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Hello dear Teacher Adam, Thank you for mentioning our country name in the lesson, I cheered up.

Ali

    Me too

    Mobina70

Hello Adam, thank you for this beautiful lesson. I did all the questions good without the last. I thought to put “no article” but I changed my mind because I also thought that is a specific alcohol “which is not served in a sealed bottle”. So for this reason I don’t put “no article ” because I understand this situation like something specific and not in general. May you help me to understand better?

Doina

    Hi Doina,

    Alcohol can be all types. This sentence refers to any alcohol, not any specific type, that’s why there is no article.

    Does this help?

    Adam

I got 7 correct out of 9. Question 4 was tricky for me. I got a good feel of English today. Thank you for your superb lessons every time.

Insoo Yeo

    because the dress on a display window is a specific dress, its not a general abstract dress, thats my opinion, but i do it right

    Amanda1711

      Good answer Amanda :)

      Adam

I got 5/9, the lesson is truly hard to me, have too exception in every situation, i truly confused, hope next lesson i will better, thank Adam

nguyen van long

9/9 :)

kaandrmz

Hey dude!, love your vids and the quizzes you make for us. Learning english better with engvid teachers especially with adam. Keep up the good work!

kaandrmz

Hi Adam,
I have some questions for you.
1. When we want to say “The United States of America” using an abbreviation. Will it be “USA” or rather “The USA”?
2. Why do we say anatomy although it contains: urology, cardiology etc.?
3. It seems whenever you have “of” You need to use “an article” Unless I’m mistaken.
Some examples: “A love of mother, the university of California, the republic of south Korea.

All the best to all English learners.

marcin95

    Hi Marcin,

    1. When we want to say “The United States of America” using an abbreviation. Will it be “USA” or rather “The USA”?
    — the USA, or the US
    2. Why do we say anatomy although it contains: urology, cardiology etc.?
    — anatomy is the study of the structure of the body. the others sciences are studies of particular functions of parts of the body.
    3. It seems whenever you have “of” You need to use “an article” Unless I’m mistaken.
    Some examples: “A love of mother, the university of California, the republic of south Korea.
    –in many cases, but not all (i.e., this is not a rule); for example plurals (birds of prey, the leader of a country, leaders of countries, etc.). With a singular, if the of expression identifies the noun then it is definite and needs an article

    Hope this helps.

    Adam

Hi, Adam!
Is the usage of an article in the collocation “the English language” correct? I came across this rule/exception in one grammar book. I understand that the word “language” is probably redundant here but still want to know whether I can use it like this in my writing to make it less monotonous, so to speak.
Thank you in advance!
Hope you are in good health.

Dmitry

    Hi Dmitry,

    Actually, it’s interesting. When we use language or people, the rule changes to its opposite:

    The English language is full of strange idioms.
    English is full of strange idioms.
    (‘the’ goes with language; English is an identifying adjective)

    French people like to travel.
    The French like to travel.
    French as an adjective makes the ‘people’ a definite group).

    Hope this helps.

    Adam

I am confused too, because i thought Mt Everest is a group of Mt, so i did put the before it, and it was wrong

Amanda1711

    Hi Amanda,

    Mt. Everest is one mountain in the Himalayan range of mountains.

    Adam

Great lesson Adam, thank you so much.
But just one question: when you were explaining about the use of no article in the lakes and bays, was it me or did you say “the Hudson bay in Canada”???(about min 7:18)
Maybe it was just a mistake. We all make mistakes. It is only to make it sure ;)

knopfler86

    Hi Knopfler,

    Yup, that was a slip :)

    There is also a big retail chain in Canada, called the Hudson Bay Corp., so sometimes we might mix it up.

    Good ear ;)

    Adam

great lessin Adam you teaches very well that everybody can understant easily

amalbatool

Great knopfer86, he said “the”. Good listening. Both, you and I are Spanish and we say “el Juan” “la Marta” and hopefully nothing happens is wrong but is like that. You are great fan of Engvid, aren’t you? I am.

Pedrop Guijarrog

Thank you so much for this video Adam!

Juliod

I get 78. I would like to know the different between possessive pronouns and passessive adjectives.
thank you.

coffiraphael

    passessive means possessive, sorry

    coffiraphael

    Hi Coffiraphael,

    Possessive pronouns: my, your, his, her, its, our, their

    Possessive adjectives are adjectives with an apostrophe (Bob’s, the company’s , the student’s, etc.)

    Hope this helps.

    Adam

Thanks. I got only 6/9.

kumridin

The test result was good to me.

Arshad 1122

Sir I have one question about articles.. I am preparing for IELTS exam I often get confused about the word government.. should I use a government, the government or Governments?

