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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.
All the stores closed early it was Christmas

Since it's a new year, I'm going to exercise more!

The results are in. Daniel passed his driving test!

It's getting dark; let's head back to the campsite.

Although it's raining, we're going for a walk.

He's working late he's leaving tomorrow.

They moved, I need their new address.

I like pizza, but I don't want any right now.

The parking lot was full; We couldn't find a spot.

When I get home, I'm going to take a shower.


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100% . Rebecca, I have a little confusion. Does it matter if we join the independent clause with the dependent clause by using a semi- colon or only matter is ,if we connect the two same idea irrespective of any clause by using a semi colon? And also confirm me ” It’s getting dark; let’s head back to the campsite” In this given question the first part is independent clause while the other one is dependent clause? Am I right?

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

    Thanks for your questions, Jasmine. When talking about sentences, we can only connect two independent clauses with a semi-colon.

    I want some ice cream; let’s go to the store and get some.

    In this example, we have two independent clauses, or complete sentences. Therefore, we could use the semi-colon.

    It would be wrong to say:

    Because I want some ice cream; let’s go the store.

    The first is a dependent clause, and the second is independent. It does not work.

    You would need to say,

    Let’s go to the store because I want some ice cream

    Hope that helps! All the best to you, Jasmine.

    Monday, August 6th 2018

Another thing is ” In the middle of the sentence with the coordinating conjunctions we should use comma while with the subordinating conjunctions we shouldn’t use comma? Is that the case ?

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

Rebecca , make a lesson on “The different usages of since”

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

    Thanks for the suggestion!

    Monday, August 6th 2018

Great lesson, Thx Rebecca. I really need to fix my writing! :)

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

Great lesson.Your explanation is very good and obvious.
Thanks Rebeca.

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

It’s getting dark; Let’s go back to the campsite. I thought this sentence was incorrect because there might be an interval between the black word and the semicolon. I’m not really sure, but maybe you’ll tell me the answer.
Thank you for your excellent course, Rebecca.

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

    It’s getting dark;let’s go back to the campsite.

    This is the correct version. You were almost correct. We do not need to capitalize the second sentence after the semi-colon! All the best, Beernaard.

    Monday, August 6th 2018

Hi Rebbeca thanks again. Great video, but I have question. Is it right to say ‘because of people are buying books…..
Take into account that ‘people’ is a noun?

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

Thank you, Rebecca. I have no question on this because it was very fine clarified, but I allowed myself-asking a favor. Would you please allocate some lessons to explain a law business and its characters. For example, when the person graduated from a law school; what he or she has to do to become a lawyer or judge. In addition, what are the justices and law establishments name? What are they dubbed?

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

    Thanks for the idea. Actually, the issue is that legal vocabulary can be quite different in British and American English. It’s best to consult a specialized book of Legal English to help you increase your vocabulary, depending on where you are planning to practice law. I wish you all the best, Hassan ABS.

    Monday, August 6th 2018

      Thank you for your reply, I really appreciate your precious piece of advice. I’ll try to do my best but as you know, the law field is a very complicated area, and as the first step, it needs to be simplified and has to be taken gradually. What I meant was that you and most of your colleagues are very good at simplifying intricate stuff, so I dared and asked you that request.
      Thank you all, so far you have been presenting a very good help to us, nor could, anyone ignore that.

      Tuesday, August 7th 2018

difficult to follow but easy to understand; thanks a lot Rebecca

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

Thanks a lot for the lesson Rebecca. 8 out of 10 though :/, since the capitalized “W” was tricky 😒 .
I hope I didn’t use the colon in a wrong way above 😄

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

10 out of 10? great, but is more difficult than it looks.

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

    Thanks, Alex. Remember to add the word “it” to this kind of sentence in English:

    It is more difficult than it looks.

    I wish you all the best, my friend.

    Monday, August 6th 2018

Thank you Rebecca.
8. I like pizza, but I don’t want any right now.
Is this sentence correct ? Does it need a coma ?

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

    I didn´t see your comment and asked the same question again!!

    Thursday, August 2nd 2018

      No problem. I love Dire Straits.. :)

      Thursday, August 2nd 2018

    This is my problem too:
    8. I like pizza, but I don’t want any right now.
    Is this really correct? In the example of your video, in this case, you didn’t separate the sentences with a comma. Please clarify this problem.
    Thanks for your great lesson!

    Thursday, August 2nd 2018

      I think you need to put a comma in sentences with coordinate conjunctions, except “and”.

      Thursday, August 2nd 2018

        In the UK, a comma is required before conjunctions like ‘and’, ‘or’ and ‘but’ if they can be used to merge two sentences into one. Ex : He is a good swimmer, but he prefers to play golf.(He is a good swimmer.He prefers to play golf). (Grammar for grown-ups, Craig Shrives.Kyle Books)

        Thursday, August 2nd 2018

          Thanks for your answer and your reference. So in the UK (in British English? Am I right?), we should put a comma between two sentences in the case of my question. What about American English? Should we put a comma? Is it optional? Shouldn’t we put it?

