20 Common English Speaking Mistakes - Do YOU make these? (+ Free PDF & Quiz)

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- Hello everyone and welcome back to English with Lucy.
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Today we are going to be talking
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about some common English mistakes
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normally made in spoken English
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but also sometimes in written English.
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Naturally, these tend to be made
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by people who are learning English.
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But there are quite a few mistakes in here
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that native speakers also make.
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So you're not alone.
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This is a very difficult language.
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In this video, I'm going to take the incorrect sentences
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and provide you with the correction
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so you can really get them into your head.
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There's also a free PDF that goes with today's lesson.
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It's got everything that we're going to talk about today,
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plus a quiz at the end so you can practise
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what you've learned
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and make sure you don't repeat those mistakes.
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Right, let's get started with the speaking mistakes.
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Okay, the first mistake is the misuse of less and fewer.
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And this is a mistake that I myself make,
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I here, will make it a lot.
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I hear my mum make it.
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I don't know if it's regional.
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I think it's just a mistake
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that native speakers make a lot of the time.
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If you manage to use less and fewer correctly,
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then you can confidently say
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that you speak better
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than a lot of native speakers including me.
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Let's take a look at this sentence.
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It's incorrect, I warn you.
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Don't write it down.
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There are less people than yesterday,
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there are less people than yesterday.
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This should be corrected to
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there are fewer people than yesterday.
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Why is this?
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Well, we use less with uncountable nouns
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and fewer with countable nouns
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and people, it's countable noun.
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If you find it confusing,
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you can think of it this way.
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Less is used with singular or uncountable nouns
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and fewer is used with plural or countable nouns.
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Which one of these is correct?
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The baby weighed fewer than two pounds at birth,
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or the baby weighed less than two pounds at birth.
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I'll give you a couple of seconds, less or fewer?
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(clock ticking)
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It should be fewer.
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Pounds, plural countable noun.
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Right, let's move on to three and four,
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our next two mistakes.
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We're going to be looking at me and I.
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Once again, this is a mistake that I have made many times
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in the past and every now and again,
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I do make this mistake and my dad always corrects me.
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The issue is that many native speakers
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are taught to be wary of me,
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not me in particular, the word me.
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We're always told it shouldn't be him and me.
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It should be him and I.
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But this isn't always correct.
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It depends on the placement.
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Have a look at this sentence.
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They gave it to him and I,
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they gave it to him and I,
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this is incorrect, it should be,
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they gave it to him and me.
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Now there's quite a simple trick for checking
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if it should be him and I or him and me.
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Remove the him and and see if it fits.
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They gave it to I doesn't fit,
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they gave it to me does fit,
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we're going to be focusing on subject verb agreement.
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This is one of the first things you learn in English.
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But it's hard, it can get quite complicated
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and we often make mistakes.
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I often hear sentences like this,
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one of you are gonna get hurt,
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one of you are going to get hurt
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and to my ear, it doesn't actually sound too bad
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but it is technically grammatically incorrect.
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It should be one of you is going to get hurt.
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One of you is going to get hurt
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because there is is agreeing with one of you,
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one of this group of you, one is.
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Have a look at this next one,
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which one do you think is correct?
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Neither car are very fast, neither car is very fast.
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Are or is, I'll give you a couple of seconds.
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(clock ticking)
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It should be is.
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Neither means not this one, nor this one.
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Neither is singular.
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Last one, see if you can get it,
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each of the plates are broken,
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or each of the plates is broken.
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Give you a couple of seconds.
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(clock ticking)
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It should be is again,
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each one, each individual singular is broken.
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I personally find those quite tricky.
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It might seem absolutely obvious to you
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but to me, I really do find that quite hard.
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I find strange things quite hard,
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like the difference
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between take and bring and left and right.
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Would you believe it?
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It's funny how everyone's brains work.
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Let's take a look at the articles a and an.
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This is a very common mistake that I hear,
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normally made by learners of English.
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I might hear them say something like it's a old dress.
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It's a old dress
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where it should be, it's an old dress.
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We use an because the word that comes after the article
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begins with a vowel sound, an old, an old,
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it's actually hard to say a old, a old, a old,
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you need to do a little tiny glottal stop.
