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one point..

it’s not James’s pen, it’s James’ pen

Wednesday, January 14th 2009

    what’s up james?
    im the guy who always helps you to get late
    and today i have another questions
    i hope you can help me..
    i have some probrems speaking expressions -ing, like>
    “it’s (not) worth(Ving)”
    there’s no point in(Ving)
    there’s no use(ving)

    pleeeeea help us
    see ya man

    Wednesday, January 14th 2009

    Hi Rieko,

    The point you made is not as correct as you might believe.

    In the case of single pronouns, “S” is preceded by an apostrophe in most cases.
    This includes names like James or Charles (they become James’s or Charles’s)

    However if the word is more difficult to pronounce, then the version without the “S” is possible. (James’ or Charles’)

    When writing, the key is consistency, if you use one form you must use the same form throughout your writing.

    The best way to avoid this problem is to use the “of phrase”

    For example:
    This is the centre of Toronto.

    Instead of:

    This is Toronto’s centre.

    I hope this helps


    Wednesday, January 14th 2009

      the lesson is so bad , James

      Tuesday, August 6th 2013

    Reiko, here is a new lesson I have recorded on this topic:

    Wednesday, February 4th 2009


    Wednesday, December 14th 2011

thank you

Thursday, February 5th 2009

thanks alot James for your interested in the matter .

Saturday, February 7th 2009

    You’re welcome guys, thanks for the acknowledgement.

    Sunday, May 3rd 2009

I wanna learn street english, could you.please?

Saturday, August 1st 2009

    u might say straight..*=*

    Saturday, May 14th 2011

I had learned English before I discovered your But guess what?…you are such a good teacher, James !…all of this for free ?…What a wonderful idea !..So thank you so very much for helping us learn English, James. You’re something !…hilaire05.

Saturday, August 1st 2009

thank you

Thursday, December 24th 2009

Hi? I’m very happy to know this site. Thanks for evrything that you and the other teachers do here.Furthermore, it all free^.*
hum…I’ve got a question. When you use relative pronoun if the antecedent is a person or people you can use who,whose,whom or that according to circumstances if the antecedent is a thing or things you can use which, whose or that

Tuesday, May 11th 2010

its really an awesome job you all people are doing to educate people. well done

Wednesday, May 26th 2010

txs alot james! , i really liked your handwriting

Tuesday, July 6th 2010

hi sir james me maira from pakistan i like that video but i do not get your point in frist reason.

Tuesday, July 20th 2010



Wednesday, August 4th 2010

why don’t you make a class online such as on skype , …interesting !!!

Saturday, October 9th 2010

Thanks, for help in English!

Monday, November 8th 2010

hi james I want you to know i have learnt a lot with you .thanks so much

Saturday, December 25th 2010

Thanks, Mr.james. You are really a great teacher. Actually l have been learning so much thanks to you,and used to clerify the points which cause ambiguity for me by reviewing them while watching your clases.

Friday, February 11th 2011

thank so much for help in english!!!!!

Wednesday, February 16th 2011

love your kindness ..thank

Saturday, March 19th 2011

Thanks, James

Saturday, March 26th 2011

Thank you sir James! Have a nice day!

Saturday, April 9th 2011

I have a question please , I don’t know when exactly we should put ” ‘s ” at the ending of the sentence ?????
Thank you .

Wednesday, April 27th 2011

thank you

Sunday, May 22nd 2011

thanks for everything. i have learnt many things from you.

Tuesday, May 31st 2011

its very nice

Tuesday, July 5th 2011

Thank you very much Sir

Sunday, July 17th 2011

I love this web site, it help me a lot

Monday, July 18th 2011

dude the way u do the thing or explain is fucking awesome

Wednesday, July 20th 2011

I was making Rieko’s “mistake” too. I thought that, since there was an “s” at the end of the word, I had to add the “‘”.
Instead, (if I got it right) I should have focused on the fact that “James” it’s singular. Therefore…if I’m talking about “the Roses’ cars” (where Roses is the plural of the surname Rose) I have to add the “‘” and not “‘s”. Am I correct? Thank you.
By the way, your way of teaching is great!!!

Wednesday, August 3rd 2011

I am so happy because i found out this very useful classes & advices for English learners, I wonder if these classes are still going on. Today is September 3rd and I saw that all the previous messages are from two years ago.
I hope I can find you still because I need you! I have many doubst when it comes to my writing and speaking English. For instance the use of gerund or the infinite. PLease James, could you tell me which of the followings statements is correct:
It was just a meeting, nothing relevant, with the exception that for the first 20 minutes I was forced to listen to the assistant’s merits and experience, so I could understand that it was ok to have the meeting with her instead of him.
It was just a meeting, nothing relevant, with the exception that for the first 20 minutes I was forced to hear the assistant merits and experience, so I could understand that it was ok having the meeting with her instead of him.
Thanks for everything James!

Saturday, September 3rd 2011

hi james ,its real pleasure to learn eng in a very simple and interesting manner,,,thanks alot to the whole team of eng.vid …..keep it up
i love u all.

