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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.
Did you see Rick __________ night?

Why haven't you called me since __________ Friday? It has been five days!

Did you see __________ episode of Game of Thrones?

I can't wait for __________ weekend. We are going to see the new X-Men movie on opening day.

I hope __________ Star Wars movie turns out even better than the others.

I lived and worked in Australia for a whole year. _______ three months were the best because I got to travel around the country!

__________ week has been wonderful.

I talked to him __________ week.

I'll let you know __________ week.

I haven't seen him since __________ family reunion.


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107 Comments on “English Grammar: Using ‘THE’ before ‘NEXT’ & ‘LAST’”


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I really liked this video, thanks Alex for doing this great job, it was very educative.

See you!

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    Hello Alex. I have a question. Please please please answer me. I left a comment in your previous lesson, but you didn’t reply. Please answer to my question in this one.
    What does jaws mean in this sentence:
    …by the bloodthirsty jaws.
    I appreciate if you answer.

    Saturday, June 24th 2017

      Jaws can refer to teeth in some fiction, but it’s specifically this part of the mouth: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ed/Human_jawbone_left.jpg/1200px-Human_jawbone_left.jpg

      Sunday, June 25th 2017

        Thank you so so so so much.

        Sunday, June 25th 2017

      This error is very common among Spanish speakers; we use the article practically without any restrinctions.

      In my student’s days, I used to say goodbye to my English teachers using the phrase “See you THE next class”. I was corrected, but never told why I was wrong; I learned the hard way, so to speak.

      It’s important to know the sources of your errors. By so doing, you are more aware of the workings of the language.

      Marvelous video lesson Adam!
      Looking forward to your NEXT video Adam.

      Sunday, June 25th 2017

    Thanks for checking it out. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

i got it all correct. Thank you Alex.

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    My pleasure. Thanks for studying with me, and good luck.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Thanks mr.Alex. You are the best!!! ))

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    Any time. Thanks for clicking, Tr0yan.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Thank you Alex!!Nice and interesting!!
See you in the next lesson ;)

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    You got it, superstar. See you there.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Thank you Alex, see you next class!

Saturday, June 24th 2017

Hey, Alex!
Your lessons are so helpful.
Thank you.

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    No problem. Thanks for studying, and good luck!

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

yes, the comments are here bellow :)

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    For now.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Just one question:
– Last month has been amazing!! (it´s June now, that means last month was May)
– The last month has been amazing!!! (it´s the 24th of June today, so the last month was from 24th of May up to today).
Why aren´t both correct???Is it because in the first example the simple past must be used???
(this question is related to question number 7 of the quiz).
Thanks!

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    You got it. You can’t use the present perfect with the first example because it’s a finished month in the past and doesn’t relate to the present.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

thanks. it’s 90

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    Nice job! Keep up the good work.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Hi Alex ,
Thank you so much for your teaching .I got it .

Saturday, June 24th 2017

i got 100 , thank you so much ALEX i like your interessting , easy and useful lessons which help me a lot in order to learn english

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    I’m glad to hear that. Thanks for checking them out.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Tx Alex, awesome class!

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    No prob. I’m glad you liked it.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Thank you mr Alex you are a best teacher

Saturday, June 24th 2017

Thanks Alex for this lesosn..

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    Any time. Tell your friends. Haha.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Thank you. As usual very clear explanation. You are the best teacher here.

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    You’re very kind. Thank you.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Hey, Alex! thank you.

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    You’re very welcome, tati!

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Believe me when I say that I tell everybody about Engvid, this powerful and stimulating resource.
But – alas! – few of them come back to me saying something about their experience, so I suppose that they are deeply and definitely lazy: always ready to complain about any difficulty, but never oriented to make serious efforts to improve their condition (in this case, in order to obtain a better knowledge of a language).
Thank you once again Alex, see you next time.

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    Any time, Canardo. You have the right attitude. Thanks for not asking “How can I improve my English?” :)

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

hey alex thanks..and plz.. put some video about reporting speech

Saturday, June 24th 2017

Hey can anyone tell me where to start as I want to cover all of the content in engvid from beginner to advance and from each and every teacher can anyone give me a tidy order of where to start from engvid

Saturday, June 24th 2017

Not very easy lesson but interesting. The questionary has been a little confused because sometimes you have to guess if it’s a single or a group of things, time is the thing but I will continue to the inquiry on this topic. Thanks a lot, teacher Alex, a very important review about this “the” before “next” or “last”.

