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  • Sometimes you can improve your English a hell of a lot in a very short amount of time.

  • And today we're going to do exactly that.

  • I want to show you one thing today that will really improve your English.

  • 1,000 % sure this is the mistake that I correct most often more than any other mistake.

  • This is the one that I hear most in my classes and this is the mistake.

  • Listen for the reply that she gives.

  • I'm going to the cinema later.

  • Do you want to go to the cinema?

  • Yes, I want.

  • Okay.

  • Did you hear the mistake in her reply?

  • Let's use the same mistake but a different example.

  • Do you want a coffee?

  • Yes, I want.

  • How about that time?

  • No?

  • Let's do another one.

  • Do you want a banana?

  • Yes, I want.

  • Do you want this banana?

  • Yes, I want.

  • Okay, fine.

  • So something is missing here.

  • Let's fix it.

  • This is a very common mistake so don't worry if you didn't see the mistake in this question.

  • There's one word missing.

  • Do you know what it is?

  • To!

  • And remember her reply was this, "Yes, I want."

  • Now in Latin languages, probably others too.

  • It's enough to say your equivalent of "I want" for the reply.

  • However, in English we must have an object.

  • In this case the object is a verb "to go".

  • You can of course say, "Yes, I want to go."

  • That's fine, no problem.

  • However, it's much more common, much more natural.

  • Just to say, "I want to."

  • "Yeah, I want to."

  • And the same for any other verb.

  • "Do you want to sleep?"

  • "Yes, I want to, very much."

  • Let's change the verb for a noun.

  • For example: "Do you want a coffee?"

  • In your reply you still need that object.

  • Which object should I use for a coffee?

  • Just say, "Yeah I want one... I always want one."

  • This talks about something general.

  • But if you're talking about a specific thing then the question might be, "Do you want this?"

  • "Do you want that?"

  • In which case the reply would not be, "I want one."

  • We're talking about a specific thing.

  • The reply is, "It".

  • "Yes, I want it! Give it to me!"

  • But honestly this happens in many other examples.

  • This is an example of not using the object when you should.

  • For example, if you want to ask "Did you like, love, hate this thing?"

  • This one singular thing.

  • Then your answer should not be, "Yes, I loved."

  • You're missing that object.

  • In this case it's a singular thing.

  • We're talking specifically, so, what is that object?

  • It's a pronoun.

  • "It" of course.

  • So don't forget your objects, don't forget your pronouns.

  • But be careful, modal verbs don't work the same.

  • In a question like "Can you dance?"

  • Notice that modal verbs don't have "to" with the verb.

  • So it works different.

  • Your answer should not be, "Yes, I can to."

  • Noooo.

  • Because remember in the question there's no "Can you to dance?"

  • No.

  • So the answer, no "to" !

  • So never forget your objects and your "to" preposition in sentences and questions.

  • Thank you so much for watching.

  • If there's something that you'd like me to talk about in a future video.

  • Let me know in the comments, or get in touch with me on social media.

  • I've got Instagram, Twitter, Facebook those things.

  • Or you can watch another video right here!

Sometimes you can improve your English a hell of a lot in a very short amount of time.

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    ayami posted on 2019/07/08
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