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Fix Your English Grammar Mistakes: Talking about People


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Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's video,

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I am going to teach you about some mistakes a lot of students make.

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So, I've been teaching English for about five years now, and the

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mistakes I'm going to teach you today, I've seen students make many times in both their

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speaking, as well as their writing. Okay? So these mistakes are mistakes students make

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when they're talking about people.

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So, I'm going to give you some examples of some of these mistakes.

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The first one I want to show you: "Some Canadian people hate winter."

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It's true, I'm one of those people; I hate winter.

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So, "Some Canadian people hate winter." There's a mistake, here.

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I want you to take a moment to look, and think: What could the mistake be?

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"Some Canadian people hate winter."

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I'll give you a hint: The mistake is somewhere here. If you thought

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"people" is the mistake, you're correct. "Canadian people", it's redundant. We don't need the

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word "people", because "Canadian"... If we add an "s" here, this means "Canadian people".

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Okay? So, instead of saying "Canadian people", we would say "Canadians".

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"Some Canadians hate winter."

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It's the same if we wanted to talk about Americans. We would not say:

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"Some American people hate winter." We would prefer to say: "Some Americans"

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-with an "s"-"hate winter".

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So, let's look at another example. "Many Brazilian people are learning English." So, there's

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a mistake, here. What's the mistake? "Many Brazilian people are learning English." If

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you said the mistake was "people", you're correct. When we're talking about nationalities,

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we do not use the word "people". So, what can we do to fix this?

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We can get rid of the word "people", and what can we do to the word "Brazilian", because there's more than one?

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We can add an "s". So, now it's: "Many Brazilians are learning English." Okay?

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So, I'm going to give you another example, this time not on the board, but I'm just going

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to say it. "Many Asian people like spicy food.", "Many Asian people like spicy food." Now,

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how would you fix this sentence? If you said:

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"Many Asians like spicy food." you'd be correct.

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So, when we talk about nationalities, we do not need this word; this word is a waste of

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space. We just need the nationality with an "s".

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So, I have another common mistake students make over here: "Muslim people". So, Muslim

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is a religion. Okay? "Muslim people fast"-"fast" means they don't eat-"during Ramadan".

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"Muslim people fast during Ramadan." It means Muslim people do not eat during their holy month,

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their religious month of Ramadan. So, there's a mistake, here.