Komal shamanani

    Hi Komal,

    All of these are ok, depending on how you are using them.

    The government needs to enforce stricter laws.
    Governments need to work together to fight climate change.
    A government that isn’t respected by its citizens is powerless.

    Hope this helps.

    Adam

Hi,mr.Adam!I really want to thank you for this useful lesson.I confused a lot about when use and not to use articles and i need this lesson, but you made this lesson.Thanks a million!

MykytaKUA

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My whatsapp number is +8801812788727.

Thank you.
Rasho.

Rasho

Nice video! I got 6 out of 9. 6 corrects and 3 wrongs.

Pereira Santos

8/9 :(

nobodyy

i got 100%. Thanks Adam. I do like your way of teaching very much.

Carrie McCulloch

Hi Adam, I have a question for you.

When I am working in some place and I need talk with someone about a information that another person gave me and I don’t know his name, just the position, can I use the?

Ex. I was doing my activities when the nurse call me to help him

Franbortolotti

    Hi Franbortolotti,

    That’s a tricky question. If there are several nurses then ‘the’ won’t help. You’ll need to use ore identifiers, for example, the nurse with …, or the nurse who….

    Does his help?

    Adam

Great lesson Adam! Thank you!

Ashurov 1986@

Thank You!

nesarahmad12@

Thank you, Adam. Your lessons are easy to learn and you have a special way of explaining the ideas.

Mosaad Gharbawy

Hello Sir,
Please would you explain to me “strong word endings” before which the stress falls on the penultimate syllable.

Saad23elassami

    Hi Saad,

    That’s a little hard to do in writing. I’ll try to make a lesson about this.

    Adam

Thank you

fatesfarida

Thanks for the lesson. I have got 6

ElenaKuch

Using articles is my weakness.

maying0515

    It is for many people Maying. Keep practicing. :)

    Adam

i got 7 out of 9 some are a little bit confused for me

Kyawzin Win

9/9

Adam, thanks a lot!!

Marsius

8/9 :(

jekolfant

Hi Adam,
I would like to know which following sentences is correct.

“XXXX is more in XXXX than in XXXX.”
or
“XXXX is more in XXXX than XXXX.”

Preposition of “in” should be shown one time or two times?

Sophie

    Hi Sophie,

    I’m not sure exactly what you’re thinking of. Can you give me a concrete example?

    For now, follow the idea of parallel structures:
    more in ____ than in____
    more _____ than ____

    Adam

Hi Adam and everybody
I answered wrong to 9th question
I got confused
in Q. 9 we are talking about a certain kind of alcohol so we should use ” The ” like <>
am I right ?

saeid SPL

    Hi Saeid,

    Yes, it’s a confusing one.

    The problem here is that alcohol comes in many types, so you would need even more identifying information. The adjective clause in this example is not enough.

    Does this help?

    Adam

Hello fellow English learners!
I found this is one of the best videos on the explanation of when not to use the article.

Regarding the last quiz, I thought the correct answer would be “the alcohol” as it is not just any alcohol, it is specifying the alcohol that is not served in a sealed bottle. Would anyone please explain it to me? Thank you very much for taking a time to reply. :)

9. In some countries it is better not to drink _____ alcohol that is not served in a sealed bottle.

Khulan

Khulaashka

    Hi Khulaashka,

    Yes, it’s a confusing one.

    The problem here is that alcohol comes in many types, so you would need even more identifying information. The adjective clause in this example is not enough.

    Does this help?

    Adam

could u help me what the deference between false homophones and minimal verbs is ?

Fatima.Alaidaroos

    Hi Fatima,

    Do you mean minimal pairs and false friends?

    Minimal pairs are words that are very similar and may have only one letter or syllable difference (sit seat, desk disk); false friends are words in different languages that sounds and/or look the same but have different meanings and pronunciations.

    Does this help?

    Adam

Thank you. I really enjoy with your lessons. Do you give private lessons?

Tiss0t

    Hi Tiss,

    I’m afraid I don’t do private lessons, but there are plenty of videos here that should help.

    Good luck :)

    Adam

Love it!

faylenys

Thanks sir

ismailjaffat59@

i gor 4z correct ut of 9. I’m thinking may be i can’t understand enough.

thistle

Thanks everyone :)

Adam

Hello Adam… In general, I ussually got 70 or 80% in yours tests. But, today lesson, I got 100% (9/9). This video really help me a lot. Thanks from Chile (Not the Chile… hahaha).

raimundo sepulveda

Hi Mr. Adam. I got 9 of 9. And now i have understood better when to use or not to use article in a sentense or any kinds of sentences. Thank you so much.

