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What does the 'S' in S.E.A.M. stand for?

P.OP. stands for:

"I would prefer the beef to the chicken." What is this an example of?

"I would have thought you knew better than to drink and drive." What is this an example of?

"If I had $1,000,000, I would buy a new house instead of a condo." What is this an example of?

"I would think you would be the best person for the job." What is this an example of?

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112 Comments on “Master Modals with the SEAM Method, Part 3 – Preference & Opinion”

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I would like,you use it at the drugstore,clothing shop.your reply is certainly,sure.no way,I’m sorry but.let me check that later.

Tuesday, January 31st 2012

Great, thank you so much.

Tuesday, January 31st 2012

Good Lesson, James.
Your sentences are interesting because there are some doubts when I’m studying English’s Grammar and appear either these questions or we expose preferences and opinions. You’ve learned us how to think in English and I’m grateful.

Tuesday, January 31st 2012

    I want say: “You’ve taught us”. No: You’ve learned!
    I’m sorry!

    Tuesday, January 31st 2012

      I think you should have written “I MEANT” instead of “I want say”

      Thursday, February 2nd 2012

Can we say “I would prefer to wait here than there” or “I would prefer waiting here…”?

Tuesday, January 31st 2012

    the second one. babe.

    Thursday, February 2nd 2012

    For the second example I’m sure that you can say, but for the first I’m unsure. If anybody knows this 100%, just jump and help. . .

    Thursday, February 2nd 2012

    I’m not sure about the 2nd 1,
    But in my book,grammatically the 1st 1 is absolutely true.
    Goodluck with ur English!

    Thursday, February 2nd 2012

    2nd one

    Monday, January 5th 2015

These multiple comments show a pleasurable reality that:
Most English S2dents from all over the world,would prefer Engvid 2 the other English sites!!!
Kind Regards!

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

Thank you for your lovely video lessons. I can fell that my English is being improved day by day.

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

your good teacher but you talk fast and sometimes i can’t follow what u said coz it hard to understand

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

I would rather learn english than watch soccer, have a good day James. another good lesson dude.

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

nice lesson! you make me laught james! go ahead!

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

You’re awesome, man. Thank you for another good lesson. Greetings from Rio de Janeiro.

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

thank you

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

I really enjoy and learn thanks.

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

Hi,your lessons are so difficul

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

Dear James/Engvid,
I am confused about this lesson.
According to my English Grammar In Use book by Raymond Murphy, units 56 and 64, “Would prefer” can not be followed by ING (gerund form).
So, when James says: “I would prefer running to sitting around here”, it’s not grammatically correct.

“I would prefer watching TV than cleaning the house” it’s not correct as well.

Note the correct structure: “I would prefer TO STAY at home tonight rather than go to the cinema”.

Now, after “Prefer” both are correct:
Prefer “to do” or Prefer “doing”.

Eg:I don’t like cities. I prefer to live (or I prefer living) in the country.

Could you please review these grammar points?

Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

    I’d like to do it. (ok)
    I’d like doing it. (Not correct)
    I prefer to do it. (ok)
    I’d prefer doing it. (ok)
    I prefer doing it. (correct)
    I’ prefer to do it. (Not correct)

    Monday, April 21st 2014

      Sorry I made a mistake, but I can’t delete the previous comment.

      It seems “I’d prefer doing it” is wrong according to this link.

      To sum up, after “would” there is no gerund neither in “like” nor in “prefer”.
      So, the correct one is “I’d prefer to do it”.

      Monday, April 21st 2014

        If you state your preference about an activity that you prefer you should use gerund version of the verb which states an activity :) but if you state your preference about what someone to do or your response about your preference, you should use the bare infinitive version of the verb.EX: ı’d prefer her to study abroad.EX- I would prefer to go by car EX: ı’d prefer watching tv, ı’d prefer jogging

        Tuesday, November 27th 2018

          sorry just infinitive

          Tuesday, November 27th 2018

Now I can tell the different of using “would” in different situation. Thanks a million!

Wednesday, February 1st 2012

5/6 for the quizz. hmmm, not bad for me. thanks lot james

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

hi everybody :)

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

My Best Teacher is JamesESL

Thanks James

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

thats good way to learn.. ;)

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

it’s difficult for intermediate.you would be slower than that.

Friday, February 3rd 2012

Thanks for useful tips. The only thing I don’t agree is gerund after I would prefer. English grammar practice books state you must use to+ base verb. However, you can use Gerund after the verb prefer. For example: I’d prefer to write to him rather than call him. I prefer writing to calling.If someone has to take the test that will be the only right way to say.

