In this episode we speak about the difference between ALL and EVERYTHING | FIX, MANAGE, MAKE IT and FIGURE OUT and your feedback and questions that you sent us during the summer.
We recieved a Voice message from Helen Jimenez from Costa Rica.
As Helen said, you can find a free grammar reference at http://www.mansioningles.com/ . There is also grammar in our free courses and you can download the grammar pdf from the store: http://store.mansioningles.net/ it costs 1.99 euros.
Listener Feedback: Ivan from Cuba
Hi guys I’m Ivan and I’m Cuban that’s why my situation here with the internet is kind of complicated but I will always find a way to get your episodes.
I wanted to say that you guys are great and I believe truly in what you do.
I’d like to ask you about the use of ALL and EVERYTHING. That’s all, thank you.
ALL and EVERYTHING = 100% of something or of a group
All + uncountable/plural countable nouns
Eg. He ate all the food. (uncountable noun) / These students are all my friends. (plural countable noun)
Pronoun + all
Eg.Craig and I love you all./ We all love holidays. / It all seemed a bit strange, from start to finish./ They all came to see us. / We love you all / We love all of our listeners.
All of + object form of pronoun (Compare with Pronoun + all)
Eg. Craig and I love all of you.
We all love holidays / All of us love holidays.
It all semed a bit strange / All of it seemed a bit strange.
They all came to see us. / All of them came to see us.
All = all of + determiner (the, this, those, my, etc.) “All of” is more common in American Eng.
Eg. Craig’s eaten all (of) the chocolate.
The listeners had heard all (of) my jokes before.
Not all podcasts are popular. (Talking about podcasts in general. No “the”; no “of”)
Not all (of) the podcasts are popular. (Talking about specific podcasts. eg. Aprender inglés con Reza y Craig podcasts.)
All’s well with me at the moment.
All that matters is that YOU improve your English. (the only thing that matters…..)
All (that) I ever wanted was for Berta to love me.
All he wants now is to get a divorce.
‘All’ often goes with ‘that’ – We say Is everything finished? ~ Yes, everything is finished. (Not X
Is all finishedX)
Everything = All + relative clause
eg. Reza gave Berta everything, but she still wasn’t satisfied. = Reza gave Berta all (that) he had, but she still wasn’t satisfied.
The bad businessman lost everything. = The bad businessman lost all (that) he owned.
EVERYTHING is usually used as a pronoun:
Everything is OK. / I did some work, but I didn’t finish everything.
Everything substitutes ‘other things’, for example, “I had to reply to emails, make some images, record a podcast, phone my co-worker, post on Facebook…….but I didn’t have enough time and I didn’t do everything.
All = Everything/Everybody – dramatic/ poetic/ old-fashioned English
eg. I saw you with your new boyfriend last night. Tell me all/everything!
Newspaper headline: “Ship sinks. All are dead. No survivors.”
All = nothing more/the only thing(s)
eg. All (that) I ever wanted was for Berta to love me.
All we did was a friendly kiss on the cheek – nothing more. I promise!
Hi Craig! I am Karla from Costa Rica… I just wanted to thank you for this excellent tool that allows me to practice and improve my English.
I am going to start a new job having interaction with people from different countries in Europe, so I was concerned about accents and slang words.
As any language, I think it is about learning through daily interaction, right? Any advice? Thanks again!
Speak to people (Italki, language exchanges)
Listen to podcasts and watch TV series in English (Netflix, YouTube)
Improve your speaking with an italki teacher
Mamen – Biescas, Huesca
Thank you so much for keeping working on your podcast so hard during the summer
We all appreciate your big effort!
This podcast had been so useful ’cause you get (give) me the opportunity to learn and improve every day.
I wonder if you could help me with some issues that I always have. Please, could you explain the difference between : fix, manage, figured out, make it?
I’ve heard these verbs in so many situations and it’s a bit confusing.
Thank you so much.
Hope you could manage or what ever with the hot summer.
FIX – a problem/something broken/a time
(mend, repair) – arreglar, reparar: “I took my broken watch to the watchmaker to have it fixed.”
“This company is losing money and we’d better fix it soon before it’s too late!”
“I need to fix our ceiling fan.”
Fix (attach) ‘I’ll fix this piece of paper to the wall.”
Fix a price – ‘We’ve fixed the price of our First Certificate course download at 17 euros.’: http://store.mansioningles.net/downloads/first-certificate-course/
Fix a time: “We have to fix a time tomorrow for our meeting.”
Fix food (make/prepare food) “Can I fix you a sandwich?” / “Say, can I fix you a drink.”
“Fix your eyes on this.”
“The game/election/boxing match was fixed.” (fix=arreglar)
MANAGE = direct/be able to
(organize) – dirigir, manejar, gestionar: “Henry manages a small family business.”
“In the UK, my sister managed a small team of 4 office clerks.”
manage (control): “How do public school teachers manage a class of 30 or 40 kids?”
manage (get by, survive) – arreglarse: “I don’t know how single parents can manage if they’re both looking after children.”
manage (succeed) – conseguir, lograr: “Can you manage to get there by one o’clock?” / “It’s difficult to release a podcast episode every single week, but we manage.”
FIGURE OUT – a puzzle/a solution
figured out (solve) – resolver, solucionar: “Today’s crossword is too hard to figure out.” / “It’s difficult for me to figure out maths problems.” (‘work out’ is more British English)
“They lost their home to the bank and had to figure out what to do next.”
figure out (understand) – comprender – ‘I finally figured out why my ceiling fan wouldn’t stop.’
‘I couldn’t figure it out’ / I couldn’t work it out’
MAKE IT = attend/come/arrive/get to the end/survive
make it (succeed): llegar a lo más alto, triunfar: “When you win an award for your podcast, you know you’ve finally made it!”
make it (make sure that it is) – asegurar que: “Bring me a cup of tea and make it snappy!” – ‘Make it quick.’
Make it (arrive on time): “I’m having a party at my house tomorrow. I hope you can make it?” / “I thought I was going to miss the beginning of the film, but I made it.”
“We got lost on our way to Peter’s house. We made it as far as the park.”
“Listen to me, your Captain, men! This is going to be a hard battle. Not all of you will make it.” (survive)
Voice message from Ana from Mexico – not clear audio, but if Ana took the time to record it, we want to play it.
“Thank you for our time and the effort to make the podcast, sharing our experience and knowledge.
Ana has the feeling that she knows us!
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