Como falo em inglês: Precisamos DELAS!

By Ana Luiza | Podcast Inglês Online

Mar 06
Como falo em inglês Precisamos DELAS

Hello, everybody. No episódio de hoje, falamos sobre como usar de maneira natural palavras como them.

Transcrição

What’s up, you all? Today we have a new episode of the Inglesonline podcast. Please subscribe to this podcast using the Podcasts app for iPhone or iPad, or listen to the episodes using the Inglesonline Android app. To download or just listen to other episodes and download transcripts, go to inglesonline.com.br and click Podcast Inglesonline.

So today we’re gonna have some really good practice. What’s it about, you ask? I’m gonna tell you in a minute, but first let me say this: it’s about something I’ve touched upon a few times before on this blog but I don’t think I’ve ever dedicated an entire post or podcast to it. Feel free to prove me wrong!

So here’s what I’m talking about – listen to this: “My brother Timmy hid the birthday candles, and we need the candles right now!” Listen to this part again: “My brother Timmy hid the birthday candles”. For those of you who don’t remember or don’t know, “hid” is the past of “hide”. So little Timmy hid the candles, and we need the candles. Is that starting to sound a little repetitive? Yep, that’s because I keep repeating candles, the candles, he hid the candles and we need the candles.

Now, this little grammar topic, so to speak, is the typical example of English subject covered sometimes in basic English classes. It comes up on lesson 7 or 8, you hear the teacher explain it, you do exercises, check! Done. And the reality is, I come across a shockingly low number of students who actually have words like them, her, his* as part of their natural speech and use them correctly. That’s what this episode is about. Instead of saying “My brother hid the birthday candles and we need the candles”, have a listen and get more familiar with the natural way of saying this: My brother hid the birthday candles and we need them. THEM is an object pronoun and it’s the one I’m gonna focus on. What are the other object pronouns? Me, you, her, him, it and us. So just notice how we say THEM. T-H-E-M, them. The TH here sounds like the TH in THIS  or THAT. Them.

What could be better that lots of examples that make sense and are easy to understand? So here we go: “I thought I had lost my keys, but I just found my keys”. Yeah, let’s try that again: I thought I’d lost my keys but I just found THEM. Why say “my keys” twice? We don’t do that in Portuguese. We have a word just for that in English: them. I thought I’d lost my keys but I just found them. So you know I’m talking about my keys. You can ask me all these questions about my keys – about THEM! You could ask “Where did you find them? Where do you keep them? Why do you need them now?” And what is THEM replacing in those questions? Your keys!

I talked to my friends this morning and then I met up with my friends in the afternoon. Geez… that’s repetitive. I talked to my friends this morning and then I met up with them in the afternoon. I think you’re getting the hang of this, aren’t you? Let me know. So here we go. I talked to my friends this morning and then when did I meet up with them? In the afternoon. When did I see them? This afternoon. I learned how to make brownies by watching a video last week, and I finally made them today. I made the brownies, I made them. When did I make them? Today. How did I learn about them? I watched a video. I needed a pair of gloves to go out last night. I found them in my top drawer. I have two computers and I use them every day. My favorite band when I was a teenager was Duran Duran but I never saw them live. I love walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds and I eat them every week. There are lots of people in this coffee shop right now and most of them are doing work on a computer.

Can you clearly understand what the word THEM is replacing in each one of those examples? Let me know in the comments, as always, and also leave your own examples. Talk to you next time!

NOTA: *Cometi um erro aí na quarta linha do quarto parágrafo – saiu his em vez de himHis é pronome possessivo (dele ou seu/sua, terceira pessoa do singular). O que eu queria dizer é HIM; “ele” como pronome objeto.


Keywords

  • THEM

 

Glossary

prove me wrong = mostrar que estou errada

you’re getting the hang of this = você está pegando o jeito

drawer = gaveta

 

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Ana Luiza criou um blog de dicas de inglês em 2006, e depois de muito pesquisar o que faz alguém ganhar fluência numa segunda língua, criou seu primeiro curso de inglês em 2009.

  • Rogério says:

    Hi, Ana! Nice this post! Thank you!

  • Marianna Gualberto says:

    Hi, Ana!
    Recently I saw a really different structure with the word THEM. Its a name of a band. It is called ” Them Crooked Vultures”. I found it really wierd because I’ve never seen this word used like this before. Could you please give me some information about it?
    ahh…I love your podcasts! It helps a lot!! Thank you, Ana! =))

  • Issa Khalil says:

    I just listen this episode. I love podcasts. I need’ em to keep in touch with English.

  • Adrian Dias says:

    Your voice sounds thicker, Ana!
    Seems you’ve got the flu;

  • Jonata fontela says:

    Hi ana!!! I’ve been studying English for a while and I guess I’m pretty familiar with these little words,I’m used to using them. I just want to say something:when I started studying english I found really weird to use the word “them” to talk about things,in my mind it was used just to talk about people,because “them” reminds of “they”.and we use “it” to talk about things and animals so I though there were a specific object pronoun to talk about things…. You know what I mean? Lol, I hope it didin’t get too confusing :) :p

  • Hello! Good morning!

    I love your podcasts Ann, they have been so useful for all lovers and learners of English. I need THEM to improve it (English).
    Thanks Ana!!

  • Jennifer says:

    Good post! Is never too much to remember about these topics.I can tell you these posts are always useful.All of them.
    Kisses Ana!!!

  • Wendell Ferreira says:

    Always fabulous! I’ve been studying English for at least one year and a half, and your podcasts are always giving me support ever since. A short time ago I was unable to understand a single word in english. But I kept working on it, listening, listening and listening. Now I can say my level of listening and speaking has improved a lot. I still make some mistakes when writing, by the way, I’m a learner. Thank You for your support, Ana.

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