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In this lesson, I'll show you how.火龙果智能写作
This is the most common English mistake around the world.火龙果智能写作
If you're just learning to speak English, then it's okay to make this mistake.火龙果智能写作
I'll forgive you.
But if you've been speaking English for 10 or 20 years,火龙果智能写作
and you're making this mistake,
then that's a problem.
And you look like an idiot speaking English.
So the most common mistake people make is that they don't use articles.火龙果智能写作
They say things like, "I want to buy new car."
他们会说 I want to buy new car
It's wrong because the word 'car' is a noun,
and so we need the word "a" here.
I want to buy a new car.
So what is an article?
In English, we have three words that we call articles, "A, an, the
英语中有三个冠词 aan the火龙果智能写作
These words always come before nouns.
So if you see one of these words, you know that a noun is coming.
It might come right after the article.
The dog is hungry.
But you could also say, "The big brown dog is hungry."
So in that case, there are a few words between the article and the noun.
The big brown dog, the word dog is a noun.
So, we need to use one of these words.
This seems quite easy.
There are only three articles in English.
So why is this such a common mistake?
It's such a common mistake because many languages around the world don't have articles.
Major languages, like Chinese or Hindi, they don't have articles.
That's why they make this mistake SO many times.
Another mistake that people make is they use an article when they shouldn't use an article
So look at this sentence, "I can speak the English."火龙果智能写作
I've heard this so many times!
But it's wrong.
We don't use the word "the", you can just say "I can speak English."
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But this is a noun, English is a noun, so we should use an article, right
Well, look at this sentence here.
Barnacles live in salt water and attach themselves to hard surfaces.
Okay, here we have three nouns but no articles!
Look, we have barnacles, water and surfaces.火龙果智能写作
But we don't have any articles!