銀座・新宿・仙台の英会話スクール ステージライン新宿 受付のANです。
On September 21st podcast, Ben and Greg answer three questions from the listeners.
The first question they looked at was from Ai-san: “How do I use ‘a few’ and ‘a little’?”
Ben explained that you use ‘a little’ with uncountable words and ‘a few’ with plurals.
For example, “I have a little friends” would be incorrect. The correct phrase would be
“I have a few friends.” “There is a few water in the glass” is incorrect. The correct phrase
would be “There is a little water in the glass”.
Question number two was: “What is the difference between ‘except’ and ‘without’?” Ben explained
that even native speakers sometimes have trouble with this. ‘Except’ has the meaning of excluding
while ‘without’ has the meaning of the absence of something or someone – or not using someone or
something. “I like all vegetables without celery” would be incorrect. If you dislike only celery
you should say: “I like all vegetables except celery.” Also, “Everyone had fun except me” means
私以外、皆、楽しい時間を過ごしました while “Everyone had fun without me” would mean 私抜きで、皆、
The final question looked at the difference between ‘every day’ and ‘everyday’. Greg explained
that ‘every day’ is used to talk about things that are routine or normal while ‘everyday’ is an
adjective. You could say: “I study everyday English every day.” This would mean 私は日常英会話を毎日勉強しています。
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