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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.
A: What do you think of the president?
B: I don't know. Something is not right there. I don't think he ___________.

A: So, what do you think of Patrick?
B: Well, he's nice. And gorgeous. But he seems __________.

Which ending would fit the following expression that means someone is dumb?
A few trees shy of ________.

A: I just had a meeting with Neil Johnson about the campaign. He sure is a ___________.
B: Yeah, he's not considered the best for nothing.

Which ending would fit the following expression that means someone is dumb?
A few bits short of _________.

A student who is at the top of his class is referred to as __________.

A person with _________ smarts won't necessarily do well outside of academia.

Don't bother trying to fool Mr. Jespers; he _________.

A: So, what do you think of my singing?
B: Hmmm..., let's just say, ________.

A: How's your new boss?
B: Well, _________. His secretary actually runs the office and I like her a lot.


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131 Comments on “How to call someone STUPID, SMART, or CRAZY in English”


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Who likes play poker thumb up! ;-)

Saturday, December 16th 2017

    ;)

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Dear teacher you’r really book smart has i know.

Saturday, December 16th 2017

    He is a book smarts

    Thursday, December 21st 2017

      yup

      Thursday, December 21st 2017

    Thanks, Rohu23, but I HAVE book smarts ;)

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Got 08/10 ☺ awesome! Thanks adam.

Saturday, December 16th 2017

Thanks, Adam. it very an important lesson to understand native-speaker.

Saturday, December 16th 2017

Thanks, Adam!
I’m not sure I understood correctly the phrase “he’s not considered the best for nothing”.
He’s not considered the best, but he is really the best?

Saturday, December 16th 2017

    Hi Inquizy,

    He is considered the best, and he has this reputation for a reason. In other words, it is not for nothing (for no reason) that he is considered the best.

    Does this help?

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

      Hi Adam!

      Yes, now I see.
      It is not for nothing that he is considered the best – that’s clear.

      Thanks a lot, your lessons are great!

      Sunday, January 7th 2018

This is a very good video for the person who wants to have the deeper knowledge of English.

Saturday, December 16th 2017

Thanks for a quiz! I’m going to watching a video again for acieve more positive result.

Saturday, December 16th 2017

Hii Adam …can you please prepare a lesson on how to write different types of composition like…descriptive,narrative,argumentative and picture composition..

Saturday, December 16th 2017

    I’ll see what I can do Taylor.

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

      Plz..

      Sunday, January 7th 2018

Don’t give up my day job. lol

Saturday, December 16th 2017

    lol

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

He seems to be out of lunch or He seems out of lunch?

Saturday, December 16th 2017

    Hi Vadimrus,

    Out to lunch.
    We also say this when a person is out of the office (to have lunch).

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

GREAT lesson as usual! Thank you!!

But is it “a SMART cookie” and not sharp ?

Saturday, December 16th 2017

    Hi Ronen,

    Actually, both work. Sharp means smart. Smart can also be used to mean having an attitude :)

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Hi Adam, thanks a lot. Some new expressions, but in Australia I’ve also heard saying “a smart cookie” instead of “sharp cookie”.

Saturday, December 16th 2017

    Actually, both work, Vicbuk. Sharp means smart. Smart can also be used to mean having an attitude :)

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Thanks, teacher. It was good lesson))

Saturday, December 16th 2017

Thank you Adam.

Saturday, December 16th 2017

Good lesson, teacher….!!!

Saturday, December 16th 2017

Dear Adam,

First of all, Thank you for your videos and posts on the facebook page.

As I am a postgraduate student, I want to apply for my Ph.D. However, I faced with these “motivation letter”, “Cover letter”, and “Personal Statement” phrases. By searching on the internet, I could find lots of samples and websites but I can not distinguish which one of the websites are reliable and valid. Thus, If you the reliable webpage about them, could you please introduce me? And also could you tell me how the standard template of them are?

Saturday, December 16th 2017

    Hi Hossein,

    I’ll look at some pages and let you know.

    A cover letter accompanies a resume and is usually used when applying for a job or to introduce oneself.

    A motivation letter (also called statement of purpose) describes what you want to study, why, and toward what goal. A personal statement gives a portrait of you to the reader as a way to show why you would be a good candidate.

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

      Hello Adam!

