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  • Hola, Ni hao, Kon'nichiwa, Ann yeong haseyo. Hello Eat Sleep Dreamers and welcome wherever

  • you are in the world to English Lessons with Tom number 10.

  • Guys, I'm super excited today because we're going to be looking at some really natural

  • English. I can't wait to do this, so let's get going.

  • We're going to look at two ways to talk about things in a vague way. Now what I mean by

  • that is kind of not exact or precise. Let's look at a question. What time did you go to

  • bed last night? Can you remember what time? I can't remember the exact time, not exactly

  • eleven o'clock. So, I would answer something like 'I went to bed at about elevenish'. 'About

  • elevenish'. Now, elevenish, it could be 10.55/11.05 I'm exactly sure and the -ish part gives us

  • that vague answer so not eleven but elevenish. Around eleven. So, let's look at another example

  • 'What time did you arrive?' Again you might say 'around two-ish'. So, not exactly two

  • but somewhere around that time maybe 2.10 or 2.15 somewhere around that time. It's really

  • useful because we are not always exact with our times we want to be vague, we want to

  • say roughly at that time.

  • Now we can also do this for colour. So if we don't know the exact colour of something

  • we can add -ish. So, I mean to me this looks like a sort of , what colour is this? Like

  • a bluish, a bluish, a bluish jumper. Like a dark bluish jumper. You might say to someone

  • 'What colour are your eyes?' and they might say 'greenish blue' like 'greenish blue'.

  • So a mix of green and blue. You can't say exactly very blue or very green. Kind of a

  • mix of the two so greenish blue. So, each time you can see we're adding, we have the

  • adjective like blue or green and then we are just adding -ish at the end so bluish, greenish,

  • reddish. Now with colours you can also add -y so you might say for example 'What colour

  • are your eyes?' 'greeny-blue' or 'bluey-grey' or something like that. We're adding the -y

  • onto the end to again make it sound vague not exactly one thing, a kind of mix of things.

  • You'll notice that we often use two colours there so for example 'greeny-blue' or 'reddy-brown'.

  • Using them both to kind of say it's a sort of mix of colours.

  • Ok, that's it, so to review very quickly. We can use -ish for colour or for time, vague

  • time or vague colour. And we use the -y for just the colour.

  • Ok, let's practise. So, in the comment below I want you to tell me what colour is my hair?

  • Use an -ish adjective or a -y adjective and then maybe tell me what colour is your hair

  • as well. Alright guys thank you so much for hanging out with me today. Remember to check

  • out my website Check out my other videos. The other English Lessons

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  • I love hearing from you guys. Alright thank you so much for hanging out with me. This

  • is Tom, the English Hipster, saying goodbye.

Hola, Ni hao, Kon'nichiwa, Ann yeong haseyo. Hello Eat Sleep Dreamers and welcome wherever

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English Lessons with Tom #10: Vague language

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    Summer posted on 2020/06/08
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