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How good is your English?

Were going to test you today.

Weve got some common mistakes and were going to fix them!

OK, lets jump right in.

Well ask you some questions and you have to choose your answer before the clock stops


Theyre all about mistakes that people often make when they're learning English.

Maybe you make them, or maybe you dont.

Lets see.


Heres your first question.

Imagine youve found a great bookits so good you cant stop reading it.

You cant put it down.

What would you say about it?

Im very interested in this book.

Im very interesting in this book.

Interestingandinterestedare both adjectives.

We useinterestedto say how we feel.

We useinterestingto describe the person or thing that causes the feeling.

It can sound funny if you make a mistake with this.

If you say 'Im very interesting' it means you think YOU are very interesting.

Im very interesting’ – it sounds conceited.

But you could say that a character in a book is interesting.

Yes, because then the character makes you feel interested.

This is a very interesting book.


And Im very interesting in this book.


This is a book about me.

So -ed describes the feeling and -ing describes the thing that causes the feeling.

This is worth learning because there are lots of other adjectives that follow this pattern.

Theres a link here to a video weve made about it.

If youre not sure, go study it!

Lets have another question.


Next one.

Your boss has given you a project to do and youre negotiating the schedule.

She wants you to estimate the time it will take, so what does she ask?

Here are three questions.

Are any of them wrong?

How long do you need?

How long time do you need?

How much time do you need?

'How long time' is wrong.

A lot of students make this mistake.

The phrasehow longalready includes the idea of time.

You could sayHow much time?’

That works.

But normally we just sayhow long’.

'How long do you need?'

So dont say 'how long time'.

Thats wrong!

OK, we have another question about time now and its a missing word question.

Whats the missing verb here?

How long does it _____ for the moon to travel round the earth?

It takes twenty seven days, seven hours, forty three minutes and eleven point six seconds

for the moon to travel around the earth.

We usetaketo talk about the time thats needed to do somethingthe time thats


So we often use 'take' to talk about journey times and jobs.

So what do you think of my proposal?

Um, Id like to think about it for a while.

Of course.

Take as long as you like.

So what do you think?

OK lets have another question.

All right.

Imagine youve got a really bad cold and you want to go to the beach this weekend.

What are you thinking?

How long is this cold going to take?

How long is this cold going to last?

Wed say last here because were talking the about the time it continues.

Its not the time thats needed or required to get something done.

Its about how long something goes on foror how long it will exist for.

Heres another example.

Do you want to play a game?



You take a sweet and Ill take a sweet.

You mean candy.


No, no, no, stop.

We put them in our mouths at the same time.

The winner is the person who makes their sweet last the longest.

Its not how fast I can eat it?

No, its the opposite.

So I need to make it last a long time?

Thats right.


Ready, set, go.

Its tricky because we use the verbs 'take' and 'last' to talk about durations of time.

Its no wonder students get them confused.

But we usetakemore than we uselast’.

Yes, ‘takeis more common.

If you want more help withtakeandlast’, check out this playlist.

Next question.

OK, this ones about the verbs 'control' and 'check'.

Imagine youre telling someone about a flight you took.

Which sentence is correct here?

They stopped us at immigration and controlled our passports.

They stopped us at immigration and checked our passports.

So they check your passports to make sure they're OK.

But when we go through immigration, theres a sign saying 'passport control'.

I know.

Its really confusing.

But at immigration they check your passport.

When we examine something to make sure its OK or correct, we check it.

Is something wrong?

Is this your car?


When was the last time you checked the air in these tires?

I can't remember.

So thats checking, but controlling is different.

Controlling is about managing something, or directing it.



Im cold.

Ill check the thermostat to see if its working.

The thermostat controls the temperature.

Are you cold, Jay?

No, I'm hot.

The thermostat controls the temperatureit manages it.

If youd like more examples, click this link.

Lets have an easy one now.


Imagine you want to know someones height.

What question are you going to ask?

How tall are you?

How high are you?

Im taller than you.

No, youre not.

Yes, I am.

How did you do that?

We generally use tall when were talking about long thin things.

Like people, trees and skyscrapers. And if things are wider than theyre tall,

we say high.

For example, a high wall, high waves in the ocean.

So if you say someone is tall, youre talking about their height.

And if you say someone is high, it means something completely different.

It means theyre on drugs.

You dont want to make that mistake!

If you want to know more, heres a video with lots of examples.

OK, next question.

All right.

Imagine youre in an English pub with a friend and you order a round.

A round is a drink for everyone in the group.

Your friend starts to pay the bill, but you want to pay instead.

What will you say?

Ill pay the drinks.

Ill pay for the drinks.

We pay FOR things that we buy.

But when we say the person we pay, theres no preposition.

I paid the waiter for the drinks.

Twenty five dollars?

Ooooo pizza!

Yes, come and have some, Kathy.

Who bought it?

Well, I ordered it.

And I paid for it.

Thanks Jay.

I paid $25.

I ordered extra toppings.

You know, I paid the pizza guy last week too.

Do you want us to contribute?

Oh theres no need.

Hes already paid for it.

There are several different prepositions we use with paypay for, pay by, pay in

And sometimes we just say pay with no preposition.

Check this video to learn more.

And Ill put links to all the videos weve talked about in the description below.

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