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Another one, it's a amazing deal.
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It's a amazing deal.
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It should be.
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It's an amazing deal.
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It's an amazing deal.
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I used to live with an Italian girl
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who's a very good friend
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and she often made the mistake of actually doing this
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the other way around.
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Because with words that began with an H sound /h/ like hat,
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she wouldn't pronounce that consonant sound,
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she would start it with the /a/ vowel sound instead,
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she would say at instead of hat.
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So she said I have bought an at.
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I have bought an at.
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And I thought that was a very very interesting thing
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because she was correctly making the calculations
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of whether she should say a or an,
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it's just was that
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she was pronouncing the following word incorrectly.
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There are some dialects and accents like the cockney accent
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where they often drop the H's.
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I wonder if they would say I bought an hat
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instead of I bought a hat.
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I'm not sure.
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I have to ask someone
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because that seems really interesting.
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Next we're going to look at the difference
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between beside and besides,
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these are commonly confused words.
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Take a look at this sentence.
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She sat besides the river.
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She sat besides the river.
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This is wrong.
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It should be, she sat beside the river,
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beside means next to,
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besides means in addition to.
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Can you tell me
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which of these next two sentences is correct?
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I could never be a dancer.
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Beside, I'm too old now.
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Or I could never be a dancer.
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Besides, I'm too old now.
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Which one do you think is right?
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I'll give you a couple of seconds.
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(clock ticking)
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It is besides, in addition, in addition to that,
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I'm too old now.
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Next, let's look at a very common mistake.
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The mistake of repeating the subject.
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I hear this all the time.
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Take a look at this sentence.
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My friend she's coming with me.
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My friend she's coming with me.
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It should be my friend is coming with me.
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You don't need to repeat the subject.
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It's either my friend is coming with me
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or she is coming with me.
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By saying my friend she's coming with me,
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you are saying the same thing twice.
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Another example, my handwriting it's improving.
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My handwriting it's improving.
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This should be my handwriting's improving,
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or my handwriting is improving.
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No need to repeat yourself, we got you.
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Next, let's take a look at the incorrect use of nobody,
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instead of anybody.
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Now, I'm not going to say that this is always incorrect
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because it forms part of dialects.
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It's quite cool slang as well.
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But if you're looking to write correct English
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in an exam or something like that,
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it's important to notice, take a look at this sentence.
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I don't need nobody's money.
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I don't need nobody's money.
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Now grammatically, this sentence is wrong.
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Although it sounds right,
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you'll hear in music all the time.
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It's like extra emphasis.
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But it's actually a double negative.
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It should be, I don't need anybody's money.
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By saying nobody, you're doubling up on that negative.
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Another example, I didn't meet nobody at the party.
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I didn't meet nobody at the party.
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Technically, it should be,
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I didn't meet anybody at the party.
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Moving on, let's have a look at would have,
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should have and could have.
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I actually made a video all about would have,
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should have and could have.
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I will link it down below because it's very useful.
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I know a lot of students struggle with it.
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But there is a common mistake used by native speakers again,
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because we have the reduction of have,
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would have, should have, could have.
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This has been misinterpreted over the years
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and people are saying would have,
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should have and could have.
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But this is technically incorrect.
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And example is you could have said, you could have said.
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It's very hard to hear that slight difference.
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It should be could have said
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or she shouldn't have done that,
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she shouldn't have done that.
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It's much clearer to see in written English
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or I would have helped you,
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should be I would have helped you.
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It's a very subtle difference in spoken English,
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but there's a very clear difference in written English.
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Finally, we have our last two mistakes.
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This is one I read on a daily basis
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in my comments section.
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My lovely students asked me
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if I've visited their country
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and they asked me, "Have you ever been in India?
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Have you ever been in London?
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Have you ever been in Italy?"
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For example, is the difference
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between being in and being to.
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To have been in means it's a lasting action,
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which is still true.
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I've been in here filming for three hours, for example,
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and I'm still here.
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When you visit or travel to somewhere,
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you can say that you've been to that location.
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We use it to talk about our travelling experiences.
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I've been in London before
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should be I've been to London before
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Have you been in India?
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Have you been to India?
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Right, that is it for today's lesson.
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