Fix Your English Grammar Mistakes: Talking about People
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Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's video,
I am going to teach you about some mistakes a lot of students make.
So, I've been teaching English for about five years now, and the
mistakes I'm going to teach you today, I've seen students make many times in both their
speaking, as well as their writing. Okay? So these mistakes are mistakes students make
when they're talking about people.
So, I'm going to give you some examples of some of these mistakes.
The first one I want to show you: "Some Canadian people hate winter."
It's true, I'm one of those people; I hate winter.
So, "Some Canadian people hate winter." There's a mistake, here.
I want you to take a moment to look, and think: What could the mistake be?
"Some Canadian people hate winter."
I'll give you a hint: The mistake is somewhere here. If you thought
"people" is the mistake, you're correct. "Canadian people", it's redundant. We don't need the
word "people", because "Canadian"... If we add an "s" here, this means "Canadian people".
Okay? So, instead of saying "Canadian people", we would say "Canadians".
"Some Canadians hate winter."
It's the same if we wanted to talk about Americans. We would not say:
"Some American people hate winter." We would prefer to say: "Some Americans"
-with an "s"-"hate winter".
So, let's look at another example. "Many Brazilian people are learning English." So, there's
a mistake, here. What's the mistake? "Many Brazilian people are learning English." If
you said the mistake was "people", you're correct. When we're talking about nationalities,
we do not use the word "people". So, what can we do to fix this?
We can get rid of the word "people", and what can we do to the word "Brazilian", because there's more than one?
We can add an "s". So, now it's: "Many Brazilians are learning English." Okay?
So, I'm going to give you another example, this time not on the board, but I'm just going
to say it. "Many Asian people like spicy food.", "Many Asian people like spicy food." Now,
how would you fix this sentence? If you said:
"Many Asians like spicy food." you'd be correct.
So, when we talk about nationalities, we do not need this word; this word is a waste of
space. We just need the nationality with an "s".
So, I have another common mistake students make over here: "Muslim people". So, Muslim
is a religion. Okay? "Muslim people fast"-"fast" means they don't eat-"during Ramadan".
"Muslim people fast during Ramadan." It means Muslim people do not eat during their holy month,
their religious month of Ramadan. So, there's a mistake, here.