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I am a second year student in economics, but i have been learning english since i was 7 years old.
Experience: 0 years
In this lesson you will learn the basics.
The verb TO BE:
Full form Short form
I am I'm
you are you're
he,she,it is he,she, it's
we were we're
you were you're
they were they're
We also have a negative form:
I am not
You are not
He,she,it Is not (isn't - short form)
We are not
You are not (aren't - short form)
They are not
There are only three articles in the English language: a, an and the.
Their actual use is a complex one especially when you get into the advanced English. Quite often you have to work by what sounds right, which can be frustating for a learner.
We usually use no articles when we talk about things in general. - The doesn't mean all.
For example: "Books are expensive." = ( All books are expensive)
"The book are expensive."= ( Not all the books are expensive, just the ones i am talking about.)
A and AN:
A and AN are the indefinite articels. They refer to something not specifically known to the person you are communicating with.
You use a when the noun you are referring to begins with a consonant.
You use an when the noun you are referring to begins with a vowel.
For example: "I saw an elephant at the zoo."
" I ate a banana for lunch."
You use The when you know that the listener knows or can work out what particular person/thing you are talking about.
For example: " The apple you ate was rotten."
" Did you lock the car."
You should also use the when you have already mentioned the thing you are talking about.
For example: " She's got two children; a girl and a boy. The girl's eight and the boy's fourteen."
We also use the when we know there is only one of a paricular thing.
For example: "The Sun, The Wind, The World, The North Pole.."
However if you want to describe a particular instance of these you should use a/an.
For example: "I could hear the wind. / There is a cold wind blowing."
" What are your plans for the future? / She has a promising future ahead of her."
That is all for today.. Stay tuned for other lessons.