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Charles has a _________ personality. He is the type that makes friends and finds success easily.

The ________ of this project being approved is very slim.

The word "____________" means the fear of spiders.

The investigators concluded that the accident was ___________.

All boxes that contain __________ should be marked fragile.

Jim is a very big man. __________, he's not too tall, but in terms of girth, he's quite large.

The media has long complained that the new president's _____________ approach to free speech is a danger to all.

Jason worried that his _________ might be questioned by his colleagues if he failed to stand up to his female boss's demands.

The committee believes that giving elementary students a smartphone is ________, as it harms certain skills.

"Samantha believes everything is _________ if you have the drive and determination."
Which of the following words is incorrect to fill in the blank?


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Got confused with the sixth question. Thought we use tall with humans, not height.

Friday, July 19th 2019

    Hi Gr.Yarik,

    Yes, it can be confusing. The key is to notice what the topic of discussion is. If I describe the person (the person is the focus) then we use tall. If we talk about size as focus, we use height.

    He is 6 feet tall.
    His height is 6 feet.

    Heightwise = abut his height.

    Does this help?

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

      Yeah, that helped very much! Many thanks for your answer!

      Tuesday, August 20th 2019

      i got it clearly with your added explanation. Thanks, Adam!

      Wednesday, October 9th 2019

Hello Adam! Thank you for your helpful lessons! You help me to improve my skills. My English is bad. I’m frustrated (
This lesson is quite difficult, I got 80% :(
But now I know right words.
Your WriteToTop is really useful too! :)
And I’d like to say you’re witty)
Thanks a lot!

Friday, July 19th 2019

    Thank you Olga :)

    Don’t be frustrated. It takes time to learn any language. I know how you feel as I am now learning Korean. It’s difficult ;).

    Keep working at it. It will get easier.

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

      Hi Adam! Thanks for your lessons. You are one’s my favorite teachers on engvid. May I ask you why are you learning Korean? Very strange choise ) How many languages you know?

      Wednesday, September 25th 2019

        Hi Dmitri,

        I actually live in Korea now, so that’s why I’m learning the language.

        I can “survive” in about 4 or 5 languages :)

        Friday, September 27th 2019

      Yeah, people who learn Korean say that it’s very difficult to learn as the word sequences are different from those of English. Anyway it’s good to hear that as I am a Korean. Keep it up!

      Wednesday, October 9th 2019

Hi Adam. I’ve a doubt about cuestion ten. Why isn’t “achievable” but “doneable”?
Have a good one, thanks.

Friday, July 19th 2019

    Exactly. I mean, I think it isn’t “achievable” because of the ending of the sentence that stresses the importance of “the drive and determination” which you really have to be full of to do the whole thing and which therefore means that it’s just not enough to wait expectantly until you get something like manna from heaven, with some force majeure actually intervening in order to help you to >>achieve<< it. You have to be active and show some initiative yourself. Having said that, however, the question still remains: why is it "doneable", and not "doable"? This, I believe, is plainly wrong.

    Friday, July 19th 2019

      I hope you don’t miss out the part “INCORRECT” in the question!

      Friday, July 19th 2019

      Hi!I think that all of verbs besides done are infinitives.That is doable but not doneable.Possibly.

      Saturday, July 20th 2019

    Hello Pepe Nava
    Doneable means nothing . If you want to say something that you are able to do you add to the infinitive form of the verb ‘able’ . Achieve , do and realize are infinitive , done is past participle .
    hope this help .

    Monday, July 22nd 2019

    “Done” itself is in 3rd form so we can’t add ‘able’ “doneable” with this. also, “doneable” is an incorrect word in the English Dictionary.

    Wednesday, August 7th 2019

    Hi Pepe,

    A good discussion here. Tjupa and Tsamp got the right idea: we can add the -able to an infinitive. Done is a past participle, meaning the action is already completed, which makes the -able redundant. If something was done, obviously it was doable in the first place.
    The same applies to all the other verbs. The infinitive is the idea of the action, the participle implies completion.

    Hope this helps.

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Hi Adam,i got 90% thank you.

Friday, July 19th 2019

I’ve got 8/10

Friday, July 19th 2019

Thank you very much, Adam!! An excellent lesson as always!

Friday, July 19th 2019

Kia-Ora Adam.
One of the best lessons on here. Teaching people to use “minimal words”. I am a native English speaker & when growing up, we were taught to use minimal words. Well done. Pity you can’t spell though. “Neighborhood” is spelt with a “U”. NeighboUrhood. We use British English in NZ.

Friday, July 19th 2019

    Cheers to you as well Kestre,

    We Canadians sometimes get confused ;)

    To be fair, though, I mostly do go with the ‘u’. Occasionally the bad influence rears its — head.

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Thank you, teacher..:!!!

Friday, July 19th 2019

Hi Adam, as I work at Santos port in Brazil, would be possible to create a video of some vocabulary words of logistics in the port. Abraço.

Friday, July 19th 2019

    Hmmm… interesting topic, Victor.