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    Not a problem. It takes time, and the more often you hear it in other contexts, the more natural it will become.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

      Hey can anyone tell me where to start as I want to cover all of the content in engvid from beginner to advance and from each and every teacher can anyone give me a tidy order of where to start from engvid

      Sunday, June 25th 2017

Hey Alex! That’s a great and very informative video, but there is still one thing I was hoping you would talk about.

What is the difference between

“THE last week has been terrible.”
and
“THIS last/past week has been terrible”?

If they mean the same thing, can they be used interchangeably or is one more casual than the other?

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    They’re interchangeable, although I’d stick with “This past week” instead of “This last week” in your second example.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Thanks Alex! It is really great lesson.

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    “It is a really great lesson.”

    Thanks for your feedback, isak.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

You did a great lesson

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    Thank you. I appreciate that.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

Thanks a lot, Alex. We are lucky to have an English teacher like you on the internet. Bye!

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    I’m equally lucky to have so many regular students who keep coming back and improving.

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

sir ım bad ın english how u can help me

Saturday, June 24th 2017

not bad, 90 .. thanks very much teacher for this lesson

Saturday, June 24th 2017

I was learned the last taught by Alex, so next time I have to be waiting for new video lesson by Alex.

Saturday, June 24th 2017

    “I learned” is the correct form to start your sentence here, and don’t forget the article “a” in the phrase “a new video.”

    Sunday, June 25th 2017

This lesson was so useful to me…
Thank You sir..

But I do have one question which is not related to this lesson but I wanted you to do that lesson for all english learners for thos who really wanted to improve.,, That question is how to say or describe entire movie that I watched to someone..
Particularly how to describe people and what they talked and everything that they said in movie…

How you will describe to someone any movie that you watched recently?..

If you could really help me and all english learner to improve english then you can make video what I have described in this command…

Please make video as I felt which would be really helpful to everyone…

We owe you!!!

Thank You sir!!!

Saturday, June 24th 2017

Thanks for the great video. I got a question about today’s lesson. I got 9 out of 10, but still confused when it comes to number two and 10.

Why haven’t you called me since (last/the last) Friday?

In this one, I chose “the last”. Because I thought the sentence is present perfect.

But it was incorrect.

Number 10, I haven’t seen him since (the last, last) family reunion.

For this one, I got correct. Because I thought, as I told above, this sentence is a present perfect.

I am still confused, because in both sentences, they are finished with the prase “since” and one of two has to “last” and the other has to “the last”

Could you explain to me more specifically?

Sunday, June 25th 2017

Hi Alex,My favourite teacher in engvid
I have been always enjoying of ur all lessons so far…and certainly I keep watching and enjoying ur next videos…
But for Now I have a request if u mind….
Could u make some videos about some useful and common expressions that native English speakers (especially canadian) use in their daily conversation…
Thank in advanced..
hope to see u in person in Toronto..

Sunday, June 25th 2017

Hi, Alex. Thank you for that videolesson. It very useful for me.

Sunday, June 25th 2017

Hello~^^ I got 9 correct out of 10.
thank you. i have a friend of Australia.
but she talk to me “your english is small english”^^ I want to speack english very well.
thank you so much. this lesson is need for me.
have a nice day!!^^

Sunday, June 25th 2017

Thanks a lot. Even though I paid attention carefully, I just got a score of 70. I conclude that One has to pay attention every time native speakers use “the next” and “Next”

Sunday, June 25th 2017

Thank you. I appreciate that.

Monday, June 26th 2017

Hi Alex
first of all i want to thank you and your colleagues very much,you are cause of improve our language , i wonder could be i make a suggestion if can getting a kind of a sound for this essay in the top center of a page because we read it but i am not sure from our pronunciation properly or not .
thanks a lot .

Monday, June 26th 2017

I have a doubt on the question

Did you see(present tense), we are discussing about past tense as per my knowledge instead of see is it saw(past tense).

Did you saw Rick last night.

Am I right???? kindly revert me plz.

Monday, June 26th 2017

    Ur sentence is wrong uvii.

    Tuesday, June 27th 2017

      where I went wrong?? Kindly correct me, when should I have to use see seen saw.

      While questioning about past which tense have to use.??

      Tuesday, June 27th 2017

thanks. it’s 90

Monday, June 26th 2017

Thank you teacher. This lesson is very useful for me….!!!

Monday, June 26th 2017

Very good lesson,really.

