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Speak English Right - 1:5:17

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Speak English Right - 1:5:17

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Good morning.

Today I’ll teach you two very common expressions that you’ll hear often when speaking to native English speakers. As a Chinese person, you can think of these as measure words that describe more or less of something. Notice that they don’t express an exact amount. Only if you have more or a little of something.


a lot of

a bunch of

a whole bunch

a little bit

not much of

not too much of

‘A lot of’ is a good phrase to learn when describing things that are countable or things that are not countable. I know students of English often wonder whether they should use the word ‘many’ or ‘much’. The easy way to describe this is to simply say ‘a lot of.’

‘A bunch of’ or ‘a whole bunch’ are simply more natural ways of saying ‘a lot of.’ 

‘A little bit’ means, ‘not too much’ or ‘not much of’ something.


There were a lot of students in my class.

There were a bunch of students in my class. There were a whole (more) bunch of students in my class.

We ate a little bit of chicken at lunch.

There was not much of the chicken left over after lunch.

There was not too much beef left over after dinner.

That’s all for today.

Goodbye for now.

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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.


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  • Challenge Your Child 2019-12-13 11:51

    I talk to a TV set in front of hundreds of people, after my careful reading, the sentence is like that. Hilarious.

  • Challenge Your Child 2019-12-13 11:50

    我在数百人面前向电视讲话。This sentence means I talk to hundreds of people in front of a TV set. That is very ridiculous unless you talk to a set which is displaying Nick Armstrong is looking at you from the moon. You might be taken to the nearest hospital to have a check on the head.

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