    I’ll see what I can do.

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

i like this video so it has more benefit about suffix, because i didn’t understand how to uses for suffixes but now i,m very know. thanks mr: adam

Saturday, July 20th 2019

Got 80%. Thank you Adam.

Saturday, July 20th 2019

great lesson thanks

Saturday, July 20th 2019

Hello, Adam! My English is not as good as I would like … But I understood your lesson. My 90% is yours. Thank you!

Saturday, July 20th 2019

    Thank you for sharing Tartatia :)

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

I like it.

Saturday, July 20th 2019

the lesson is quite difficulte, i only reached 5/10, I will try next time. Thank Adam

Saturday, July 20th 2019

    NO worries, Nguyen.

    It takes time and practice, but you’ll get better, it’s sure.

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Good class, I love it

Saturday, July 20th 2019

Thank you Adam!
I enjoyed all.

Saturday, July 20th 2019

Thank you so much for everything you did for us ♥️

Sunday, July 21st 2019

As the lesson seemed difficult for me, I listened it a second time and it’s better. Thank you Adam.

Sunday, July 21st 2019

Dear Sir
I am a foreign language learner and it’s not possible for me to use youtube. would you please help me to open your video files through any other way or is there any other possible way to have access to your video lessons for IELTS skills?
thanks alot,
best regards

Sunday, July 21st 2019

    Hi Zahraakbari,

    I’m afraid there isn’t really another platform available at the moment. You can try using a VPN, but other than that, I’m not sure.

    I hope you figure out a way.

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Thanks a lot Adam!!

Sunday, July 21st 2019

got it 70% Thank you so much, am so happy to be a student here.

Sunday, July 21st 2019

Thank you Adam. Great lesson. A smile.

Sunday, July 21st 2019

    A smile back, Byte :)

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Good Quiz on #10 I choose doable but the correct answer was doneable. Hmmmm!

Sunday, July 21st 2019

    Hi UnvMay,

    Make sure to notice the question asks which is NOT correct.

    Otherwise:
    We can add the -able to an infinitive. Done is a past participle, meaning the action is already completed, which makes the -able redundant. If something was done, obviously it was doable in the first place.
    The same applies to all the other verbs. The infinitive is the idea of the action, the participle implies completion.

    Hope this helps.

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Adam how to remember new words and how learn new words?

Wednesday, July 24th 2019

    Hi Enigmochka,

    I wish I could tell you there is a secret method, but really it’s just practice and time. The best way to learn new words is to read often. Also keep a notebook and add new words to it and try to use them in sentences. Be sure to review the notebook regularly until the words stick in your brain.

    I also made a video about this:
    https://www.engvid.com/how-to-increase-your-vocabulary/

    Hope it helps a little.

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

I got 6/10. but it is ok. i understood the concept of whole lesson. now I can guide for myself forward. Thank you teacher for your kind expalanations for this lesson.
Best regards,
By Mohamed Isse,

Wednesday, July 24th 2019

very i^important lesson ; thanks

Thursday, July 25th 2019

Very difficult! Why?

Friday, July 26th 2019

    Maybe it’s difficult today, Tayeb, But with more practice it will get easier.

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

I love watching video on engVid and It’s been so helpful. I’d like to request for a lesson of how to give someone a direction.
What is the best way to give people a direction?

Sunday, July 28th 2019

    Do you mean location directions, like when someone asks you, “How do I get to the train station?” Or just general instructions, like telling an employee what to do at work?

    Tuesday, July 30th 2019

    Good request, Alisachan. I’ll pass it along or see about filming this myself :)

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Not so much difficult but at first it was difficult to understand.

Sunday, July 28th 2019

    Keep trying Arefin ;)

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

thank you so much…i start to learn shortcut words but i still need more time to learn more

Sunday, July 28th 2019

thank you alot of

Monday, July 29th 2019

Thank you for the lesson, it was really helpful to me!

Tuesday, July 30th 2019

Thank you for the lesson, Teacher Adam! I enjoyed it and the quiz, as well. Got perfect score! Yay!!!

Wednesday, July 31st 2019

Thanks for responding my question. I meant the direction and location. How to tell someone the direction and location on where she or he wants to go. For example, some people get lost and ask for the direction. Sometimes, I have to write a paragraph about giving the direction to somebody. I’m not so sure how to right it correctly. Please give me some methods.

Wednesday, July 31st 2019

I thought “dictatorship” has a close meaning than “dictator-like” in the sentence! it was confused me.

Friday, August 2nd 2019

    Hi Natalie,

    We are describing the approach, not the government or ruler. In this case, dictator-like means his approach is like a dictator’s, but he is not a dictator. He leads a democratic government (we know this because there is free speech).

    Does this help?

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Adam, please recommend a good book or website to practice punctuation.

