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English Writing Skills 1: Sentence Punctuation and Contractions

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WATCH my new playlist on writing EMAIL in English. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfQSN9FlyB6T2jCi9GYh7DJ6FBEw1LGc7 ADDITIONAL EXERCISES: http://www.englishwithjennifer.com/exercises.php English Writing Skills 1 (intermediate/ advanced) Topics: Sentence Punctuation (using capital letters, periods, question marks, exclamation points) Contractions (using apostrophes) STUDENTS: Please visit my website for more practice. http://www.englishwithjennifer.com/exercises.php TEACHERS: Visit my WordPress blog for teaching ideas. http://englishwithjennifer.wordpress.com/ Click here for a punctuation activity. http://englishwithjennifer.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/sentence-first-aid-an-exercise-to-practice-punctuation/ Music Credit: Royalty-free, freeware music loop used. Title: "poindexter_jazz4" Artist: poindexter Retrieved from http://www.flashkit.com/loops/Easy_Listening/Jazz/poindext-poindext-5067/ ABOUT ME: Former classroom teacher. Published author. Online instructor. I've been online since 2007, posting videos for students, blogging for teachers, and providing different forms of language support. My goal is to make language studies enjoyable and productive. For more info and resources, visit www.englishwithjennifer.com.
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imaginarytube (18 days ago)
Watch this video at 1.25 speed.
JenniferESL (17 days ago)
I'm glad that works for you! :)
jirina satavova (1 month ago)
I liked your lessons with Natasha. How do I continue with you further?
JenniferESL (1 month ago)
Hello. I wanted to study more with Natasha, but her family moved away. She is still my friend. :) You can choose another playlist here: https://www.englishwithjennifer.com/students/yt-videos/
ShiftingGear OTP (1 month ago)
I’m vegan so I would have been happy with just the broccoli
ShiftingGear OTP (1 month ago)
Lol Thank you 🙏
JenniferESL (1 month ago)
Hee hee. I need broccoli to go with something, like pasta or rice. (Since it's a lesson on punctuation, I'll note that a comma after "vegan" is standard. It gives separation from the result expressed by "so.")
Dr.Abhilash Bhagat (1 month ago)
Happy face
JenniferESL (1 month ago)
Studies should be pleasant. :)
Khalid Li (1 month ago)
Great video Jennifer, thanks.
JenniferESL (1 month ago)
You're welcome.
sakethkumar gurram (2 months ago)
Thank you so much
JenniferESL (2 months ago)
You're welcome.
Taylor Wagner (2 months ago)
I'd love to have her as my literacy teacher.
JenniferESL (2 months ago)
I hope you'll watch the whole series. You'll find it here: http://englishwithjennifer.com/students/yt-videos/ A couple more free videos are on this page: http://englishwithjennifer.com/students/improve-your-writing-2/ Kind wishes to you, Taylor!
warunee saimao (3 months ago)
Thank youJennifer ☺️👍🙏🏻
warunee saimao (3 months ago)
JenniferESL ☺️👍🙏🏻 Hello Jennifer ! I really like your teaching. It was useful for my work. I will follow your channel always.
JenniferESL (3 months ago)
You're very welcome!
JenniferESL (3 months ago)
You're very welcome.
Shazain Amjad (3 months ago)
thanku tcf.....
JenniferESL (3 months ago)
Thank you for visiting my channel.
Javas Sylvester (3 months ago)
not to be an asshole just a thought but teaching should really be updated alot of kids arent interested in school because it feels outdated and not interesting to children including me i feel that teachers should have more energy and spice up the learning and give out rewards to kids who do good in the class and have them compete with each other or break them up in learning groups just a thought i love what your doing keep helping and inspiring the youth :)
JenniferESL (3 months ago)
Hi Javas. Indeed, teachers need to reflect and evaluate their methods. If one isn't fully in tune with who the learners are, then teaching can't be completely successful. This series on punctuation was made some time ago. I still stand behind the content, and for many learners, the presentation has been effective. Would I teach the content differently now in 2018? Most likely yes. If you're curious, you can jump around from playlist to playlist and you'll see that over the years I haven't been afraid to experiment. :) I've done games, interviews, stories, and more. I've included things from my life, from folk dancing to a bit of martial arts...all on camera. I've even played the piano in a few different lessons. http://englishwithjennifer.com/students/yt-videos/ I'm also happy knowing the I've had a range of learners watch my lessons, from middle school students to retirees. Of course, that also challenges me to appeal to everyone. Thanks for the feedback. I value your honesty.