Many thanks for very useful lesson dear Alex.
English is sometimes tough but very beautiful language

Monday, June 26th 2017

Thanks for the video, was very useful

Monday, June 26th 2017

Thanks a lot

Monday, June 26th 2017

“I can’t wait for next weekend” why not “the next”

Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Hey could u tell me why we cant say “The next month will be busy” but we can say “The last month has been amazing”

Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Thanks

Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Hi,Alex! Quiz #9. I think the phrase “I’ll let you know THE NEXT week” may means “…during a week”, isn’t it? Thank you.

Tuesday, June 27th 2017

I liked the video because its very useful !

Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Thank you Alex. I got only 7 but I’m going to work harder the next months.

Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Thank you for this lesson. I am more confident now.

Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Thank you Adam.
Always teaching us interesting lessons.

Wednesday, June 28th 2017

I got 7 from 10
That mean great to me
Thank you for your help

Wednesday, June 28th 2017

I thought this lesson not too difficult but after quiz I got only 8 mark haha but thank you so much teacher

Thursday, June 29th 2017

hi Alex.my name is yusuf and ı live in istanbu. My english is intermediate level and ı’m thinking of going to the england to improve my english next mounth. ı applied to stanton english course in london , per 24 week and 20 hours in a week . but ı’m scare ıf ı don’t improve my english. now ı’m studying english everytime and ı wonder and ı want to listen your experience as a teacher. do you think my english level what happen ? thank you

Friday, June 30th 2017

Thank you Alex, congratulations You are a good teacher, very clear, your lessons will help me to improve my grammar, I’m preparing myself to take a test, and order to apply for a job, I live in Guatemala City, I am 62 years old. I will follow you with the grammar I need for now.

Friday, June 30th 2017

Thank you, Alex!! You are a good teacher! Looking forward to your next class!

Saturday, July 1st 2017

Good to know the difference. I think I won’t follow the rule though

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

Thank you, Alex teacher. I got 8/10

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

Good lesson btw

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

It is a very good lesson to me.it was very confused but the confuse has gone after watching your valuable lesson.I would like to use of “so” in conversation.May God bless you.

Monday, July 3rd 2017

God bless you

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Why in the second example “Why haven’t you called me since __________ Friday? It has been five days!” is there “last” ? I thought that should be “the last” because he mentioned a period of time starting from friday till now.

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Merci Alex pour cette excellente lesson.

Saturday, July 8th 2017

Thanks Alex, you are the best teacher.

Sunday, July 9th 2017

Hello Alex, I have a question…why you used HAS BEEN in one sentence and then HAVE BEEN in other? i cannot see the difference, please answer me.

1) The last month HAS BEEN amazing!
2) The last two hours of work HAVE BEEN a nightmare!(why cannot be “HAS” like the other?)

Wednesday, July 12th 2017

    In my humble opinion:
    the last month – it has (single)
    the last two hours – they have (plural)

    Thursday, July 27th 2017

I get 90. Im very happy

Thursday, July 13th 2017

I need to watch your video onde more time, cause this matter is a little difficult to me

Thursday, August 3rd 2017

Thx alex for this leason, i love this video <3

Friday, August 4th 2017

One more great Alex’s lesson! Thanks for the explanation of this important topic!

Sunday, August 6th 2017

Thank you

Saturday, August 12th 2017

Thanks Alex

Monday, August 14th 2017

10 of 10. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 15th 2017

I got 10 out of 10.Thanks

Wednesday, August 16th 2017

Awesome explanation!!

Monday, August 21st 2017

No. I fucked up the test. This is my first unsucces. I saw the video several weeks ago and I may not remember everything. I fought that you can say I´m looking forward to the next Star Wars even I´m looking forward to next Star Wars. You spoke that sometimes can be accepted both ways thatś why I filled up the test wrongly. Never mind. I´ll watch it again and fix the mistakes. :-) Otherwise, Thankas for your videos I love y´all teachers from northern America. You´re the best teachers ever.:-)

Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

    I mean you teachers from EngVid.

    Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

Good job Alex! It’s a simple but tricky topic.

Saturday, August 26th 2017

Hi Alex, Thank you for your good job .
I’ve 7/10 it isn’t perfect but I’m happy .
Have a nice weekend .

Wednesday, September 6th 2017

wow this is great , thank you

Wednesday, September 13th 2017

10/10 XD thanks Mr Alex

Wednesday, September 20th 2017

Thanks

Thursday, September 21st 2017
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