207 – It vs This & That for Reference – English Grammar Lesson

207 - It vs This & That for Reference - English Grammar Lesson

It’s a great movie!

We use It, this, and that to refer back to something that was just mentioned, talked about, or written. However, they way we use them is different. For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at how they are used in everyday English.

Here are the example sentences:
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Using “it”

  • I went to Jack’s party last night. It was so much fun. It replaces “Jack’s party.”
  • We are planning a trip to Asia. It will be about three weeks long. It replaces “a trip to Asia.”
  • Have you ever seen Casablanca? It’s a great movie. It replaces “Casablanca.”

Compare these two sentences:

  • I went to Jack’s party last night. It was so much fun.
  • I went to Jack’s party last night. That was an amazing party. The food was great and everyone had a great time.

Using “this” or “that”

  • We are planning a trip to Asia. This will be the first time for both of us to visit China, Japan and Korea.
  • Have you ever seen Casablanca? That is probably one of the most classic films of the last century.

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196 Anything, Nothing, Anyone, & No One – Vocabulary Lesson

196 Anything, Nothing, Anyone, & No One - Vocabulary Lesson

They didn’t find anything they liked.

Anything, nothing, anyone & no one are four words that can be problematic for a lot of English learners. For today’s English lesson, let’s check out how we use these four in everyday English.

Here are the example sentences:

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How to use anything:

  • I didn’t eat anything for breakfast.
  • We thought it was strange that Tom didn’t say anything to his boss.
  • Did Cathy find anything on sale at the store?

How to use nothing:

  • I ate nothing for breakfast.
  • We thought it was strange that Tom said nothing to his boss.
  • Cathy said she found nothing on sale at the store.

How to use anyone:

  • I didn’t see anyone in the meeting room at 3:00.
  • I couldn’t find anyone to take care of my dog when I go on vacation.
  • Does Cathy know anyone who still uses CDs?

How to use no one:

  • I saw no one in the meeting room at 3:00.
  • I found no one to take care of my dog when I go on vacation.
  • Cathy said she knows no one who still uses CDs.

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Learn English Grammar With Cartoons! Your vs You’re

Our friends over at Kaplan International have come up with an other awesome cartoon to help you learn English grammar. Grammar through cartoons! What an amazing and fun way to learn.

This episode looks at your and you’re, which are two words with the same sound, but a totally different meaning. In fact, this is quite aneasy grammar mistake to make. You know, the internet is full of examples of people mixing up these two words. You don’t want to be in that group, do you? Check out the cartoon and learn this very important English grammar point!
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