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Hello everyone.

Im Vicki.

And Im Jay and were back with some more tricky English questions.

Were going to test how good your English is, and well also fix some common mistakes!

We have six questions for you today.

And you have to answer them before the clock stops ticking.

Are you ready?

Lets start with an easy one.

This is a very common mistake.

Imagine youre having an English lesson and your teacher is using the wordcollocations’.

You dont understand what the word means so what do you say?

What meanscollocations’?

What doescollocationsmean?

Do you know whatcollocationsmeans?

Collocations are words that we generally use together.

Well look at one later, but first look at this useful question.

Meanis the main verb here and its a normal verb.

So to form the question you need an auxiliary verb.

Dois the auxiliary verb, or help verb.

Students often forget to use it so make sure you dont.

Kathy, do you have a moment?

Yeah?

I just received this message and I dont understand it.

What does IDK mean?

The letters IDK?

Yes.

I dont know.

Hmm.

Ill ask Vicki.

Vicki, what does IDK mean?

I dont know.

I dont know either.

People are so hard to understand.

Ill go ask Louise.

OK.

Whats the next question?

This one's about me.

Im British, but I dont live in England anymore.

She lives in the US with me.

So what could you say about me?

In former times Vicki lived in England.

Vicki used to live in England.

Vickis used to living in England.

In former timesis grammatically correct, but it sounds wrong.

Yes, its a direct translation from some other languages, but it doesnt work in

English.

Its much too formal.

We just dont say it.

Sayused toinstead.

We useused toto talk about things that were true in the past, but are not true

now.

So things that weve stopped doing.

We often useused toto talk about past habits.

Jay, try some of this.

What is it?

Marmite.

We used to eat it all the time when I was growing up in England.

Never try Marmite.

Its horrible stuff!

Dont listen to him.

Its really good!

And what about the other sentence?

Ah, now this is grammatically correct too, but it doesnt work here because its

not true.

Vickis used to living in the US, not England.

Exactly.

The meanings different.

When we are used to something, were accustomed to it.

And we can also get used to something’ – that means grow accustomed to it.

Where are the tomatoes?

You mean the tomatoes.

Hes still getting used to my accent.

These two structures look very similar but they have different meanings.

Used tois for describing past habits, andbe or get used tomeans accustomed

to.

Its very tricky.

We should have another question about this.

OK, heres another one.

In the US, everyone drives on the right side of the road, but in England people drive

On the wrong side.

People drive on the left side in England.

I live in the US now so which sentence or sentences are correct here.

I used to drive on the right side of the road.

Im used to drive on the right side of the road.

Im used to driving on the right side of the road.

Used tois wrong here because Vicki drives on the right side now.

Its not a past habit.

And its wrong to sayIm used to drivetoo.

Thats because afterbe used towe need a noun.

Used tois followed by a verb.

Butbe used tois followed by a noun.

If you want to use a verb afterbe used to’, you have to use a gerund, a noun form

of the verb.

So we say driving not drive.

But you know, I think this sentence is wrong too.

Really?

Yeah, its grammatically correct but its not true.

Sometimes you forget which side we drive on here, and you get in the car on the wrong

side.

I think this should say youre getting used to driving on the right side.

If youd like to see more examples, follow this link.

Whats the next question?

Its a quick one.

Imagine you have a friend who speaks 6 languages.

What could you say about her?

Shes very good in languages.

Shes very good at languages.

When were talking about skills, we sayat’ – so good at, clever at, bad at,

terrible at … ‘Good atis a collocation because we

often use the wordsgoodandattogether.

You know youre so good at making coffee Jay.

Oh, thank you!

Could you make me another cup?

Lets have the next question.

OK.

This ones about a word thats a false friend in many languages.

A customer calls you on the phone and asks to speak to your boss.

But your boss is on the phone at the moment, talking to someone else.

What will you tell your caller?

I'm afraid she's actually assisting another customer.

I'm afraid she's currently assisting another customer.

The wordactuallymight look similar to a word in your language.

But it probably has a different meaning in English.

Actually doesnt meancurrentlyorat the momentin English.

It meansreallyorin fact’.

So we often use actually when were saying something thats surprising.

If you want to describe whats happening now, actually is the wrong word.

Say things like currently or at the moment instead.

And we also often useactuallywhen we want to correct someone, but in a gentle

way.

Youve written thirteen dollars, but actually its thirty.

Oh, is it?

Actually, thats my coffee.

Thats yours.

Oh.

Lots of students make mistakes with actually, so weve made a video with more examples.

Ill put the link here.

OK, next question.

Right.

You have a friend who you used to see on Facebook.

But you havent seen any posts from him for a while.

One day you bump into him in the street and ask why.

What does he say?

I stopped using Facebook.

I stopped to use Facebook.

Stop is a special verb because we can follow it with a gerund, so an -ing form of a verb,

or we can follow it with an infinitive, ato doform of a verb.

Both are possible.

But the meanings are different.

When we stop doing something we dont do it anymore.

And when we stop to do something we stop in order to do something else.

Can you two stop playing that game and come and help us with a delivery?

Yeah.

I got forty points.

So there are two actions in both these sentences, but the timing of the actions is different.

In the first sentenceplaying the gamewas the first thing that happened andstopping

was the second.

And in the second sentencestoppingwas the first action to happen andhelping

with a deliverycame second.

Hmm.

Ive got a question.

Ill skype Jamie.

Jamie.

Jamie.

Hey Vicki, I cant stop dancing.

I can see.

Ive just got a quick question.

Just a quick one?

Not to worry.

Ill ask Mr Marcus.

Hello.

Ah.

Hey Vicki.

I cant stop to talk to you now.

These knives are sharp.

Oh, be careful.

Be careful.

Dont worry.

Ill google it instead.

So are we done?

Yes.

How did you do?

Did you get all the questions right?

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Bye everyone.

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