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  • Charlie has less girlfriends than Harry

  • oh that's sad it's true Charlie has less

  • girlfriends than Harry well that's an

  • obvious one isn't it any mistakes there

  • no let's put London to the test with a

  • grammar test let's go

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  • Isabella yes

  • I'm going to show you a sentence okay

  • and it may have a grammar mistake it may not

  • I'd like you to correct the sentence if

  • you think there is a mistake okay you

  • should have been that okay is that correct

  • the aim of this is to make me look really stupid isn't it

  • no not at all not at all

  • thank you very much you should have been there

  • I would say

  • you should have been there

  • can you read it out loud you should have been there

  • no you should of

  • you should of been there should of been there okay

  • can you go ahead and correct it if it needs correcting

  • all right thank you very much

  • so they all got this right but this is

  • actually a really really common

  • orthographical error amongst native speakers in English

  • but why do native

  • speakers commit this error the reason is

  • because the pronunciation of the

  • contracted form of the auxiliary verb

  • have is pronounced exactly the same as

  • the word of in connected speech

  • for example instead of going out last night

  • you should've stayed in instead of

  • going out last night you should've

  • stayed in əv əv əv

  • so in connected speech the of

  • changes to əv and likewise with the

  • contracted version of the auxiliary verb have

  • that changes from av to əv əv using the schwa again

  • so then when we go to write words

  • like should've would've and could've

  • sometimes native speakers get confused

  • and they write should of would of could of

  • it's clear that a zebra can't change its stripes

  • it's clear that a zebra can't change its stripes

  • is there a mistake in this one

  • yes go ahead do okay

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  • err so first off it's like that it's clear that a zebra can't zebra can't change

  • is there a correction to be made yes

  • all right go ahead

  • I think that's correct I well done man perfect

  • yeah very good well done Isabella

  • because it is is grammatically correct so you put the apostrophe there to change it from it is to it's

  • now you might be thinking this is quite an easy sentence

  • to correct but actually for lots of native

  • speakers it's quite difficult and

  • you might have noticed that some of our

  • participants in this video did actually

  • find it quite tricky when it came to

  • this second its

  • so we put this in to try

  • to confuse people because often people

  • incorrectly put an apostrophe before the

  • S thinking that the possessive adjective

  • requires an apostrophe but of course it

  • doesn't now why do they think this it's

  • because when it comes to singular nouns and we're talking about possession

  • we need to use an apostrophe

  • for example this is Charlie's whiteboard

  • the girl's bike the president's suit and

  • then what people do is they incorrectly

  • apply this possessive apostrophe to the

  • third-person non gender-specific

  • possessive adjective like this the

  • zebra hated its stripes but of course it

  • should be it's without the apostrophe

  • the same thing occurs as well with 'whose'

  • people often put the apostrophe before

  • the S incorrectly but it should be who's like this

  • Charlie has less girlfriends in Harry. Charlie has less girlfriends than Harry.

  • Oh that's sad! it's true. Charlie has less girlfriends

  • than Harry. Well that's an obvious one isn't it?

  • Charlie has a less girlfriends than Harry

  • Any mistakes there? No

  • Is there a correction to be made? And if so, go ahead! No

  • May I correct it? All right, going over to the other side

  • no no no than is a...don't do it! Had less..wait!

  • No you can do it in present, has less than 'cos you're comparing! 'Than' we're gonna keep it 'charlie has less gfs than Harry

  • no mistakes unless you spell Charlie a

  • different way. Ha ha yeah. Or you could say not

  • as many if you wanted to do that. Assuming

  • Harry has any girlfriends. Good question, does he?

  • He's good looking enough.. ha ha

  • there we go

  • it should be fewer girlfriends than Harry

  • okay. And I think the apostrophe's

  • wrong too isn't it? Yes the apostrophe should

  • be there 'cos it's plural and that should be fewer

  • it's like the Sainsbury's queue isn't it?

  • five items or less

  • they've changed it now to five items or

  • fewer there we have it Sainsbury's even

  • make the mistake as do many natives the

  • correction should be fewer and it's

  • because girlfriends is accountable

  • Charlie has fewer girlfriends than Harry

  • I'm the monogamous of the two and of

  • course we had an apostrophe over here

  • that needs to be removed because it's just the plural of girlfriend

  • And of course we do not need an apostrophe for plurals

  • now do we? We're not mental! That's

  • all for today but thanks for watching

  • and we hope you have found this both

  • useful and entertaining if you're a

  • native English speaker please comment

  • below if you make any of these mistakes

  • and if you're an English Learner we hope

  • this video reassures you that it's okay

  • to make mistakes if native speakers do

  • it why shouldn't you please give us a

  • thumbs up if you want to see part two of

  • this grammar test and see you again soon

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