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    Default I don't know how to learn english.

    Hello
    My name is Mehran .I am iranian and i wanna learn english in 6 month.

    What can i do.Plz guide me.
    Thanks alot

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    6 months is a very short time. To maximise your progress, you should take every opportunity to practise- do you have English speakers you can communicate with? (If not, you can use forums like this, etc). Are you studying it at a college or schools? Do you have coursebooks to help you, a dictionary, a grammar?

    OK- a few quick tips for online learning-
    Dictionaries
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    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary.html


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    Default Re: I don't know how to lear english.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehran
    Hello
    My name is Mehran .I am iranian and i wanna learn english in 6 month.

    What can i do.Plz guide me.
    Thanks alot
    OK, here are some corrections- Iranian should have a capital letter- all nationality words do, so English should, too. I is written with a capital letter. 'wanna' is not used in formal English- it is very colloquial, try 'want to' instead, although it's OK for e-mails. 'A lot' is two words. Post more messages and see what you can learn.

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    Me again!

    which of the following is correct?

    1. ".... is acceptable to Indian" or "..... is acceptable to the Indian"

    2. "I'm a Chinese" or "I'm Chinese".


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    Quote Originally Posted by ExK
    1. ".... is acceptable to Indian" or "..... is acceptable to the Indian"

    2. "I'm a Chinese" or "I'm Chinese".
    1 = "... is acceptable to the Indian."

    2 = "I'm Chinese"
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    oops ....

    how to tell whether an 'article' is required ? :(

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    When you use "The", it refers to a definite, particular object or person.

    Using "A" refers to no particular object or person.

    In your example:

    "... is acceptable to Indian" = Incorrect, because you are using the Zero Article to refer to a specific person. If you wish to use this form, you could say "acceptable to Indian people", but that changes the meaning of the sentence.

    "... is acceptable to the Indian" = Correct, because you are using the Definite Article to talk about a definite (specific) person, though it is more common to use "acceptable to the Indian people".

    "I'm a Chinese" = Incorrect, because you are using the Indefinite Article. We use the indefinite article to talk about "one" person that is not a specific person. We need to add a noun after "Chinese" if we use "a". EG: He is a Chinese person from Shang Hai - not any specific Chinese person.

    "I'm Chinese" = Correct, because you are using the Zero Article to suggest that your nationality is Chinese, and therefore you are part of the group of people who are Chinese.


    See also: http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/article.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    "I'm a Chinese" = Incorrect
    Er, I beg to differ. “I’m a Chinese” is perfectly okay. Here, “Chinese” means “Chinese person”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwendolinest
    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    "I'm a Chinese" = Incorrect
    Er, I beg to differ. “I’m a Chinese” is perfectly okay. Here, “Chinese” means “Chinese person”.

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    Perfectly okay, but likely in terms of how we speak?

    To me, it doesn't sound very natural, though we may say it is grammatical.



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    Quote Originally Posted by gwendolinest
    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    "I'm a Chinese" = Incorrect
    Er, I beg to differ. “I’m a Chinese” is perfectly okay. Here, “Chinese” means “Chinese person”.

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    If someone said “I’m a Chinese” to me, I'd be inclined to ask them "Chinese what?". I see it the same way as if someone said "I'm a English."

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