Monday, September 19th 2011

Thank you sir.

Sunday, October 16th 2011

arrggh!! I would love to watch this lesson, but I have to stop. That unwanted sound of James’ pen hurts so bad. :(

Sunday, October 30th 2011

Thanks James .
James teaches english well
James’s lesson is fantastic.
James’s lessons are Superb.

Hey James Are the above sentences are correct ?
do they need any corrections??

Friday, November 4th 2011

Hi James
I discovered your web site few days ago,you’re terrific n fantastic teacher,
Thank you so much for helping me to build up my vocabulary so quickly.
Good job!
keep going!

Tuesday, December 13th 2011

James your lessons is fantastic.
You are professional teacher and wonderful person, your teaching is not only helpful but and very interesting. I like your ‘little’ jokes in lessons ;}

Thursday, December 29th 2011

James, when you say:”The best way to avoid this problem is to use the “of phrase”…do you want to say that we can use “of phrase” all the time ? Thanks

Wednesday, January 4th 2012

Hi! James you lesson are very good and easy to understand.
I would like to know,how can I improve the pronunciation of the later “F”
Thank you!

Saturday, March 10th 2012


Sunday, March 18th 2012

hi james, your video helps me alot thak you so much ^_^

Sunday, March 18th 2012

Thank you so much M.r James
I like your style in the teaching ^_^

Wednesday, April 25th 2012

engvid is more helpful for who shows more keen for learning english.

Friday, May 4th 2012

would u provide complete irregular verbs list in english. I can purchase it. my phone no is 9908600974 reply please.

Friday, May 4th 2012

can anyone tell me difference between metaphor,slang,idioms and enthusiasm?

Friday, June 15th 2012

I love this lesson ^^ Thanks

Tuesday, September 4th 2012

Thanks James for making me to learn English so easy!

Wednesday, September 5th 2012

Is there a rule for the correct pronunciation of words starting with “ex”?
ex.pect /ɪkˈspɛkt/
Now stress is on second syllable, but I’d like to know why we tell the stress with ‘S’.
Could you please help me ?
Feel free and share your ideas.

Sunday, October 7th 2012

Dear James,thank you very much for the lesson,you are very sweet and fanny!

Tuesday, November 6th 2012

thank you
You are very nice teacher James =)

Saturday, December 8th 2012

Thanks James for this lesson but there is one common I need to tell when you said James’s pen IT IS James’ pen

Monday, December 17th 2012

Interesting helpful lesson..thank you very much

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

Thanks James. It’s simple but clear lesson.

Thursday, February 7th 2013

Thanks James ,God bless you .

Monday, February 25th 2013

James please clear up me the sentence
(proposition) “James’s pen”, you used somehow “Saxon genitive”?
Thank you very much.

Wednesday, October 9th 2013

Hi, Thank you very much for the lecture, it’s fabulous.

By the way, I’ll be very appreciated if you make a video to distinguish “dz”, “z”, and “th” (sound). They are very difficult to me!

Thursday, November 14th 2013

Thank you James.. You are a great teacher .. take care :)

Wednesday, December 4th 2013

[…] This lesson is the final part of a three-part series designed to give students more natural-sounding English pronunciation, by correcting three common mistakes. This lesson focuses on understanding the th” sound. Check out part 1 of this lesson here: […]

Friday, April 4th 2014

Hello thank you James

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

it’s a very good lesson, i understand very well. thank you!!!

Friday, April 25th 2014

Nice explanation

Sunday, June 1st 2014

Hello Mr. James …. How is it going!
Looks tired .. Come on, man we missed your jokes .. Take a break, by the way … beautiful lesson and
More the tender

Thursday, July 31st 2014

I’m very happy to find engvid. It’s wonderful. Your classes are always funny. Thank you so much. Ah, one more thing …at last I understand the class of mind maps…with this class. Great job, James!

Thursday, March 19th 2015

Thank you very much James. :)

Friday, March 20th 2015

Hello James, thanks a lot for your helping. John

Tuesday, June 2nd 2015

Thank you james

Wednesday, August 26th 2015

Such a good teacher! Thank you for made these videos.

Friday, August 28th 2015

Thanks! I’m left-hander too!!!!

Saturday, November 28th 2015


Tuesday, March 29th 2016

I love your lessons. Always learning… Obrigada James!!!

Tuesday, August 23rd 2016

I like Your sense of humour.
Best regards from Warsaw.

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

I have had a doubt about the use of the possessive because I studied it in the past as the Saxon Genitive and I think that it’s the same question. Thanks a lot teacher James from EngVid.

Sunday, November 20th 2016

Hey James! U re the best teacher I have ever seen buddy. I follow U and Ur videos until the time I know U. Thanks a lot.

Wednesday, April 12th 2017

It´s a very good lesson. Thanks.

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017

Thanks James!

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018


Friday, February 2nd 2018

thank you

Thursday, April 19th 2018

Sir James why you didn’t leave a quiz, for me thats better way to learn something. Thank you so much for sharing.

Wednesday, May 16th 2018

Fu James fuck you

Wednesday, September 4th 2019

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