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  • English Quantifiers All, Most and Every with Video, Exercises and a Goldfish Joke

    All, most and every are quantifiers that are often confused in English.  The most common mistake is using ‘all’ too often when you should use everything/everybody. Another very common mistake is making everything/everybody plural rather than singular and using the incorrect conjugation of the verb.

    In this English lesson, we have included video of a speech given by American author David Foster Wallace. In the speech makes generalizations using ‘all’ and ‘everybody.’ If you are discussing generalities it is extremely important to use these words correctly.

    The video ‘This is Water’ also uses advanced vocabulary and many collocations. So if you think your English vocabulary is good, test it by watching the second video.

    To start, watch the first video below about using “all,” “most” and “every,” then try the exercises. We also have a special lesson about this topic that you can study with our English teachers in live classes via Skype. If you are a current student, ask your teacher about it. If you want to try a first free English class with us, register by clicking here.

    English Collocations All, Most and Every Video


    Complete the exercise below to practice using all, every and most. Answer in comments and we will respond.

    1. We’ve eaten ______cake. (all the/all)

    2. ________ is ready for the party. We’re just waiting for the guests to arrive. (all/everything)

    3. _______people enjoy the summer except if it is too hot. (most/most of)

    4. She goes dancing _________ Friday night. (all/every)

    5. She is late ________. (all the time/ every time)

    Listening Exercise: This is Water

    Listening Questions. Answer as many as you can in comments, and we will respond.

    1. Tell me the opening joke.

    2. Getting to the store takes way longer than it ______.

    3. The checkout line is incredibly long which is ______ and __________.

    4. What does he say is ‘our’ natural default setting?

    5. Please don’t think that I’m giving you ____ advice.

    6. If you really learn how to _____, how to ___ attention then you will know you have other options.

    7. How does he explain changing the way you think can change your experience at say the grocery store?

    8. Why does he say capital T truth?

    9. What do we have to keep reminding ourselves about?

    What do you think of the video?

    Do you really think we have a choice on how we think?

    Do you feel that adulthood is filled with boring, mundane, tediousness?

    • Eliseu Silva

      1. We’ve eaten ALL THE cake.
      2. EVERYTHING is ready for the party. We’re just waiting for the guests to arrive.
      3. MOST people enjoy the summer except if it is too hot.
      4. She goes dancing EVERY Friday night.
      5. She is late ALL TIME.

      • LOIEnglish

        Eliseu, very good. Only one mistake. Number 5: It should be all THE time. She is late all THE time. or She is always late.