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  • Today we're doing five of the 'Oh my god these are so common!' mistakes in English.

  • So, if you make these mistakes, don't worry, you're normal, but today we're gonna fix them.

  • Number one:

  • You have some flowers and...

  • 'This remembers me of spring.'

  • Can you see the mistake?

  • It's in that word.

  • This mistake is the difference between remember and remind.

  • Both words talk about memory, but don't make the mistake of using one when you need the other.

  • Here's an example: When you see someone and you're trying to think of their name.

  • 'What is your name?'

  • If you don't have a memory of that person you would say, 'I don't remember you.'

  • 'Remember' means to have a memory of something or someone.

  • If someone gives you the memory of something, makes you remember a thing, then you use the verb 'remind' not 'remember'.

  • 'Oh, you're my mum! Sorry! Thanks for reminding me! I'm so stupid!'

  • In other situations, for example, you need to buy donuts.

  • You're with your friend, you want to say: 'Please, make me remember that I need to buy donuts!'

  • You would say to that friend: 'Please remind me! Remind me to buy donuts.'

  • So, that mistake from before, let's correct that!

  • We wouldn't say: 'This remembers me of Spring.'

  • You would say: 'This reminds me of Spring!'

  • Spring!

  • The next very common mistake is this one: 'Sometimes we all need money.'

  • And if you are that one friend who always asks this, don't!

  • Because there's a mistake in that sentence.

  • Which is the mistake word?

  • Can you see it?

  • It's this one.

  • 'Borrow.'

  • We wouldn't say, 'Can you borrow me some money.

  • That's the mistake.

  • Why is it a mistake?

  • There are two words.

  • 'To lend' something, you are giving something.

  • 'To borrow' means to take.

  • Example? Example!

  • She wants money.

  • So, how can she ask for it?

  • Well, she can say in two different ways depending on which subject she uses.

  • Remember, 'lend' means 'to give', so 'can you lend me...?'

  • 'Can you give me...?'

  • So, the question is, 'Can you lend me some money?'

  • Can you give me (for a short time) some money?

  • If the subject is 'I', 'can I...?'

  • Well now we want to take, right?

  • So, 'Can I...?'

  • 'Can I borrow some money?'

  • Notice here that with 'lend', you must have that object pronoun.

  • 'Lend me', 'lend him', 'lend her'.

  • With borrow, no, that's fine, no object pronoun here.

  • I mean, you can.

  • 'Can I borrow blah blah from you, from him, from her.'

  • Again, with 'lend', you must have that object pronoun.

  • With borrow, you can, it's better without.

  • Example: Your friend needs some money.

  • You want to offer that money.

  • What is your question?

  • 'Don't worry, I'm a good friend! I can...'

  • Give (for a short time).

  • 'I can lend some money.'

  • Is there a mistake here?

  • Yes, there is.

  • Where's the mistake?

  • Remember, after the verb 'lend', you must have that object pronoun 'you'.

  • 'I can lend you some money.'

  • Maybe your teeth are hurting, and every time you...

  • ...touch them... Ouch! It really hurts!

  • So, in this case, what do you want to say?

  • My teeth are so sensible?

  • No.

  • This mistake I think is more common in Latin languages.

  • Because the word sensible is what's called a 'false friend'.

  • We have the word in English, but it doesn't mean the same thing.

  • When your feelings are stronger than usual, then you wouldn't say 'sensible', you would say... 'sensitive'.

  • 'My teeth are sensitive.'

  • The same example if... If your feelings, for example, are quite strong, and a sunset can make you cry, or a movie just makes you cry, or looking at puppies on Instagram makes you cry.

  • I just love golden retrievers!

  • Again, the same example: 'You are "sensitive".'

  • When you are 'sensible', it means you're doing something with wisdom.

  • You're doing it in the wise way, the smart way, the good way.

  • For example: It's dinner time, you're hungry!

  • Which meal do you choose?

  • A salad or a donut?

  • Well, of course your mother would tell you that the donut... It's, it's not a good idea, it's not the smart thing to do.

  • The salad, however, is the 'sensible' option.

  • So, if she wants to say: 'I'm going to make the smart, wise decision, I'll be sensible and eat a salad! who eats a salad?'

  • Forget your salad, donuts.

  • It's where true happiness is.

  • The next mistake is actually a question that I get very often in the summer.

  • It's, 'What's the difference between "shade" and "shadow"?'

  • Are they the same thing?

  • Well, kind of.

  • It's better if I explain in a different way.

  • And the final mistake is this one:

  • I've heard students sometimes say: "I want to do something funny, let's do something funny!"

  • There's a difference between 'fun' and 'funny' - this is it.

  • When a situation, an event an activity makes you feel happy, you're like: 'This is good, I like this!'

  • You're smiling, everything is great!

  • Then, that situation is... 'fun'.

  • So, if you want to do something that makes you smile, then you should say: 'Let's do something "fun", not "funny".'

  • In short: Fun...

  • Funny...

  • For example: If your donut comes to life, tells you a joke and makes you laugh, then you can say this: 'Oh donut! You're so funny!'

  • Donut, you really make me laugh, you, you're so funny! You should be a comedian!

  • Now you've learned five things, and you will never make a mistake with them again!

  • Never!

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  • And you'll have a great time.

  • See you in the next class!

Today we're doing five of the 'Oh my god these are so common!' mistakes in English.

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5 Most Common English Mistakes and How To Fix Them!

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    Elise Chuang posted on 2021/06/25
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