Friday, February 3rd 2012

excellent. now my English will improve a little more. this website is great!!!!

I would prefer being here learning English to washing dishes. (is that correct?)

Friday, February 3rd 2012

it’s good..
easy to understand

Friday, February 3rd 2012

Thank you very much for this lesson. I love this website!! It’s great!!

Friday, February 3rd 2012

Hey, “I’d prefer to stay here ” and “I’d prefer staying here” both is right.
[Verb+ing] means like.. some situation is in progress or past, and [to+Verb] form in future. Although there are slightly different shade of meaning, both of them is right. I think.

Saturday, February 4th 2012

i’m greatly confused.i have known that prefer as well as well as would prefer can be followed by a gerund,to and inf.or noun is that right?

Saturday, February 4th 2012

Congratulations! It’s definitely the best way to learn and practice English.

Saturday, February 4th 2012

My name is Abdelaziz i’m from Algeria my hope is i want to improve my accent English and to get good speaker at the end i say to you thank you so much i wait to answer in Email. good bay

Sunday, February 5th 2012

Very clear and benefit

Sunday, February 5th 2012

It`s really easy to understand!)

Sunday, February 5th 2012

Hello azza ramzy! I agree with you that after the verb prefer we can use both gerund and inf as well as TO and a noun. But I have never seen in any grammar book that would prefer can be followed by GERUND. If someone could help and say the name of any reference book proving the fact I would be greatly obliged.

Sunday, February 5th 2012

i know that you are busy engvid team.that’s why nobody answers us.we are either talking to each other or to ourselves.if you answer our questions the information will be complete and that is greatly appreciated.

Monday, February 6th 2012

i love the quiz <3

Monday, February 6th 2012

Great! Thanks.

Monday, February 6th 2012


Tuesday, February 7th 2012

quiz done 100% :D

Tuesday, February 7th 2012


Wednesday, February 8th 2012

thanks : can isay ( i would like to go stor

Saturday, February 11th 2012

thank you very much SEAM. actually i really interested with your lesson, but some time i couldn’t understand well because you speak too fast. but maybe this because of my listening skill is not good. thank you….

Saturday, February 11th 2012

I love the way him expressed the lesson.—>It’s greating, thanks!

Saturday, February 25th 2012

i really enjoy taking a quiz….thanks you so much!!

Sunday, February 26th 2012

Hey James,

I just found this web site today and i loved it. The way that you use to teach is really good e easy in my opnion. Keep it on!! Thank you very much!! :-)

Saturday, March 3rd 2012

the website is very helpful.is it related to esl??thanks God i discovered engvid b4 wasting much tym on esl,video is much better,especially with ua jokes,the retention rate is superb!!trully loyal frm 2de onwards.

Wednesday, March 7th 2012

mmmmh,cant seem to find the last modal,m????

Wednesday, March 7th 2012


Sunday, March 25th 2012

Hi James, I love your way of teaching English and I was wondering if there will be a Part 4 of the SEAM Method. I don’t know if everything is already explained.
Thanks a lot!!

Sunday, April 15th 2012

    No, there are just three parts. If you have more questions, ask here, noevarela!

    Monday, April 16th 2012

nice sir.

Tuesday, May 8th 2012

Now I wanna know what “M” means in this method, give us the next lesson James ;) thanks, I love the way you teach, you’re the best teacher that I’ve ever studied.

Wednesday, June 6th 2012

thanks very much . i’m hunting for part 4 ” make loco sugesstins”

Wednesday, June 27th 2012

thanks ..it helps alot

Tuesday, July 17th 2012

thats awesome I understand it a lot more now that you taught it in that way.

Thursday, August 23rd 2012

I love your way to teaching teacher!

Monday, September 10th 2012


Tuesday, October 16th 2012

Thank you very much. I would prefer writing down some exaples to be more clear.

Sunday, October 21st 2012

Hi James
I would like to say you are such a great teacher.

I got 83% and i would prefer watching Engvid.


Saturday, October 27th 2012

PREFER no gerund in this forn: I prefer to xxx
I prefer xxing
However: I would prefer TO xxx
I would prefer xxing—WRONG

Sunday, November 11th 2012

Hi there,
I really enjoy your grammar lessons.
Is there a Part 4 on the SEAM method for MODALS where you explain the M-> make loco suggestions?

Tuesday, November 20th 2012

thank you all my teacher this place is good place to i liove you all thank you 100 times

Saturday, February 23rd 2013


Can you help me with a question?
What is the different between the past perfect simple and the past perfect continuous?

thank you!