N00B :D (5 months ago)
I learned so much. Thank you!
JenniferESL (5 months ago)
I'm happy to hear that! :)
Catire Saba (5 months ago)
I love broccoli but english is a bit complicated.
JenniferESL (5 months ago)
Do you eat broccoli raw or cooked? :) Remember to add a comma before "but" and capitalize the name of a language: I love broccoli, but English is a bit complicated.
Shawn Davy (5 months ago)
I was trying to use one of ur sentence in ur video,to form my sentence.but ur sentence say "I hope you know the address-for more exercise".but I'm wondering if you could remove the dash and if it would still be right if you never put a punctuation between "address and for"?
JenniferESL (5 months ago)
I'd omit that dash: I hope you know the address for more practice. In more formal writing, people may choose to use a colon before naming a key item or a list of items. Example: There are exercises to target different skills: writing, listening, vocabulary, and more. We use commas before "and" when what follows is a full clause. But even then, some writers omit that comma.
Shawn Davy (5 months ago)
Please tell me how I must punctuate the sentence right that the figure pointed on👉i wish you were here to see how we are living
JenniferESL (5 months ago)
I wish you were here to see how we are living.
Mr awesome cool (5 months ago)
I love the way you teach us
JenniferESL (5 months ago)
Thank you for studying with me.
Alabanza (5 months ago)
Thanks. I learned a lot!
Azka Zeeshan (6 months ago)
Plz punctuate the sentence Look ali I have a new story book
JenniferESL (6 months ago)
Look, Ali, I have a new storybook.
Samir Roumane (6 months ago)
Thann you so much ' God guide you to Islam
Sophal Sreng (7 months ago)
Thank you so much teacher for the 1st lesson.
JenniferESL (7 months ago)
You're welcome. I hope you enjoy the series. I have practice exercises on my website. :)
Maryjane Warburton (7 months ago)
can i also have the recipe for that chicken pasta
Maryjane Warburton (7 months ago)
JenniferESL thankyou. I took your advice, i watched you'r videos so much i fell asleep to them, then before my exam i ate the brocolli and i passed :D. So glad i found you'r videos, they really helped with my revision and exams.
JenniferESL (7 months ago)
Hee hee. I like pasta too. Just fry the chicken in butter and season it how you like (salt, red pepper). Throw in whatever veggies you like: green onions, broccoli, peppers, etc. Mix that in with pasta and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Yum!
Maryjane Warburton (7 months ago)
i would rather eat the broccoli than do the English exam
JenniferESL (7 months ago)
Eat the broccoli first to give your brain some power, and then you can face the exam! :)
jacqueline ringer (7 months ago)
i love it. thanks
JenniferESL (7 months ago)
You're welcome.
Sophal Sreng (8 months ago)
Dear Tutor. I am so delighted to learn English. So thank you so much for the 1st lesson. With best regards.
JenniferESL (8 months ago)
Hello. I hope you will continue to study with me. There are more exercises for this series on my website. :)
Gayatri Wagela (8 months ago)
I like it video very nice video very nice teaching Mama thank you so much😍😍
JenniferESL (8 months ago)
Thank you for studying with me, Gayatri.
Ahsan Khan (8 months ago)
Nice video learned,so many things!
Ahsan Khan (8 months ago)
JenniferESL thanks for this link its really useful for me n specially the way to teach is simply wow
JenniferESL (8 months ago)
Useful links: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF467A1F872AFF222 http://englishwithjennifer.com/store/ (free app)
Ahsan Khan (8 months ago)
JenniferESL can you help me in tense or you make video regarding this
JenniferESL (8 months ago)
Happy to hear that. :)
Nadya Omar (9 months ago)
Dear Jenni. I have a real problem with English writing... Please, I want your advice to tell me how can I improve my English writing??... I have a research paper now, the only reason that it hasn't been published , is my bad writing.