      First of all, I MUST (as an obligation) thank you! Your lessons are amazingly good and I have been improving a lot since I started to follow you here and in your, Write to Top, youtube channel.

      Secondly, I would like to tell you that you’re my favorite Grammar-Savvy, I know you are a Grammar purist just like me, so if I make any mistake, please let me know.

      And finally, I would like to ask you to give me information above these letters, which my virtual colleague is asking for.

      Great hugs from Spain,

      Sunday, February 11th 2018

        Please !!!
        The emotion made me lose my education!
        ;-)

        Sunday, February 11th 2018

          Hi Jane :)

          I am currently working on a site dedicated to these statements and letters. I will notify you when it’s ready, but it might take a bit of time as I will be making videos for these as well.

          Wednesday, February 21st 2018

I really don’t understand where to use these kind of words like cookie deck etc .etc

Saturday, December 16th 2017

    Hi Manand,

    the more you read and watch English TV and movies, the more you will see and hear these words. hey are part of everyday conversation among native speakers. You will rarely see them in textbooks.

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Thank you Adam for this good lesson.

Sunday, December 17th 2017

A real “key” lesson to the everyday English language. Thank you Adam. Only a question… These expressions are used as much in American English as in British English?

Sunday, December 17th 2017

    Hi Lazaros,

    These are more North American, I’d say. Every country has it’s own slang, but mostly these will be understood by British and Australians in context.

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Great lesson as usual Adam.
Thanks a lot!!!

Sunday, December 17th 2017

The worst score ever! 60! I am not the brightest star in the sky ! That is for sure. Thanks Asam. ;) lol

Sunday, December 17th 2017

Best class… Litterly This was a new class.

Sunday, December 17th 2017

I have 7/10. Thanks Adam, By the way I’d like ask you the number 9 question because I don’t see you used option: don’t give up your day job I meant you don’t explain this option in your lesson

Sunday, December 17th 2017

    Hi Nguyen,

    don’t give up your day job means you should keep your job because you are not good enough at something (in this case singing) and should not rely on it to succeed.

    Does this help?

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Very good lesson.Thanks.

Sunday, December 17th 2017

I have been thinking that there are 56 cards until today. Thank you Adam for this information and lesson.

Sunday, December 17th 2017

Very good Lesson! As a techer you are the cream of the crop Mr. Adam. Yes, la crème de la crème:)

Sunday, December 17th 2017

Hi Adam ,
Thank you for this lesson .
Mr Jespers doesn’t miss a trick or a tick . Wich one is correct ?
See you
Bye

Sunday, December 17th 2017

    Hi Tsamp,

    It’s trick

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

      Sorry, I didn’t realize I missed that word. It’s actually trick. That was a typo.

      Saturday, January 6th 2018

Hello Adam!
I know a famous president who isn’t playing with a full deck… Will you guess who I’m talking about?
;)

Monday, December 18th 2017

    hmmm…. ;)

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

so sad got only 5 :(

Monday, December 18th 2017

    No worries, Vanessa. It’ll be higher next time :) Keep trying.

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

The president is a nut job.

Monday, December 18th 2017

    :)

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Hi. Great class, very useful. I have a question: “He doesn´t miss a tRick” or “a tick”? In the quiz appears “trick” but in the video you said and wrote “tick”.

Monday, December 18th 2017

    Hi Salvador,

    Sorry, I didn’t realize I missed that word. It’s actually trick. That was a typo.

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Adam is the cream of the crop of Engvid teachers.

Tuesday, December 19th 2017

Thank you very much Adam for your quick videos
This lessons help me a lot

Tuesday, December 19th 2017

Hi…Adam can you prepare a lesson on poetry writing..

Tuesday, December 19th 2017

    Hi Taylor,

    I’m not sure many people would like that, but I will see what I can come up with.

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

      Ok your wish, teacher. It’s not a compulsion.

      Sunday, January 7th 2018

Hello Adam … thanks for your class, very interesting
A bit difficult to learn all the phrases, but very important..
Regards

Tuesday, December 19th 2017

Thanks for the lesson is excellent

Tuesday, December 19th 2017

Thanks for these new idioms now Í can realize what really means instead of just translate from the dictionary

Tuesday, December 19th 2017

Hi, Adam
I’d be appreciate if you explain us complex subject and complex object and what is the differences between them

Wednesday, December 20th 2017

    Hi Nurbot,

    These are subjects and objects that have modifiers. Simple subjects would be just the nouns, gerunds, etc. Complex ones include adjectives, clauses, phrases, etc.