          Friday, August 3rd 2018

          Hi mohammad177.
          I’m out of depth here, so I quote the book above again :” In the US. Always put a comma before ‘and’ unless there are only two list items. For example : Lisa, vampires are make-believe – just like elves, gremlins, and Eskimos.(US)(Homer Simpson). If Homer had said like elves and gremlins, a comma before ‘and’ would have been wrong. Hope this helps.
          This “https://www.grammar-monster.com/lessons/commas_before_conjunctions.htm” may be more helpful…

          Friday, August 3rd 2018

          Hi Tyrion,
          It was really helpful.
          Thank you

          Saturday, August 4th 2018

Yeah! a very great lesson. Thanks for your excellent explanation.

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

Very good quiz. My mistake was at number 8. I was not sure if a comma came before “but”. I thought it doesn´t need the comma.

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

Was very useful.

Wednesday, August 1st 2018

Hi mam

Thursday, August 2nd 2018

I didn’t understand the lesson well or the grammatical rules.

Thursday, August 2nd 2018

    I understand, Caonez. Try to watch again and master one solution at a time. These are very basic and common mistakes in English writing and it will help you to overcome them. All the best to you.

    Monday, August 6th 2018

It’s a little harder than it looks, just practicing to get a better score.

Thursday, August 2nd 2018

Thanks Rebecca so much, 8/10 which is useful.

Thursday, August 2nd 2018

    Sorry, 7/10 is corrected.

    Thursday, August 2nd 2018

Thank you so much Rebecca!!
Just one question: is it necessary to use a comma before but as in question number 8???Wouldn´t it be better if there wasn´t any comma???
I like pizza but I don’t want any right now.
(in the test there´s a comma before but).
Thanks a lot!!!

Thursday, August 2nd 2018

    You can put a comma before “but” if you are connecting two independent clauses or sentences.

    I like all animals, but cats are my favorite.

    In the example above, we need the comma before “but”.

    I like all animals but snakes.

    In the second example, we do not need a comma before “but” because what follows is not an independent clause or complete sentence.

    Hope this helps, knopfler86. Take care!

    Monday, August 6th 2018

Your lessons make grammar a piece of cake, you’re a really talented teacher. Thanks a lot

Thursday, August 2nd 2018

    Thanks so much. Here, I’ll help you out a little:

    Your lessons make grammar a piece of cake; you’re a really talented teacher. Thanks a lot.

    All the best to you.

    Monday, August 6th 2018

teacher please make a video about sign language
i can’t listen well my left ear is damage and my listening skills is very bad

Friday, August 3rd 2018

I got 90 pounds. And immidiately understood my single mistake. Thank you for explonation. My advice to everybody:try to use different sources,especially when you learn grammar. Engvid teachers are best!

Friday, August 3rd 2018

    Thank you kindly, Mr Murad. All the best with your English learning.

    Monday, August 6th 2018

Very good explanation. Thank you very much.

Friday, August 3rd 2018

90%. I made a careless mistake.

Enjoyed the video.
Thanks

Sunday, August 5th 2018

The amount of 1000 rupees is not sufficient.
Pls check

Sunday, August 5th 2018

“The results are in” is a bit tricky for who don’t know this expression. I had to look for it. Useful lesson to improve writing. Thanks Rebecca!

Sunday, August 5th 2018

thanks, it was a great lecture.

Monday, August 6th 2018

Congratulations to those of you who watched and learned from this lesson. I see these mistakes all the time in business and academic writing. Unfortunately, because they are so basic, they don;t reflect well on you, so it’s really important to correct them. Hope my lesson helped increase your understanding. Have a look at your last five emails to check if you have any of these mistakes and see how you might have corrected them. All the best!

Monday, August 6th 2018

Thank you Rebecca. I got 10/10.

Tuesday, August 7th 2018

I enjoyed your teaching lessons.

Thursday, August 9th 2018

thank you very much T. Rebecca.
You are the best English teacher I know.
I hope that the videos are short and there are many examples, because that is useful.
This is the first time I’ve written a comment here.
Thx.

Sunday, August 12th 2018

hi Rebecca, i would ask you about when can i say some letters and when i can’t, because some letters write but we don’t say it. and as ex( letter c sometime c and others k as you it in your name lol) thanks alot and for all your lovely awesome team,

Monday, August 13th 2018

Hi, please I am not understand question 7, why need comma slice, if have comma slice after the word moved?

Tuesday, August 14th 2018

Got 70 ;i need to practice more.You are a very good teacher,thanks Rebacca.

Friday, August 17th 2018

Can I retake the quiz?

Friday, August 17th 2018

Thanks for the lesson Rebecca.I got only 6 correct out of 10. I’m going to watch the video again for more understanding.

Saturday, August 18th 2018
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