Diman sahata

It’s so difficult!!

fecneve

I got 5. Although I knew the correct answer. It’s craziness😵
Thanks Adam. I guess the explanation of lesson was hard for you but you did well. Thank you👍

Mobina70

Hello Adam. I have a question not about articles but about the sentence you used as an example: Someone returned me the book that I lost last week. Can we use “which” without a comma instead of “that” in this sentence? If we say: Someone returned me my book, which I lost last week, here, of course, we use a comma because we want to add exra information.

Natalya Tereshina

    Hi Natalya,

    Yes, you can, but you slightly change the meaning:
    with that, you are identifying the book.

    With which, you are focusing on when you lost it and the book is understood.

    Does this help?

    Adam

      Thanks Adam! Yes, it does, very helpful!

      Natalya Tereshina

Hello I thank you for a wonderful lesson.I got 4 out of 9 ,questions 1 was little bit tricky for me

lefaben03@

I’ve been confusing, why “French” takes “the” article?

Sansern

    Hi Sansern,

    The French — people

    French — language

    Does this help?

    Adam

Hi, lt is helpful video and you’re an amazing teacher who make the rules clear and easy to understand, l learn alot from this video especially the exceptiones of every point, it was little confusing for me in some points, but as they said ” No excellent can be get with out constant practices.”

JaaferTurkman

I have another question,at point 🤔 9- General reference to uncomfortable +abstract nouns.
A mother’s love is beautiful.
Is this kind of love in general or specific, is it definite 🤔 or not , or because we don’t know which mother and child ,became this love isn’t definite? And why we use the article A? Thanks

JaaferTurkman

Great lesson. Thank you!

u-ichi

Thank you, Mr.Adam I got 6/9

santhoshpainganamadathil

7/9! Thanks, Adam! I nearly totally understand this lesson. I will go over this video later.

Jerry Gu

I love Adam’s wonderful teaching. He is the best teacher. I will follow him to learn English forever.

heliying

Hello Adam! This lesson is really fruitful for me. Unfortunately i got 6/9. I need to practice more. :))

eenjii

I got 7 correct out of 9. Sir, could you please explain the question number 2

Huma Rauf

Why is no. 9 no article? Why not the? Isn’t it specific?

Astri

Hello, good video it helped me a lot, but I have a question in the question number 4 the answer is “The French” and I would like to know why that is the answer. Could you explain me that please?

Giuliana Rodriguez

thanks for your efforts

Firyal Ali

Adam, thanks for the lesson. Articles always were tricky for me, now I hope I got it clear. At least, rules sorted out logically in my mind. And I got 9 out of 9 (though the test is easy and short =p

SpringSummerSoul

Woo.. I’ve lost almost every quiz of latter part. I think i need to study it one more time.
Thanks any way for your great lesson!

ejenglish

9/9 Good result for me and a good lesson from you.
Thank you, Adam!

viacheslavkr

Adam, you are really great teacher! Love all your lessons.

MariaHutchcraft

Hi adam, I am new on this website,

ı am a bit confused on the 3.rd question.
ı thought that on the sentence we are talking about general characteristic of all french people. so dont use the. for using ‘the’. it has to be spesific part of french people. hasnt it?

thank you in advence

Ugur.pp

Thanks for your lessons! There is one little thing about English articles that I’m very unsure about, however. First, we omit indefinite articles when there is a number following the noun – like, you say Page 5, Building 12, and so on. But does the same rule apply in cases when there is a letter following the noun? Should we say “For reference, see Figure A”, or should it be “the Figure A”?
Thank you in advance.

Igor1971

Nice class, Adam! Thank you

rescaliante

Hi Adam,

I’ve got two questions regarding using (or not using an article).

1) Acronyms

For example: “The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) is responsible for this issue. [The] DAWE also manages aspects related to biodiversity. Regulations on this matter are prepared by [the] DAWE.

I assume using the article is not correct in the situations above. Is it incorrect? Or are both options (with or without the article) accepted?

“The US” and “The USA” are probably exceptions to this acronym rule, right?

2) Names of pieces of legislation and relevant documents

Examples:

– A direct connection between the two topics of interest is equally made by [the] National Marine Science Plan 2015-2025 (I think an article is required, right?).

– The federal arrangement containing most references is [the] National Fishing and Aquaculture Research, Development and Extension Strategy 2010 (the article is also required, right?)

– Two policies have the most significant number of references: [the] Draft Tasmanian Renewable Energy Action Plan 2020 and [the] Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan (also required?).

– [The] Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is a relevant arrangement. Environmental issues are covered by [the] EPBC Act (I think an article is required, including before this acronym, so it is another exception, right?).

– 27 references come from [the] “Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan (here I think we should not use the article as “Tasmania’s” is already a modifier, right”?).

Thank you! Your content is amazing!

miguelfrohlich
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