JenniferESL (9 months ago)
Hi. Please use this series to review basic punctuation patterns. There are follow-up exercises on my website. Links are in the video descriptions. More help here: http://englishwithjennifer.com/students/improve-your-writing-2/ Be sure to read regularly. This exposes you to standard patterns.
Bj Thapa (9 months ago)
Lure us with foods.
JenniferESL (9 months ago)
:) I posted a picture of apple slices on Twitter today. https://twitter.com/JLebedev_ESL
Marisol Velasquez (9 months ago)
Lovely way to teach. Thank you !
JenniferESL (9 months ago)
You're welcome.
Aman Lal (9 months ago)
Mam , how should i start learning vocabulary, please help me out.
JenniferESL (9 months ago)
Here are some tips. https://www.usalearns.org/english-vocabulary#guestArticle Online you might search for sites that teach high frequency words. There are exercises based on the Academic Word List (AWL), for example. There's also the University Word List (UWL). I use the General Service List (GSL) to build my Oral Reading Fluency texts on YouTube.
The Channel (10 months ago)
in 6:22 why we didn't use a comma before do you
JenniferESL (10 months ago)
Yes: "Do you?" is an independent clause, so it can stand alone.
The Channel (10 months ago)
but ( DO you) without the previous sentence cant stand alone. Actually, I don't know but we cant consider it as a right sentence if we use a comma right !!
JenniferESL (10 months ago)
In fact "Do you?" can stand alone as a question. There's a verb and an subject. The main verb is implied from context. Two independent clauses can't be joined by a comma alone unless we have a tag question, in which case the subjects must be the same.
The Channel (10 months ago)
I know that but I considered " do you" as dependent clause because we cant say do you and stop so I thought that I should use comma to join it with tho other independent clause
JenniferESL (10 months ago)
You may be thinking of a tag question, which is possible when the subjects of the main clause and the tag question are the same: You study English, don't you? (you = you) In the sentence at 6:22, the subjects are different. (some, you)
Vinod Kumar (10 months ago)
Dear Jennifer, Two questions, 1)Is wren and Martin highly recommended book for Grammar? 2)Is it alrite to say "May I have your name or May I take your name? "
JenniferESL (10 months ago)
Do you mean a grammar reference book? There are quite a few to choose from Azar-Hagen have a good series. Grammar in Use is another option. Both have exercises for practice.
Vinod Kumar (10 months ago)
Could you refer one book I can follow for technical user guides for global audience
Vinod Kumar (10 months ago)
Thanq Jennifer
JenniferESL (10 months ago)
Hi Vinod. I haven't reviewed that book, so I can't comment. There are many good grammar reference books out there. Look through the pages before you buy any. Be sure the explanations are clearly worded. "May I have your name, please?" - This is formal, and it sounds like it's a request by some authority or perhaps someone who needs your name to complete paperwork. "May I take your name?" is similar. I might suggest alternatives if I knew the situation you were thinking of.
Elle R. Apaytor (10 months ago)
This world needs more teachers like you!
JenniferESL (10 months ago)
Thank you for choosing to study with me. :)
Thankyou for helping me
JenniferESL (10 months ago)
You're welcome. Kind regards!
entertainment fun zone (11 months ago)
Very useful mam
JenniferESL (11 months ago)
Thank you.
Manal Dar (1 year ago)
U r so polite
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thank you for studying with me. :)
you are indeed very good..........
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thanks for the support.
Ghoula Chafik (1 year ago)
Dear Madam, you are just "terrific"!!!!!!!!!!
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thank you for the support.
laila H (1 year ago)
can you help me with how to write about any thing with correct tenses
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
You may like the app I mention on this page. http://englishwithjennifer.com/store/
Lawrie (1 year ago)
Hi, Jennifer. Thank you very much for your enlightening videos. Your happy presentation is a joy to watch and a great impetus to learn grammar skills. You have a new fan from the UK!
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thank you for choosing to study with me, Lawrie. These writing lessons have additional practice exercises on my website. All playlists: http://englishwithjennifer.com/students/yt-videos/
Jerry Boakai (1 year ago)
Hello! It's being a long time,  how are you?
Jerry Boakai (1 year ago)
I'm now  in sierra Leone doing IT curse , would you me with some tips ? thanks .