    Does this help?

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

dear teacher thanks a lot for ur nice job.really i like ur lessons verymuch…..the way of teaching awesome…..

Wednesday, December 20th 2017

thankss

Wednesday, December 20th 2017

Thank you Mister Adam. You were in the ball during this lesson.

Thursday, December 21st 2017

Well…I have to practice a little more :(

Thursday, December 21st 2017

Ilike to your leson and very good teaching

Saturday, December 23rd 2017

I am inperss

Saturday, December 23rd 2017

thank you adam

Saturday, December 23rd 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS ADAM!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS Mr MODERATOR!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!!!
Thank You for the lessons and help!!!

Sunday, December 24th 2017

    Jokes from me!

    1 The boss of a bus depot Ivan Ivanovich kisses all
    his bus drivers after work on their lips. He wants
    to know who of those fu.ks steals gas…
    2 It’s nothing that this cockroach got into
    salad. It’s strange that he died in this
    environment…
    3 Wife to a girlfriend: “I had been molding
    dumplings all day long! He came in evening and
    said: ” Don’t buy those anymore!””…
    4 A man complains to his friend:
    – Those fu….g bedbugs so annoy me!
    – Have you tried to get the bed out into frost?
    – Yea! I have. But they take it back!

    Thanks for attention!

    Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

      About the first one: there’s an old method of bus gasoline discharge by using hose and mouth suction.

      Wednesday, January 3rd 2018

        3 I had been making dumplings …

        Wednesday, January 3rd 2018

          Not sure I get #3

          Saturday, January 6th 2018

          In Russia it is believed that homemade food is much better :)

          Monday, January 8th 2018

    To you as well Katrin, and happy New Year (belated) :)

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Hello Adam,
I am trying to learn the British accent.You are really good in explaining the correct pronunciations.

So, I was wondering if you could do a video on “How to sound British”.

Or maybe just some tips. Btw I love your attitude and I think you are a great teacher.

Sunday, December 24th 2017

    Thanks Javid, but to be honest, you should listen to the British teachers here. Even if I pretended to speak with a British accent, it would still be fake and not good for you.

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

      Yes, you are probably right. But i was thinking like a short video that would just bring into light the differences between the two accents.

      I m sure many people would love to see that coming from you, i know i would.

      Also, since you are a very capable teacher, have you ever thought of making videos illustrating teaching tips and techniques?

      Saturday, January 6th 2018

        :) I’ll keep that in mind. :)

        Sunday, January 28th 2018

          Thanks :)

          Friday, February 2nd 2018

Hi Adam, can I keep in touch with you directly. If you use messenger, viber etc…please let me know about it.

Monday, December 25th 2017

    Hi Neda,

    You’re welcome to ask me any questions you have here :)

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

why don,t you write what teacher said ???

Wednesday, December 27th 2017

    I’m not sure what you mean Jeej.

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Hello Adam! I’m new. May I join to your lessons? Thank you at any rate for this lesson.

Saturday, December 30th 2017

    Welcome Muslim Ru :)

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

      Thank you Adam. Sorry, by the way Happy New Year!

      Tuesday, January 9th 2018

        To you as well :)

        Sunday, January 28th 2018

Hello Adam,
I am not quite sure about the eighth question. Could you expand on the explanation of the answer?. Thanks.

Tuesday, January 2nd 2018

    Hi Albeiro,

    To fool someone means to trick them or cheat them somehow. You shouldn’t waste your time trying to do that to Mr. Jespers because he is too smart and will catch you.

    Does this help?

    Saturday, January 6th 2018

Hello Adam
I need any one to practice English with me
for increase our English skills

Thursday, January 4th 2018

Thanks everyone.

Sorry, but i made a typo on the board: the expression is don’t miss a tRick.

Also, don’t quit your day job means you’re not good enough to do something, so don’t try to make money from it.
:)

Saturday, January 6th 2018

Hi Adam. My name is Anna. I’m looking for a teacher to brush up on my English. I couldn’t be more happier if you can be my teacher. Could you please contact me? anochko@gmail.com Just an FYI. I live not far from Toronto

Saturday, January 6th 2018

    Hi Anna,

    I’m afraid I don’t do private lessons. Also I now live in South Korea :) I hope you can find someone to help. Good luck.

