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    I'm so confused!

    Okay. I'm Malaysian, a chinese from Malaysia. I'm 20 year old, chinese educated, and i started to speak English when I was 18year old.In Malaysia, we speak British English. Main language that we used is Bahasa Melayu. We have a lot languages in our country. So we used to mixed up all the languages into one sentence. The reason why I learn Enlgish because I have a English educated girlfriend and if I'm good in speaking and writing in english, it will help me a lot in working field and somehow I found that english is fun.


    Behide the word *never* must be a past tense??

    That's all. thanks a lot=) good day!
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    Re: I'm so confused!

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmin92 View Post
    Okay. I'm Malaysian, a c Chinese from Malaysia. I'm 20 year old, cChinese-educated, and i I started to speak English when I was 18spaceyears old.spaceIn Malaysia, we speak British English. The M main language that we used is Bahasa Melayu. We have a lot languages in our country. So we are used to mixeding up all the languages into one sentence. The reason why I learn Enlgish because I have an English-educated girlfriend and if I'm good in speaking and writing in eEnglish, it will help me a lot in working field the field of work, and somehow I found that eEnglish is fun.


    any student/any students? Very often, both are possible.

    "Any student(s) discovered cheating in the preliminary examination will be expelled."

    Welcome to the forum, ahmin. Please post only one question per thread. If people started responding to all your questions here, this thread would become hopelessly confused. Also, if you ask one question at a time, you will be able to consider the responses and, if necessary, ask follow-up questions.

    Please delete all the questions after the first, and start a separate thread for each.

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    Re: I'm so confused!

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Welcome to the forum, ahmin. Please post only one question per thread. If people started responding to all your questions here, this thread would become hopelessly confused. Also, if you ask one question at a time, you will be able to consider the responses and, if necessary, ask follow-up questions.

    Please delete all the questions after the first, and start a separate thread for each.
    Thanks for telling me that, I'm a newbie=)

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    Re: I'm so confused!

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmin92 View Post
    Okay. I'm Malaysian, a chinese from Malaysia. I'm 20 year old, chinese educated, and i started to speak English when I was 18year old.In Malaysia, we speak British English. Main language that we used is Bahasa Melayu. We have a lot languages in our country. So we used to mixed up all the languages into one sentence. The reason why I learn Enlgish because I have a English educated girlfriend and if I'm good in speaking and writing in english, it will help me a lot in working field and somehow I found that english is fun.

    Okay. I've a lot of questions to ask. So far, I've only thought of these.


    any student/any students? Could be either depending on context and, for example, use of is / are.
    Behide (beside?) the word *never* must be a past tense?? No, but could be.
    I used to watched this movie long time ago./I used to watch/I use to watched. Infinitive/base form of verb after "used to".
    past tense/present tense/past perfect and etc...that confused me a lot. Could any of you guys can provide me a website to master these? learnenglish.be
    Im so impressed of what you did just now/ I'm so impressed with/ I'm so impressed by
    I'm confused by this sentence/Im confused of this sentence/ I'm confused with this sentence...which one could be the correct one?? Can any one tell me the usage of these ?? Either one works.
    The verbs after *IF* it has to be a past tense? or present tense? if you watched/watch that movie already, why don't didn't you tell me earlier/early? Past tense. "already" is the key.
    I know that I have to add s (to the verb for simple present) after the word IT. example: it has, it helps...etc. what if there is a word between them? it will help/helps you a lot if you study it. Simple future with "will" always uses the infinitve/base form of the verb for 1st, 2nd, 3rd person singular and plural.
    The last time we meet was 10 years ago/ the last time we met was 10 years ago/ the last time we met is 10 years ago. Past tense irregular.
    That's all. thanks a lot=) good day!
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    Re: I'm so confused!

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
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    Thanks for the reply!! But I'm still confused with this sentence. The last time we met was 10 years ago. Since you've said that past tense irregular. Could you write me the correct sentence? thank you!

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    Re: I'm so confused!

    Well, as somebody has responded to all of your questions in one thread, let's try to deal with a few .

    Behide the word *never* must be a past tense?? X .....Must the word 'never' be used with a past tense?
    No. It can be used with a range of tenses. If you are not sure about a particular sentence, post it in this forum and we will comment on it.

    I used to watched this movie a long time ago.
    It's correct now; it does suggest that you watched it on several occasions.

    Does The verbs after *IF* it hasve to be a past tense? or present tense?
    If you had seen that film already, why didn't you tell me?
    If you have seen that film already, why didn't you tell me
    ?


    These are both possible in BrE - with slightly different meanings.The following is unnatural in BrE:

    If you saw that film already, why didn't you tell me?


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    Re: I'm so confused!

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Well, as somebody has responded to all of your questions in one thread, let's try to deal with a few .

    Behide the word *never* must be a past tense?? X .....Must the word 'never' be used with a past tense?
    No. It can be used with a range of tenses. If you are not sure about a particular sentence, post it in this forum and we will comment on it.

    I used to watched this movie a long time ago.
    It's correct now; it does suggest that you watched it on several occasions.

    Does The verbs after *IF* it hasve to be a past tense? or present tense?
    If you had seen that film already, why didn't you tell me?
    If you have seen that film already, why didn't you tell me
    ?


    These are both possible in BrE - with slightly different meanings.The following is unnatural in BrE:

    If you saw that film already, why didn't you tell me?

    Oh my god..thanks a lot!!! I have been learning English hardly since the day that I have couple with her, she encouraged me a lot=) I know it will be hard for me to learn English but I will work hard for it!=) Thanks! I'm pretty sure that I will come to this forum every day=) by the way, is there any way to improve/learn English??=) beside doing exercise,buy books, read newspaper. thanks!

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    Re: I'm so confused!

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmin92 View Post
    Thanks for the reply!! But I'm still confused with this sentence. The last time we met was 10 years ago. Since you've said that past tense irregular. Could you write me the correct sentence? thank you!
    "The last time we met was 10 years ago." Nothing wrong with this. I meant only to emphasize that "meet" is irregular and the past tense is "met".

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    Re: I'm so confused!

    I think reading (good material, not personal blogs or comments that follow news stories) will help you the most. If you can listen to English-language broadcasts (you can download many free podcasts from iTunes on so many different topics!) that will help you too.

    Good luck with your studies.
    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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    Re: I'm so confused!

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmin92 View Post
    I have been learning English hardly since the day that I have couple with her ...
    I had to take the above sentence from your earlier post and make two points:

    1) I don't think "hardly" is the word you were looking for. Perhaps "almost since"?
    2) "since the day that I have couple with her ..." I think you meant "since the day that we became a couple" or "since the day we got together".
    Be careful with "couple" because it is also a verb which can mean "have sex". On that basis, there is a danger that people might think you meant "I have been learning English since the day that I coupled with her ...", which would mean "I have been learning English since the first time we had sex ..."

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