Jerry Boakai (1 year ago)
I'm fine too . I'm now  in Sierra Leone . doing IT curse ,would help me with some tips on IT? thanks .
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
I'm fine. I hope you're well, too.
Youssef Kaiss (1 year ago)
I love this channel. Thank you so much
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thanks for visiting my channel, Youssef.
**Hash- Tag** (1 year ago)
Some believe anything is possible, do you? is this correct?
**Hash- Tag** (1 year ago)
JenniferESL yes,now I'm clear. Thanks a lot. Bless you!
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
I don't think everyone would accept that as standard punctuation. You have two independent clauses, so there should be final sentence punctuation for both: Some believe anything is possible. Do you? Compare that to a tag question that shares the subject and main verb in the main clause: Some believe anything is possible, don't they? / You believe anything is possible, don't you? Hope that makes it clear.
**Hash- Tag** (1 year ago)
JenniferESL I mean we can also use a "comma" to make it a single sentence right?
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
You can write that as two sentences: Some believe anything is possible. Do you?
Thảo Lê (1 year ago)
Hello. I am Thao, i am beginner. I would like to watch all your videos from beginning but i dont know how to do because it does not shown the list (from 1st video till now). Please help me. Thank you so much
Thảo Lê (1 year ago)
JenniferESL hello. I have one more quetion. Some videos couldnt download. Example video lesson 13: how many. Please help me. Thank you Jennifer. Have a nice day :)
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Hello Thao. All my playlists are here. http://englishwithjennifer.com/students/yt-videos/ You can use a free YT downloader. All older videos are in the playlist "JenniferESL archives," but I recommend using the newer lessons. :)
Maria Marval (1 year ago)
Great! Thank you for this lesson.
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thank you for studying with me. I hope you'll watch the other lessons in this series.
Yumiichu (1 year ago)
You're a amazing teacher!
Yumiichu (1 year ago)
You''re very welcome, Mrs. Jennifer!
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thank you. :)
Yumiichu (1 year ago)
Thank you so much! I went from 0 to 50 after your lessons! I have improved so much in the past weeks, I can't even believe it. Thank you so much! Katrina~
Yumiichu (1 year ago)
I will! Thank you so much~
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
I Katrina. I'm happy to hear you're learning with me. :) Please watch other playlists, too. http://englishwithjennifer.com/students/yt-videos/ Kind wishes!
Zakaria Elmahadi (1 year ago)
good
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thank you.
Ahmedkadhim Kareem (1 year ago)
Many thanks Miss.
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
You're welcome. Have a very good day! :)
ricky M (1 year ago)
very informative videos
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thank you. All my playlists are here. https://www.youtube.com/user/JenniferESL/playlists?view=1&flow=grid
Dijonne Stricklen (1 year ago)
Thanks. for this lesson this morning thank you rescare
Jose Veiga (1 year ago)
very good...thanks
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thank you for studying with me.
Kafui Abalo (1 year ago)
thanks,for your help .
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
You're very welcome. Have a good day! :)
10M voices (1 year ago)
thanks so much
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
You're very welcome. :)
Pronoy Bala (1 year ago)
thnx 4 the video..would b gr8ful if u make lots of them about all gramar topics vital 4 writin skills
Pronoy Bala (1 year ago)
ok.....n thnx 4 the link
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Hi. I love grammar, and I'll certainly make more grammar lessons. All playlists are here. http://englishwithjennifer.com/students/yt-videos/
psychicmetaphor (1 year ago)
One minute in, and I'm already hungry
Tianze Li (1 year ago)
Thank you for the video it helps a lot
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
I'm happy to hear that. :)
your the best your very intelligent and your so nice thank you so much
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thank you for the kind support.
Joshua Angko (1 year ago)
Thank you
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
You're welcome.
John Getek (1 year ago)
ur a hot lady
Dez Hoffert (1 year ago)
This was an enjoyable video.
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
I'm happy you liked the lesson!
NOFAP Challenger (1 year ago)
I could speak English; however, I'm so bad with making my words clear and concise because I suck at writing. I hate myself and life.