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

      Thanks for the response. May I ask for any recommendations? I am here totally alone and don’t have anyone to ask on this. Thanks a lot))

      Monday, January 29th 2018

        Have you tried Kijiji.ca? You can find some good teachers there, but just be careful and use common sense when arranging to meet anyone. I’m afraid I don’t know any teachers there anymore.

        Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Hi,Adam. I’d be very thanks full to your goodself if you please explain to me the difference between “infinitive and bare infinitive” with examples.

Thursday, January 11th 2018

    Hi Usman,

    They are the same, except that a bare infinitive is just the verb without “to”.
    infinitive – to play
    bare infinitive – play

    Here is a good explanation: https://www.englishgrammar.org/bare-infinitive-2/
    Hope this helps.

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

Thank you Adam

Saturday, January 13th 2018

Hi Adam, “don’t miss a tick” or “don’t miss a trick”, what is the correct expression? I’m confused.

Saturday, January 13th 2018

    Never mind. I already saw your answer above. Thank you!

    Saturday, January 13th 2018

    Hi Igor,

    It’s trick. That was a typo.

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

adam ,
“posh” means smart. right? it’s a slang?

Thursday, January 18th 2018

    Hi Dariowerbowy,

    It’s British slang, meaning high-class, stylish, etc.

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

      i jush read on a book it means smart/ clever.
      posh boy = clever boy!!

      Monday, April 30th 2018

Hi Adam

Got a question:
In the quiz, in the number four if the guy numnber A says Neil Johnson is a sharp cookie, the guy B says is not the best for nothing. I guess the guy B should say “a bit slow”. Thanks for your comment in advance.

Wednesday, January 24th 2018

I think the most common variation of “not the sharpest/brightest ____ in the ____” is “not the sharpest tool in the shed”, maybe because of the song “All Star” (by Smash Mouth). Also, I’ve heard negative versions of “sharp cookie”, which are “smarty pants” and “smart ass”.

Thursday, January 25th 2018

    Hi Pedro,

    Smarty pants and smart ass is when being smart gets you in trouble. ;)

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

      Thanks for the reply :) I guess we should aim to stay one the sharp cookie side, but sometimes we end up being smarty pants instead =*

      Monday, January 29th 2018

You are the cream of the crop, Adam.
Love your videos.
Keep up the good work.
Just a small question—
–>He has book smarts
or
–>He is book smart
Which one is correct?

Monday, January 29th 2018

I don’t really understand no. 4

Thursday, February 1st 2018

    Somebody asked this question already. See above.

    Thursday, February 1st 2018

Not miss a tick. What is the meaning of a tick? Is this a clock sound or something else???
Sorry, I am not 100%. Look at my profile picture:((

Thursday, February 1st 2018

Hi Adam! I have learned a lot from your videos Thanks and keep up the good work. I have a question.
“Mary has gobe out for lunch” or “Mary s out to lunch

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

Sorry, I accidentally clicked “Submit Comment”

Further to the above comment.
“Mary has gone out for lunch.”
‘Mary has gone out to lunch.”
Which is correct? I should use “for” or “to”?

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

Thnx !

Thursday, February 8th 2018

Hello Adam .
I am new student

Friday, February 9th 2018

Hi I couldnt watch this leson. There is problem.

Saturday, February 10th 2018

Hi Adam!!!! it was fun to learn English expression. I hope by practicing daily, i can be sharp as a tack. Is that right ?

Thursday, March 1st 2018

Hi Adam,
I’m confused about last two expressions “quick/slow”. Does it always mean stupid if I say “You are so slow” ?

Wednesday, March 28th 2018

nice to know but careful to apply, mistakes cost a lot

Sunday, April 8th 2018

thanks a lot Adam

Wednesday, April 11th 2018

Very clear and useful, thanks

Wednesday, May 9th 2018

nani?

Sunday, July 1st 2018

wow. you are grrreat! Thanks a lot!

Saturday, July 7th 2018

Why the right answer is “don’t give up your job???

Thursday, August 30th 2018
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