Saturday, March 16th 2013

Thanks James! Nice lecture

Thursday, July 18th 2013

Great James. Thanks

Thursday, July 25th 2013

It is much better for me now. everything is clear. thank you James.

Sunday, September 1st 2013

I would like to know English better. This method ( S.E.A.M) helped me a lot to understand modal verbs.

Saturday, January 11th 2014

Thanks got 83%.

Thursday, March 27th 2014

Hey James! In my opinion you should copyright the SEAM Method :) This series of lessons was very useful for me! I sincerely appreciate your hard work on this!

Thursday, April 17th 2014

Thank you very much!

Monday, July 14th 2014

Nice lesson.

Thursday, September 4th 2014

Hey James,

I didn’t find the video about “make lo.co suggestions”. Did you recorder it? Thank you so much =D

Friday, September 19th 2014

    I can’t find it too.

    Sunday, January 18th 2015

Thank you,sir.

Tuesday, September 23rd 2014

thankkkkkkkkkkk youuuuuuuuuuuu

Friday, December 19th 2014

Thank you, enjoying the lessons .D

Monday, January 5th 2015

it was quite lesson ,,i’ve enjoyed it ,,thanks james

Friday, January 16th 2015

Thank you. The SEAM method is very very helpful. But, I can’t find the video for The M. “Make Lo.co Suggestions”. Where is it? I am LOCO. :)

Sunday, January 18th 2015

I got 100% on the quiz. I would rather self study using EngVID.com than go back to school. Is my grammar right? Mr James?

Monday, January 26th 2015

Thanks very interesting, this is my new habit.

Thursday, January 29th 2015

I got 100% correct. Thanks James.

Saturday, March 7th 2015

Wow! I got 100%. I would like to say, “Thank you James for this wonderful lesson.” Now, I would prefer to study English here in EngVid than playing video games after work. Lol:D

Friday, May 1st 2015

It is another great lesson, thanks a lot James.

Monday, May 25th 2015

Thank you very much for these lessons about modal verbs. I would like to watch the one about the last part of the SEAM method. I am referring to the so-called “making LO.CO. suggestions”. Are you going to publish it? Thanks again.

Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

It is very actual topic for ESL. Thank you very much.
I want to clarify one more thing.
Can we say:
I would prefer Japanese car rather than Korean.

Wednesday, August 5th 2015

Step by step you´re helping me improving my level.Thank you for being such a good teacher.

Saturday, September 19th 2015


Thursday, June 2nd 2016

:) Love it.

Wednesday, August 17th 2016

James, can we use WOULD instead of MAY?

WOULD YOU SHUT THE WINDOW, PLEASE? ( one passenger to another on the train for example ).


Wednesday, August 17th 2016

Thank you. I like very much your way of teaching. I think you would be a good actor.

Saturday, August 20th 2016

thank you so much

Saturday, August 20th 2016

Really a great method but sometimes a little difficult to identify the preference and the opinion with “would”. Very useful to remember the verb “to like” because if you don’t use “would” I think you can write the verb base or the gerund indistinctly, e.g, “I like to write” or “I like writing”. Also “I’d rather write” is grateful to review this form. Anyway, thanks a lot, teacher James Greer from EngVid, it was a very useful lesson.

Sunday, March 5th 2017

could anyone help me with suggestions for more exercises or quizes on modals in general, thank you.

Friday, May 12th 2017

thanks James !!!! your lessons are very clear !!!

Friday, August 4th 2017

someone knows where is thes last part of SEAM ? I can´t find M: LO.CO Suggestions.

Saturday, August 5th 2017

i would like to say thankyou to you james, it is always fun to see your video and also improved my english ability

Friday, December 8th 2017

modals and phrasal verbs are my big problem in grammar but now I understand well modals from your lessons thank you

Saturday, December 30th 2017

thank you!

Thursday, March 8th 2018

Thank you James.

Friday, April 6th 2018


Wednesday, June 6th 2018

You got 4 correct out of 6.

thank you….

Sunday, August 12th 2018

Where is the part 4? The M for SEAM?

Saturday, March 30th 2019

Hi James,
what do you think? When should you make video about Part 4. That is last letter in “SEAM”. Such a lesson would be useful. So please keep this in mind.

Have a nice day for all reading this comment. ;)

Tuesday, August 6th 2019

I got 4 thanks James

Wednesday, October 9th 2019

Hi James
I can’t thank enough. You’re great after years of learning enlish I’m getting the meaning of modal verbs. Unfortunately I cuoldn’t find part4 of seam method I search your channel in youtube too. Could you tell me where I can find it?
I’m waiting and thanks for your consideration

Saturday, January 18th 2020

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