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How to use WEAR and PUT ON - English verbs (Video + more!)

English student question! What's the difference between "wear" and "put on?" Watch this video and learn to use these English verbs correctly in natural English conversation!

In my years of experience teaching English as a second language I have been asked lots of great English questions. Questions that I think might be helpful for other English students too. 

Recently my student and I were practicing a conversation from a textbook, the conversation was about a  snowboarding lesson. In the example, the snowboarding school said: “You need to wear a helmet during the lesson.”

My student asked me the difference between wear and put on. 

Wear a jacket - Put on a jacket

It’s a great question
They seem to have a similar meaning but are they used the same way?

My student asked me “Could you also say you need to put on a helmet?”
What do you think? Is it okay? Let me give you the meaning of wear and put on and see if you can find the answer.

Here are the definitions from Oxford Learner’s

wear (verb) to have something on your body as a piece of clothing, a decoration, etc.
She was wearing a new coat.
Do I have to wear a tie?
Was she wearing her seatbelt?
He wore glasses.
All delegates must wear a badge.
She always wears black

put on (phrasal verb) to dress yourself in something
Hurry up and put your coat on! We’re going to miss the train!

You must wear a helmet - 
= You must have a helmet on

You must put on a helmet - 
= You must dress yourself in a helmet

Here is the example from the textbook again
“You need to wear a helmet during the lesson.” What’s the important word here?

during (preposition) all through a period of time
What’s the period of time in this sentence? It’s the lesson! If the lesson is 30 minutes it means for the whole 30 minutes. If the lesson is an hour it means for the whole hour. 

You can have a helmet on for an hour but you wouldn’t dress yourself in a helmet for an hour.

So “You need to put on a helmet during the lesson.” is not a good fit. We wouldn’t say this in natural conversation.

Here are some natural examples using the phrasal verb put on.
“You need to put on a helmet before the lesson.”

“I’ll give you a ride on my motorcycle. Put on a helmet and let's go!” (Do it now)

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Good AT or Good WITH? - Confusing English (VIDEO + more!)

Do you need to say 
"Good at..." or "Good with..." 
in your sentence? Which is correct? Watch here and learn how to use these natural English expressions.

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 ↓ with these helpful slides from the video!

Greg is good at fixing cars. Greg is good with cars.

Good at is most often followed by a verb ~

"Greg is good at fixing cars."
(fix is a verb)

and good with is followed by a noun ~

"Greg is good with cars."
(cars is a noun)

With ‘good at’ the verb will be in it’s gerund form. (+ing)

With ‘good at’ the verb will be in it’s gerund form. (+ing)

You may have also heard examples like this.
"My cousin is really good at soccer. He has been playing since he was 4 years old."

This is the same as saying:

"My cousin is really good at playing soccer. He has been playing since he was 4 years old."

When we say good at a sport or good at a subject, the gerund form of the verb is understood, so we don’t need to include it.

I’m good at baseball. I can play any position on the field.
= I’m good at playing baseball.

Subjects too!
Victor is good at math. He always gets an ‘A’ in math class.

She’s good at sports.
She’s good with people.
good with people = easy to get along with others - friendly

I’m good at writing software. \ I’m good with computers.

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Add the word ‘not’ before good.

She’s not good with people.

He’s not good at geography.

I’m not good with numbers.

We’re not good at baseball.

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Do you know when to use MUCH? ...when to use MANY? In this video I'll explain how with natural English examples!

Helpful slides from the video ↓

In English we use the words MUCH and MANY to show there is a large amount of something.
MUCH is used with nouns we cannot count. For Example
  • Smoke
  • Water
  • Money

*MUCH is most often used in negative sentences. Too much or not much of something.

Saying “I have much money.” is not natural.

I drank too much beer last night at the party!

Kyle would like to travel more, but he doesn't have much money.

MANY is used with the plural forms of nouns we can count. 
For Example:

  • Cars
  • Sunglasses
  • People

I have many apps on my iPhone.
*Apps is the plural form of the countable noun ‘app.’ It’s short for a software application.

There are many people on this train.

There are too many cars on the road. 
Public transportation is better for the environment.

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Uncountable nouns
rice - music
sand - electricity
luck - coffee
advice - traffic
bread - weather

Countable nouns
apple- song
beach - school
accident - cup
umbrella - bike
cloud - jacket

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5 Phrasal Verbs used with "GO" (+ VIDEO, 5 presentation style slides and 10 examples!)

Learn 5 Phrasal Verbs used with "GO," + lots of example sentences!  

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Go out - to go outdoors; to leave one's house;
to take part in social activities

A: "Where's Donnie?"
B: "I'm not sure. He went out about 20 minutes ago but he said he'd be back soon."
= he left the house about 20 minutes ago

"I'm bored, let's go out!" = let's do something fun, be social

Go away - to move or travel away from 
a person or place

"If he's bothering you tel him to go away." = tell him to go to another place (to not be here)

A: "Any plans this summer?"
B: "My family and I will go away for the long weekend."
= we will travel on the long weekend

Go for - to have or achieve something

"If you want it, go for it!" = do what you need to do in order to have or achieve something

"He'll be going for his third straight Olympic gold medal."

Go down - to become lower in level; to decrease

"Food prices have gone down recently." = the cost of food is lower than before

A: "How was your vacation?"
B: "It was great! I sat on the beach and watched the sun go down every night."

Go on - to last for a particular period of time; to
continue doing something [+ ~ing verb]

"Please go on with what you're doing and don't let me interrupt you."
= Please continue what you are doing

"My boss's speech seemed to go on forever." = the speech lasted a long time

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