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Everyday English - No VS. Any

No VS. Any

We can use any/anything/anybody to mean 'it doesn't matter which/what/who'
Please read the following examples:
"There was no bus so I had to take a taxi home."

"You can take any bus. They will all take you to the shopping center." = it doesn't matter which bus you take, they will all take you to the shopping center.
"Any bus is okay."

A: "Would you like something to eat?"
B:"Nothing for me thanks. I just had a hamburger so I'm not hungry."

"That test was so hard! I bet nobody passed." = I think everyone failed.
"I thought the test was easy. Anybody could pass that test." = It doesn't matter who they were, they could have passed.

"I passed! I passed!"

Everyday English ~ No & None III・Nobody/no-one - nothing - nowhere (with video!)

Nobody/no-one - nothing - nowhere

These words can be used at the beginning of a sentence or you can use them by themselves as answers to questions. (Just like none!)

Please read the following examples:

"I knocked on the door but no-one answered. 
Maybe nobody was home."

A: "What did you do yesterday?"
B: "Nothing. I was too tired."

A: "Where will you go during the summer holiday?"
B: "Nowhere. I will stay home and save money."

“This road goes nowhere.”

Be careful of this common mistake:
We don’t use nobody/nothing/nowhere with a negative verb - isn't/didn't/can't etc.

Look at these examples:

"I saw nothing." NOT I didn't see nothing.

"I may change jobs this summer but I need to keep it a secret. No-one can know." NOT No-one can't know.

English Idiom: out of nowhere
~ appearing suddenly, without warning.

When we were camping a bear came out of nowhere and scared us!

It was a nice day and suddenly dark clouds 
and rain came out of nowhere.

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Everyday English - No & None part 2 - None OF (something)

We learned in my earlier blog that none is a pronoun so we don’t use it with a noun. However we can say 'none of’ something. Please look at the following examples:

"My brother has many sweaters! There are 6 sweaters in our closet and none of them are mine."

Remember after none of we will use plural countable nouns 
(more than 1) - none of the people, none of them etc.

"I want to go to the mall on Christmas, but none of the stores are open." - 'Stores' are plural.

"I invited 4 friends from my soccer team to my party but none of them are coming. They're playing in a school tournament on Saturday." - 'Them' = 4 friends (more than 1)

We can also use uncountable nouns with none of.

There was a big earthquake in March, 
luckily none of my furniture was damaged.

Furniture is an uncountable noun. It has no plural - furnitures 

 We just received feedback from our customer survey. Unfortunately none of it is good.

Feedback is also an uncountable noun. It has no plural - feedbacks

Idiom - Second to none = The best. Better than everything else. My mom bakes the best chocolate chip cookies in the world! They’re second to none! 

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Everyday English - How to use No & None (Updated for 2018!)

Everyday English - How to use No & None

Everyday English - How to use No & None
One of the ways we use the word “NO” is as 
a determiner that means ~
 not one; not any; not a

We use “NO” with a noun
Please listen to the following examples:

"In Canada, there are no stores open on Christmas day." = there aren't any stores open.

I had toothpaste but no toothbrush!

“After I got to the hotel I looked in my suitcase. I had toothpaste but no toothbrush!” = I didn't have a toothbrush 

"It was 1:00 am when I left the party so there was no bus service. I had to take a taxi home." = there wasn't a bus. 


The sign said no dogs allowed. = There can't be any dogs here. 


“NONE” is as a pronoun that means ~ 
not one of a group of people or things; not any
We use 'none' without a noun.
Please read the following examples:

"The donuts were gone when I got to work this morning! There were none left."
= there weren’t any donuts 

no and none

This English expression is used to describe a person who has dabbled in many skills, rather than gaining expertise by focusing on one.


dabble - verb - to take part in a sport, an activity, etc. but not very seriously
“She is a talented musician but happy to just dabble.”

None is a pronoun so it can be used by itself
as an answer to a question.

A: "How much money do you have?"
B: "None. I spent everything I had at the coffee shop."

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Helpful English - Superlatives

Last we have superlatives. Superlatives are used to compare three or more objects, people, or places.
"The Empire Strikes Back is the most exciting movie of the Star Wars series." - This is comparing 6 movies.
"This blog is the greatest English learning blog in the world!" - This comparing all the blogs in the world.
The way to use superlative adjectives is similar to the way we use comparative adjectives.
For a one-syllable word simply add the –est to the end of the word.
Big – Biggest (sometimes we need to double the last consonant)
If the one syllable word ends with an “e” you only need to add an -st.
If a two-syllable word ends with a “y” then change the “y” to “I” and add -est.
Pretty – prettiest

If an adjective has two or three syllables we put most or least in front. 
"She is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen!"
"Winter is my least favorite season."
"Giraffe's have the longest neck of all the animals."

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Helpful English - Comparison IV

Here is one more comparative form that is common in spoken English.
Before when we used adjectives to compare 2 things the adjectives would change or we would add more.
big - bigger / good - better / expensive - more expensive
When we use AS......AS to compare 2 things the adjective does not change. Please read the following examples:
"She's twice as old as her husband."
"He's not as stupid as he looks!"
"Part 2 of a movie is never as good as the first one."
"Russian is not quite as difficult as Chinese."
Make some of your own example sentences using!

"I'm almost as good in history as in math."

Helpful English - Comparison III

Here are two of the most important exceptions to the comparison rules we have learned so far.
good - adjective
better - comparative
"This cell phone is better than that one. "
"I am better at tennis than my brother."

bad - adjective
worse - comparative
"His German is worse than mine."

"Peter's singing is worse than Ben's."

"I am much better at tennis than my brother!"

Helpful English - Comparison II

Notice we use than after the adjective if there are 2 subjects.
"Mike is taller than my brother." Mike and my brother are the subjects.
"The book is usually more interesting than the movie." In this sentence the 2 subjects are the book and the movie.
If the sentence has only 1 subject the word 'than' isn't needed.
"Robert is thinner since he stopped drinking beer." - This means "thinner than before he stopped drinking.." but than is not needed.
A: "I think I'm pretty strong."
B: "I think I'm stronger."
Make your own example sentences using comparative form.
Ex: I'm smarter than my brother.


"Let's see who is stronger!"

Helpful English - Comparison I

This week let's look at English comparative form. I did a quick version 2 weeks ago but I wanted to explain in more detail and give more examples. Comparative form of very useful when we describe things in conversation.
-Mike is taller than my brother.
The book is usually more interesting than the movie.
Taller and more interesting are comparative form.
Here is a simple rule for using adjectives to compare two things.
One Syllable Adjectives
add '-er' to end of the adjective.
Example: cheap - cheaper / hot - hotter / high - higher
"Yesterday was hotter than today."
"This computer is cheaper than that computer."
Two Syllable Adjectives Ending in '-y'
add '-ier' to end of the adjective.
Example: happy - happier / friendly - friendlier
"I am happier than you. "
"Scott is friendlier than Fred."
Other 2-syllable adjectives and adjectives with 3 or more syllables
use more + the adjective.
Example: interesting - careful / more careful more interesting / difficult - more difficult
"The shopping malls are always more crowded just before Christmas."
"Tokyo is more expensive than Toronto."

"Mandarin Chinese is more difficult to learn than English."
"The town square is usually more crowded than this."

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