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    How do I say that I teach English to a boy?

    Ok so even though my own English isn't superb, there is this boy who speaks nearly no English at all and whose parents hired me to help him with his english.

    Now, how do I say that? Check the following phrases. Are they 100% okay? If not, suggest better versions.

    I'm teaching English to a boy. (Or present simple? )
    I teach a boy English.
    I tutor a boy in English.
    I tutor English to a boy.
    I give private English lessons to a boy.

    ...the boy that I teach English to...
    ...the boy whom I teach English...
    ...the boy whom I tutor in English...
    ...the boy whom I'm giving private English lessons?...

    For some reason, none of these sound right to me. Google doesn't return many results with any of these phrases, too.

    P.S. omg now I'm not sure whether one says "Google gives a lot of results" or "Google returns many hits" "Google finds a lot of matches" ... --- how do I say that?

    Please help


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    #2

    Re: How do I say that I teach English to a boy?

    anyone? -_-


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    #3

    Re: How do I say that I teach English to a boy?

    Why not "I am helping a boy with his English studies"?


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    Re: How do I say that I teach English to a boy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Why not "I am helping a boy with his English studies"?
    Thanks for the suggestion!

    Still, I'd like to know if my sentences are ok?

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    Re: How do I say that I teach English to a boy?

    If you want to know whether they are strictly correct, they are okay. Some will argue that you should use "who" and not "that" for people, and you can omit the whom/that in all of those.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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