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Don't be too hard on yourself. You need some practice in a friendly, supportive environment. Feel free to practice with me on FB and Simor. The links are are on this page along with some study tips. http://englishwithjennifer.com/study-tips/
Gina Z (1 year ago)
you are so lovely
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thank you for the kind words.
Hodan Mohamed (1 year ago)
thanks teacher I am Form Somalia, thanks Alot
Prince aga Villian (1 year ago)
thnkx u that helped me..
Prince aga Villian (1 year ago)
jenniffer t thnkx..
Melissa Jhones (1 year ago)
you taught me well
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
I'm so glad!
Controversy Deluxe (1 year ago)
I don't know whether to punch you, Or kiss you? You're weirdly nice! Like, completely psycho nice. Was that right?
Controversy Deluxe (1 year ago)
I don't know whether to punch you or to kiss you. At the moment I'm leaning more towards one option in particular. 😂 I'm only kidding, i think you're pretty ace jen. 😄
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
I'm getting to know your humor. ;) Well, let's just look at the statement and the punctuation, and I'll try not to think that this is the feeling I provoke in you! I don't know whether to punch you or kiss you. >> This is a statement, so it must end in a period. It's not a real question. Also, your choices are both infinitives: to punch/ to kiss. You correctly omitted the "to" the second time, but you must connect the two choices together with only the conjunction "or."
radwa yehia (1 year ago)
Dear jennifer, i want to improve my writing skill ,so i decided to write paragraphs as much as i can, so advice me please which site can check my paragraphs and correct them. I mean active learning Thanks
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Please look at this page. http://englishwithjennifer.com/book-a-lesson/
radwa yehia (1 year ago)
please, send me the schedule and more details about paid course
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Hello. Have you visited my website? Please see this page. http://englishwithjennifer.com/students/improve-your-writing-2/ Also, join me on Simor.org. I offer writing practice for free. Just a little throughout the week. You could gain more in my paid self-paced writing course. Some students then move on to private lessons for more advanced writing. :)
Meghna Bansal (1 year ago)
hello mam, I am from India . I have been preparing for objective papers since last year. Now I have an exam related to descriptive paper. I am facing a lot of difficulty in writing a short para even . please help
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
You can post short questions on Simor.org. I'm one of several teachers in the English Room. Here's a link to a webpage that might help with sentence/paragraph writing. http://englishwithjennifer.com/students/improve-your-writing-2/ There are additional writing resources listed under Students > Student Resources
Zahoor Ameen Baloch (1 year ago)
greaaattt!!!!!
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thanks! :)
Jorge Rivas (1 year ago)
I'm learning " English " ,and I'll start working on my writing with your videos.Have a good day.
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
You too. Happy holidays!
phuong tran (1 year ago)
Thank you.
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
You're welcome!
naz anwar (1 year ago)
you are so good thanks a lot.
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
Thank you for studying with me.
Skull Trooper10- (1 year ago)
Where do you live?
JenniferESL (1 year ago)
In New England. U.S.A. :)
Yanan Yan (1 year ago)
I really like this video,it is very helpful .Thank you very much !
Psygnostic (2 years ago)
I assumed it would've been written like this: "What magical power would you like to have? I've thought of a few, do you want know my answer? Guess!" Is the comma really wrong?
Psygnostic (2 years ago)
Thanks for your reply!
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Hi. Yes, the comma there would be wrong. It creates something called a comma splice. We're not supposed to join sentences (independent clauses) with only a comma. Either use a period at the end of the first or use a comma followed by a coordinating conjunction. You might like to review sentence types with the videos I have on this page: http://englishwithjennifer.com/students/improve-your-writing-2/ Kind regards!
Hadini12 4 (2 years ago)
video really helped
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Happy to hear that!
Himanshu Luthra (2 years ago)
Thank you!
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
You're welcome!
rabia ali (2 years ago)
Thank you so much for this video it really very nice video 😚
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
I'm happy you liked it. :)
Haddy Ceesay (2 years ago)
enjoy your lectures
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Thank you!
engin (2 years ago)
As I have listen to your  introduction statement for the punctuation marks, suddenly, a relief came, in to my sought and a smile on my face, and emotional comfort  had taken  all over my body.
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Enjoy your studies!
griffin heart (2 years ago)
but broccoli is my favorite food!
