“Some” vs “Any” – Quantifiers – (Grammar Lesson)

The Quantifiers, “Some” vs “Any”

(Grammar Lesson)


The use of these Quantifiers – “Some” vs “Any” are used with both Countable and Un-Countable Nouns, and are often used in very similar sentences.

They can be used to refer to a non-specific amount of one, all, every, some, none, or a non-specific type of the noun they are referring to.


To See How They Relate To Slamming Beers With your Friends…


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Or, a couple of girls doing some awesome Kung Fu moves…


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(Or risk the loss of beer and the addition of a backwards kick right in the face…  Just kidding.  But you should still read it anyways.)


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Concerned vs Worried


(To Be)

“Concerned” vs “Worried”


Both of these words, in this form, are Stative Verbs, which describe very similar states.  In fact, if you look them up in various dictionaries, you will probably find that each word is defined with the other.  However, this is not actually correct.


To Find Out Why…

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(I Promise, There Is Nothing To Be Concerned Or Worried About…  This is Not Click-Bait)

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You can find more similar words that are commonly mistaken on the “This” vs “That” Page of The GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! – Lexis Portal


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“Today’s Tid-Bit” – The Word “Mug”


(Word Of The Day)  “Mug”


(This post is a re-fresh of one of the first posts that was ever published on GiveMeSomeEnglish!!!… and as such, had fallen down such a deep crack, that it took three years to find it after many many re-arrangements of the entire GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Universe.  So, here it is again, up-dated, and rejuvenated for your entertainment and learning pleasure.)


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(Or You’re Gonna Get “Mugged”!!!…  I’m Kidding, You Can Read It If You Want To…  Or Don’t)


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(to be able to) “Afford” (something)


– (to be able to) “Afford” (something) –


According to many dictionaries, to be able to Afford something simply means: to have enough money to pay for it.  However, this is an incredibly over-simplified definition, which is ultimately not true.


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To Find Out The Full Story…

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Why Traditional TOEFL Preparation Courses May Be A Bad Idea

Part 1 – “The Problem”


Traditional TOEFL Preparation Courses May Be A Waste Of Your Time And Money


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I‘m sure that this post won’t win me any new friends in the “traditional” language instruction community, but frankly speaking, I don’t give a damn.

The reasons that make taking TOEFL preparation courses at a “traditional” language school a POTENTIALLY bad idea, are some of the same reasons that make taking ANY course at a “traditional” schoolPOTENTIAL waste of your money – and, consequently, are the main reasons for me leaving that world of “instruction” behind.


Be Advised

I do not deny that some traditional instruction methods and text-books are excellent for many people.  And that is great… for them.  (Those people know who they are, and probably do not make up a huge percentage of GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! readers.)

But for those who struggle in traditional class-room settings, or who become frustrated by the extreme differences in the levels of each individual in the class (which either slows the class down or leaves others behind), the traditional class-room setting – along with the text-books and teaching methods – definitely leave much to be desired.  If you are – or think you may be – one of those people, read on…  This message if for you! :)


SO WHY ARE THEY A “BAD” IDEA?

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(It Just Might Save You A Lot Of Money)


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Grammar Lesson – Singular and Plural Nouns


Singular and Plural Nouns


 A Singular Noun refers to only one person, place or thing, event or idea.  And, a Plural Noun refers to any number of items that are more than one.


Changing from Singular to Plural Form

In most cases, to make a Singular Noun into a Plural Noun, one only needs to add an “s” or an “es” combination to the end of the word.


However, this does not work in every situation.  For a thorough explanation of Singular and Plural Nouns…

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(I Promise, No Click Bait…  Just Authentic English)


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Aphorism: “We’ll Cross That Bridge When We Come To It”


“We’ll Cross That Bridge When We Come To It”

(Aphorism)


Today’s “Tid-Bit” is an idiomatic aphorism which is used to calm someone who is worried about some situation in the future, when there is absolutely nothing that can be done about it in the present – and that simply worrying about it, either does no good, or can potentially be detrimental to the present situation.


“Oh My Gosh!  I just found out that a comet could hit the Earth and bring the destruction of civilization as we know it!!!

What Are We Gonna DOOOOOOOOOOO!!!?!?!?!!???!?!??!?!?

~

Well, there’s nothing we can do about it now…  We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.”

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(“Damn… No Place To Skate”)


For more examples and an explanation of how to properly use this phrase…

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(I Promise, No Click Bait…  That Is A Bridge I Never Want To Cross)


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The Long A Pronunciation – (Like You’ve Never It Heard Before)


The “Problem” of The Long A Pronunciation

(This post is the follow-up to a previous post about The Pronunciation Of The Letter A)


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Okay, so the problem is not actually with The Long A Pronunciation –  but is, in fact, in the world of English language instruction.  And this problem is (from my experiential observation) that absolutely every text-book, almost all teachers, and virtually every organization which is set up to to teach the English language, lacks or suppresses the use of critical thinking – based upon experiential knowledge, and strengthened by actual observation, when it comes to the teaching of the English language.

This is not a new problem, but it certainly is a continuing problem.  And as I have only become aware of this problem through my immersion in language teaching – meaning that I didn’t go to school to get a degree in English philology or linguistics or any other related degree – I don’t know if anyone in “higher” education even talks about this problem…  (however I highly doubt it, as it seems that they prefer to avoid problems as much as possible…  especially if it would mean that they would have to make some changes.)


But here it is…


 There is not only one “Long A” sound…  There are, in fact, three…

That’s right.  There are three different ways to pronounce The Long A.


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Industry Terminology – (one’s) “Higher-Ups”


(one’s) “Higher-Ups”

(Industry Terminology)


Today’s “Tid-Bit” comes from the “Industry Terminology” section of the GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! – Lexis Portal and also happens to fall in the category of “Yer Ing-Glish Sux!!!”.

The idiomatic Phrasal-Noun (one’s) Higher-Ups is an old phrase used to describe the people in an organization, or company which have authority over others.  Unfortunately this phrase has also been around long enough that some people use this phrase to talk about members of society in the same way.


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To Find Out Why This Term SUX!!!…

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“Today’s Tid-Bit” – (to be) Clear-Cut


“…Clear-Cut…”

(Idiomatic Phrasal-Adjectival)


Today’s “Tid-Bit”:  (to be)*Clear-Cut* (as in: a decision / an answer / some information) is an idiomatic Phrasal-Adjective which means:  Something which is very is very “clear” / understandable / simple / decisive / etc. without the possibility for the decision / answer / information to be mis-construed or mis-understood in any way.


“He made a very *clear-cut* decision.”


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“When George made the mistake of asking The Soup Nazi for a piece of free bread to go with his soup, not only was refused the bread but The Soup Nazi  made the *clear-cut* decision to refuse George ANY kind of service.”


For An Explanation With Plenty Of Examples Of This Idiomatic Phrasal-Adjective…

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(I Promise, No Click-Bait…  And If That’s Not “Clear-Cut”…  Then You Should Read The Full Post)


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