Sunday, August 4th 2019

Hey Adam
I have got a question in one of your past quiz
why isn’t ‘hold over’ the correct answer in the quiz below

With the economy getting weaker, Jim was advised to hold _______ on buying a house for a few months. He was advised to wait until the prices dropped.
over
back
to
off

Tuesday, August 6th 2019

    Hi Kiarash,

    Hold back means hesitate,stop oneself from doing.
    Hold off means delay, wait
    hold over means reschedule or extend (the run of something)

    Hold back could work, but hold off is the best because he has the intention, he should just wait for a better opportunity.

    Hold over — he did not have a schedule for doing this so there is nothing to move to another time. (example, The meeting with the realtor was held over to the following week).

    Does this help?

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Slamwalikum and Namaste Adam from India. I loved your way of teaching.

Wednesday, August 7th 2019

Thank you for the lesson, it was really helpful to me. I got 80.

Thursday, August 8th 2019

I got 7/10

Friday, August 9th 2019

Not bad 4/10

Monday, August 12th 2019

Exellent 10/10 100%

Monday, August 12th 2019

got 90%…. If you can clarify example of HEIGHTWISE, I’ll be very grateful. Thanks in advance..

Tuesday, August 13th 2019

    Hi Ismael,

    -wise means about.

    heightwise means about the height.

    He is 6 feet tall.
    His height is 6 feet.
    Heightwise, he is average, but he is well above average weight.
    In terms of his height, he is average, but he is well above average weight.

    Does this help?

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

      Very helpful.
      Thanks a lot, Mr Adam…

      Friday, August 23rd 2019

Hi Adam.
Now, I’m beginning to learn how to study English for passing my IELTS exam next year. Can you help me to find the process and details. Many thanks.

Friday, August 16th 2019

    Hi Lehongthaihmu,

    We have a few videos here on engvid (find the search box and type IELTS). You can also get some sample questions from the ielts.org site.

    If you need help with the writing section, I have another channel that focuses only on the writing:
    writetotop.com.

    I hope this helps. Good luck with your preparation.

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

      Thanks for your reply. I always see your video everyday. This so helpful and interesting.

      Tuesday, August 20th 2019

I didn’t get the difference between doneable and achievable

Sunday, August 18th 2019

    Hi Alesc,

    Doneable is the incorrect choice in the list. The correct word is doable.

    something doable means you can do it. Achieve means to reach a goal. essentially, it is similar to doable, but you use this about a noun, a situation or goal. Doable you use about an action.

    Does this help?

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

7/10 =/

Thank you very much for this lesson Adam!

However i still don’t understand the difference between Dictartolike and Dictator-like

Can you or someone else reply and help me to understand this?

Monday, August 19th 2019

    Hi Evimtzgvo,

    Good question. I guess I didn’t get to that in the lesson.

    Basically, words and suffixes that are somewhat “forced” together, use a hyphen.

    He acted in a businesslike manner. businesslike is an everyday word. In other words, it a common adjective.

    Dictator-like is not common and emphasizes the dictator part of the word and shows we are making a comparison. We do not want to lose the person (noun) part of the word. The -like is an “extra”.

    Not sure how clear that is. Does it help?

    Tuesday, August 20th 2019

Hello, Adam. Please give me some vocabularies about going to the tailor.

Tuesday, August 20th 2019

    I’ll see what I can do Alisachan :)

    Wednesday, September 11th 2019

thanks, ADAM

Thursday, August 29th 2019

Thank you Adam

Wednesday, September 4th 2019

Thanks Adam

Wednesday, September 11th 2019

Thank you so much, actually I started with you to day with that first video and I hope to complete with your present and able to improve my self in English because I would like to take TOEFL exam

Monday, October 14th 2019

Thank you for teach

Wednesday, October 16th 2019

You are one’s my favorite teacher on engvid….
thanks

Thursday, October 17th 2019

why number 7 is dictator-like plz give me reason and explian about it

Thursday, October 17th 2019

8/10. I didn’t know “doable” (but I got this one). Can you explain to me the difference between worrisome and worriful (Grammarly is already saying that doesn’t know this word, which seems a spoiler haha)?

Thursday, October 17th 2019

I suggest to give some more exercises. If possible.

Monday, October 21st 2019

I suggest to give some more exercises. If possible!!!

Monday, October 21st 2019

Thanks alot,9/10

Thursday, October 24th 2019

Thank you Adam! I just want to ask if you could please to explain the numbers 1,6 and 7

Sunday, October 27th 2019

Hi there Teacher Adam. Let me ask you when do I put an hifen between -like and/or -wise suffixed words? I thought that dictator-like, for example, was “dictatorlike” and got confused. In fact, I was think which alternative should I pick. Thank you in advance.

Wednesday, November 13th 2019

Does hand/handsome follow the rule? I am afraid not.

Monday, December 9th 2019

    I wasn’t sure, so I looked it up!

    Hundreds of years ago, it did. “Handsome” meant something like “easy to use” – like how one meaning of “handy” is “useful”. Over time, the meaning changed, and now it means “good-looking” (“a handsome man”), or is used to describe a very large amount (“I was paid handsomely for my work”).

    Monday, December 9th 2019
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