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Ha ha. You must be a healthy eater! :)
Zeeshan Ahmad (2 years ago)
Thank's for your 1st class.
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
You're welcome. :)
haider sapree (2 years ago)
That is Great .
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Thank you.
Chris Williams (2 years ago)
okay i,m going to watch you're videos of sentences, punctuation, and contractions. i mostly need easy ones for now until i advance.
Chris Williams (2 years ago)
thanks
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Great. Here's another page to note. http://www.englishwithjennifer.com/improve_your_writing.php Remember to follow links in my video description to try my exercises for review.
Kim Joohun (2 years ago)
best
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Thanks for the support.
mai nguyễn (2 years ago)
could you help me a question, Jennifer ? Who got the paint out ? what does that mean ? the difference between get and take ???
mai nguyễn (2 years ago)
+JenniferESL Thank you Jennifer so much .
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Calling someone back - - All are polite, but COULD YOU is more polite in a request. I don't suggest "would you" in that question. Bringing the book - - Both are fine, but it would be more polite to use "please" in both. "Would you" also sounds more polite.
mai nguyễn (2 years ago)
+JenniferESL help me one more question? For example: can you call back later ? Could you call back later ? Would you call back later ? I don't understand when is can, could, would... What does that mean ? Can you bring me that book ? Would you that book ? What does that mean ? How to use can, could, would in the questions
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Hello. "Who got the paint out?" This sounds like someone took the paint out of a closet or room and intended to use it. GET is about obtaining and receiving. TAKE is more active and less passive. A child could get an award. That means someone gave him the award. Another child could take a cookie from a plate. It was his action and his decision to have the cookie.
Chris Williams (2 years ago)
So if i we're to set an example of how my writing skills looks would it, look like This? or doe's it need work.
Chris Williams (2 years ago)
i guess im gonna subscribe and watch your videos  i need help with main ideas sentences vocabulary and puncuations and spelling
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Useful links for review: http://www.englishwithjennifer.com/improve_your_writing.php http://www.englishwithjennifer.com/exercises.php (Scroll down to Writing Skills).
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Good luck!
Chris Williams (2 years ago)
mabe you can help me.
Chris Williams (2 years ago)
Thanks i,m trying to improve my english writing to obtain my ged.
maximo hernandez (2 years ago)
Thanks for your lesson ! Beautiful teacher.
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
You're very welcome.
Anil Mishra (2 years ago)
In the lession english writing skill, you have mentioned a sentence :Would you agree? I want to know the difference between "Would you agree and Do you agree ."
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
WOULD YOU...? is more polite. Also, recall in conditional statements how we differentiate between real and unreal. If you saw a UFO, would you report it? - - This is hypothetical and unlikely. / If you see a person in need of help, do you take action? - - This is a reference to real situations.
Dj Hott (2 years ago)
This was really helpful !
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Happy to hear that.
12oad (2 years ago)
Hello dear, respectfull Mrs. Jennifer! I'm grammar hungry again! :) I've experienced this problem in English over the last months -- Preposition usage. E.g.: He has mastery in/of English skills. For non-native English speakers, it's hard to make the right decision when it comes to prepositions. I hope to see from you a topic on this, because you're a great teacher! Regards, Iura
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Hello Iura. Prepositions are tricky. I have a playlist of lessons to help you learn their meanings an common uses. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfQSN9FlyB6TT9yUCjC6QLTMphzLq2Ay0 You can always check a particular phrase in a learner's dictionary. http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/mastery Good luck!
