you’r great teacher

Saturday, January 16th 2016

Thanks James. thanks for your explanation.

Sunday, January 31st 2016

Thank you sir, it was helpful.

Sunday, January 31st 2016

Thanks for video

Sunday, February 21st 2016

It was a useful point. Thanks.

Friday, February 26th 2016

Hi James ,
What is the correct sentence:
-James is a general manager.
Or James is the general manager.
Please help me

Monday, March 14th 2016

    James is a general manager.

    Tuesday, April 5th 2016

What about exception like “University”. People usually say “a” instead of “an”

Monday, March 28th 2016

Thank you! Have you got a forum? I’ve got many questions about articles. For example: Where is the theatre? or Where is a theatre?

Tuesday, April 5th 2016


Tuesday, May 17th 2016

This was a good lesson

Tuesday, May 24th 2016

Hello James. Thanks for development everyone person in study English.

Saturday, June 18th 2016

you can not use articles for plurals and uncountable nouns but, we could use “the” with uncountable nouns
Am I right ?

Thursday, July 14th 2016

hye james, help me to explain this. i got this phrase wrong.
> I’d rather live in the country than in
the town.
corrected answer is :-
> I’d rather live in the country than in
a town.

Friday, July 22nd 2016

Hi! Thank you for grammar lesson. I know that you are trying to do better your lessons, but for me this video seems too easy. Could you make some exceptions for Articles, as I have some douts in using Article in some cases.

Saturday, August 6th 2016

hii James,
I’m weak in IELTS tasks 2 as well as grammar. how can i improve it? could you please give me any tips.

Monday, August 29th 2016

Thanks James!!!!

Tuesday, August 30th 2016

You´re a very good teacher.

Thursday, October 27th 2016

Thanks James!

Saturday, October 29th 2016

It’s a good choice to know and remember how to use the article in English. Thanks.

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

James correct me if isnt true we use an for vowel sound

Sunday, November 20th 2016

sir i have a question that is
sorry,i……….reach here earlier because of the traffic on the highway.
use model , i am thinking that it should be would not but the answer in book is could not.

Monday, November 28th 2016

thank you very much, this was a very helpfull lesson

Sunday, January 15th 2017

thank you James you good teacher

Monday, January 23rd 2017

Hi James, thank you for the above lecture. Your teaching style is so simple and understandable.

Saturday, January 28th 2017

Good day! I would be very grateful, if will help to understand the articles. Why in the sentence “The activities of our company in the design, construction and operation of mountain-ski complex facilities are aimed at the discharge of the obligations set forth in the environmental policy” before design, construction and operation, discharge, obligations,environmental policy is the definite article? I think that the article before the above words are necessary in order to indicate that these words are nouns, and not other parts of speech (e.g., verbs), but why is used the definite article? And another question, is it always in front of the enumerations, such as “in the design, construction and operation of” article indicated only before the first of the enumerated words? Thank you in advance for your help!

Saturday, February 25th 2017

Which one is correct?
I am going to hospital or I am going to the hospital

Thursday, March 30th 2017

    I am going to hospital

    Wednesday, April 26th 2017

Dude, that’s not a pen, it’s a whiteboard marker.

Sunday, April 2nd 2017

is there a quick quiz for articles ??

Monday, April 10th 2017

Very good and simple explanation,Now I can improve english grammar again!!

Friday, April 14th 2017

I need to learn english to very good.

Saturday, April 15th 2017

Tmanks James!! that is fantastic lesson . so you reminded me when I taught this lesson at my school for the 3rd level .

Wednesday, April 26th 2017

Thank you James so much.

Monday, May 8th 2017

Hi James!

If you were my teacher, I’m an amazing English speaker. I like the way how you teach, and you’re funny no one gets bored in your lessons.

Appreciate your help James. Hope to chat with you.

God Bless….

Friday, May 12th 2017

Thank you James

Tuesday, July 18th 2017

thank you very much your explanation was pretty helpful.but i have question
how many articles English language does it have are they only two or three
i mean a,an,the usage of middle one is different that one work withe (a,i,o,u,e) am i right ?

Monday, July 24th 2017

Thank you teacher very useful lesson

Monday, August 7th 2017


Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Hi James, I need your help. I have some questions like is correct to say: 1. A robot at Stanford University has used tools to successfully assemble a bookcase.
2.A robot at Stanford University has used tools to successfully assemble the bookcase.
3.The robot at Stanford University has used tools to successfully assemble the bookcase.
4.The robot at Stanford University has used tools to successfully assemble a bookcase.

Sunday, August 27th 2017

Hello James,
Thank you for the lesson!

Sunday, September 10th 2017

thanks a lot

Friday, September 29th 2017

I dot understand when I use AN…

Wednesday, October 11th 2017

james why you don’t let a quiz

Friday, October 13th 2017

You are a great man. When can I watch a new video on your website?

Monday, October 23rd 2017

Thank you a lot!

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018


Thursday, January 25th 2018

I hope i can speak eng properly

Tuesday, February 20th 2018

i’m confusing
with the sentences i’m going to home or i’m going home.because i learnt from ronnie.

Saturday, February 24th 2018

I have never heard about that thing, that article “a” is used with word University , I was sure that “an” is right :)
Thank You !

Wednesday, March 14th 2018

Hi James,I really love your video :)). But my english is not good and I want to ask you how to improve it. And how to learn it. Thanks so much.

Tuesday, August 14th 2018

Leave one

Tuesday, December 11th 2018

Thank you, James!

Wednesday, December 12th 2018

SIr, Also appreciate if you could explain how to use words such as little, small in a proper way( please correct me if the way of asking the question is incorrect )

Wednesday, December 12th 2018

Monkeys live on or in trees?

Tuesday, January 22nd 2019

Hello, you said that a and the are use for singular things but sometimes i see forms like this”the words, the favourites”. And i dont understand it. Can you explain?

Wednesday, March 6th 2019

awesome tutorial.

Tuesday, March 26th 2019

Hi Jame, May i ask you? should i learn the words first or grammer first ? thank for yours reply!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 17th 2019

Thank you!

Sunday, June 16th 2019

This clip is very beneficial!. Thank you :D.

Friday, June 28th 2019

we need to know more about articles specially the

Thursday, October 3rd 2019

Finally after really long time, I understood it.
Thank you very much, James!!!

Tuesday, October 15th 2019

need more details in an

Wednesday, December 11th 2019

Nice lesson

Sunday, December 29th 2019

Good jod

Sunday, December 29th 2019


Saturday, April 18th 2020

Hi James, thank you for lesson , please what are the plural verbs?

Sunday, May 10th 2020

Hi James thank you for lesson please what are the plural verbs?

Sunday, May 10th 2020

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