12oad (2 years ago)
Hello, Mrs. Jennifer! :) Please help: - This means everything to I - This means everything to me - This means everything to myself Which one are correct? Thanks
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Hello. TO ME is correct. (TO + object pronoun)
rucker369 (2 years ago)
At 8:50 of the video, I see the first 2 thoughts in the command form "find" and "talk".  Those types of sentences always confuse me
rucker369 (2 years ago)
Thank you so much for responding. That helped make it clearer for me. Also, I thank you for your videos; very helpful and generous
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Imperative sentences (which express a command or instruction) use the base verb. The subject "you" is understood. (You) find a partner and talk. You might like this short review of sentence types. http://www.englishwithjennifer.com/improve_your_writing.php
Dear Prof, it's I again: I was hopping if I might dare ask you a question . Are these correct ? And, about the punctuation ? -Complex sentence: If I were she, I would get that opportunity, unless she were completely stupid. ( 2 DC + 1 IC) -Compound complex sentence: If I were she, I would get that opportunity , and I would resign. ( 1 DC e 2 IC) -Compound complex sentence: If I were she, I would get that opportunity ; therefore, I would resign. (with conjunctive adverb) Please, I do apologise for disturbing you. I pay my respects to you. Andrea
+JenniferESL I'm going to watch it. Thank you
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Hi Andrea. I generally agree with how you labeled the sentences. The wording is a little hard to follow, however. Most Americans would say, "If I were her." If I were her, I would get that opportunity. -- The stupidity factor is a little unclear. Maybe: If I were her, I would take that opportunity, unless it cost too much. / If I were her and if no payment were required, I would take that opportunity. Did you see the task I posted yesterday on FB? https://www.facebook.com/englishwithjenniferlebedev/
Jayson Dasco (2 years ago)
Thank you very much, It helps me a lot. I hope it will help me for my PTE examination. Thank you again and Godbless
Jayson Dasco (2 years ago)
+JenniferESL Wow! You really replied, I'm not expecting that, anyway. I have to finish all your writing videos first. Thank you for sharing your knowledge for us, May God bless you more. 😄
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Here are additional resources. http://www.englishwithjennifer.com/improve_your_writing.php http://www.englishwithjennifer.com/exercises.php
Saeed Chabavi (2 years ago)
i like the way that you speak it"s really clear and interesting ! thanks for your help
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Hello Saeed. Thank you for studying with me. :)
12oad (2 years ago)
Mrs. Jennifer, please, check out http://www.edufind.com/english-grammar/comma/ at "A Series of Independent Clauses". What I've learned from you, is that we ought to avoid "comma splices". On the other hand, edufind.com shows that comma splices (a series of independent clauses) are gramatically right to use. I'm confused. Please reply, thanks. _________ Another Q.: Is it correct to say "I've studied thirty-forty days" or "thirty to forty" ? One more: "A bright red dress." Fact is, "bright" modifies "red". Now, from Guide2Grammar, I know that only adverbs can modify adjectives, but Edufind.com told that this example's "bright" is an Adj. modifying "red", another Adj. Isn't this crazy ? :)
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
That's a shame. No teacher should make a learner feel that way. A student needs to be in a supportive environment with positive conditions for taking risks. I once had a professor make me feel awful about my first assignment for him. It angers me to this day because I was honestly trying. I just needed more guidance, perhaps the kind I hadn't had before. I'm glad you know at least one of your strengths - - reading. I'm sure you have others. :) Here are some corrections to study. Compare my version to yours. As you go through this series, you should understand the changes I made. There are more videos on sentence structure on my website. www.englishwithjennifer.com > English Students > Improve Your Writing I have struggled a lot with my spelling and punctuation. When I was in school, the teachers where poor and did not understand my condition, and one even made fun of me.  However, my reading is good, I think.
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
As for the adjective "bright," first remember that colors can also be nouns. So I can say like bright red and dark green. There we have adjectives modifying nouns. I think if someone were to diagram a sentence like "She wore a bright red dress," they'd have to label "bright" and "red" as adjectives that modify "dress." I think it might be seen as a collocations, a set phrase that is often used. Good question!
12oad (2 years ago)
I see, I understand, and I will try to remember that ;) Ps: I've modified my previous message. Please reply to what's below "Another Q.".
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
I'd write: I've studied 30-40 days (in informal writing). More formally, you can write: I have studied between thirty to forty days. Comma splices join independent clauses without a conjunction: I studied, I didn't learn much. CORRECT: I studied, but I didn't learn much. You can create a series of clauses as you do with nouns, adjectives or other grammatical units. However, the conjunction AND or OR must be used before the final item: I studied, I memorized facts, but in the end I didn't learn much.
LaydeeTré (2 years ago)
Thanks for sharing :)
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
Thanks for watching!
prendy davis (2 years ago)
Thanks to you for this lesson.
JenniferESL (2 years ago)
You're welcome.

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