Make or Cook Dinner? Have or Eat Dinner? Basic English Grammar

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where you ask me questions and I answer them, maybe. First question this week comes from Isaac
Alexander. Hi, again, Isaac. Isaac says, “Hi, Alisha. What’s the difference between ‘make’ or
‘cook dinner’ and ‘have’ or ‘eat dinner?’” About “make” and “cook dinner,” there’s
really not a difference unless you want to be really, really specific and you’re just
like using a microwave or an oven to heat up food, in that case, it’s probably more
correct to say, “make dinner.” Regarding your second question about “have”
or “eat dinner” or any other meal for that matter, they have the same meaning, yes,
but we tend to use “have” more when we’re making invitations like, “Do you want to
have lunch?” or “Do you want to have dinner with me?” We use it a bit more in those cases. We use “eat” more when we’re talking about
our personal plans. I think “have” just sounds a little bit
softer for an invitation. I hope that this helps you understand some
of the small nuances there. Thanks very much for the question. Okay, let’s move on to your next question. Next question comes from Sumwang. Hi, Sumwang. Sumwang says, “Hi. Can you describe what a stereotype means?” Yeah, a “stereotype” as a noun is kind
of like an unfair or kind of a negative idea about a person or a thing based on some common
characteristics. Some examples of stereotypes are, “Women
love shopping,” or, “Men love sports,” or “All Indian food is spicy,” for example. Even though it’s something that might be true
in many cases, it’s not true in all cases. So, this is a stereotype. I hope that that helps you. Okay, let’s move on to your next question. Next question comes from Ronnie Gontalida. Hi, Ronnie. Ronnie says, “How do you properly use the
period and the comma in sentences along with the proper grammar?” Use periods at the end of a sentence. In the most basic form, a sentence is a subject
and a verb. So, like, “I walked,” or “He slept,”
or “She swam,” for example. We put a period at the end of a sentence. “I watched the new Batman movie,” “The
neighbors ate all my popcorn.” Those are more complex sentences. We use commas then when we’re connecting
independent sentences with coordinating conjunctions. A coordinating conjunction is like “an,”
“but,” “or,” “for,” “so,” “yet.” Like, “I watched the new Batman movie, and
the neighbors ate all the popcorn.” So, “I watched the new Batman movie,”
comma, “and the neighbors ate all the popcorn.” That’s when I would use a comma. That’s one example. Actually, there’s a video on the channel I
made about how to use commas. It’s an introduction to using commas so I
recommend you check this video out to learn more about commas. So, I hope that that helps you. Thanks very much for the question. Okay, let’s move on to your next question. Next question comes from Karima. Hi, again, Karima. Karima says, “I think the verb, ‘address’
has different meanings. Could you tell me some of them?” One of the meanings of “address” is to
write the mailing address on a letter or a package. Like, “Please address your envelope to…” Or, “I have a package addressed to so-and-so.” “Address” also means to deal with something
or to handle an issue usually a problem, something negative. “How do you plan to address this situation?” Or, “When are you going to address this
issue?” for example. That means deal with or handle something. Another meaning of “address” is to give
a formal speech or to talk directly to someone. Like, “The president addressed the country
in a televised speech,” or, “The CEO plans to address the employees in the morning meeting.” So, there are three different examples of
how to use “address.” Again, if you want to know more about definitions,
I highly recommend checking a dictionary. Okay, hope that helped you. Let’s go on to your next question. Next question comes from Marcelo Oliviera. Hi, Marcelo. Marcelo says, “Hi, Alisha. What do these expressions mean? ‘To scrape the bottom of the barrel’ and
‘last resort.’” “To scrape the bottom of the barrel” means
to use only the people or the things that you have available and this means that they’re
typically not of good quality. Some examples, “I had to scrape the bottom
of the barrel to find this computer for work,” “You put that guy on your team? You’re scraping the bottom of the barrel.” Your second question about the word, “last
resort” means like your last option, the last thing that you are able to do or the
last thing you can possibly do. You have no other options in a situation,
you turn to your last resort. “I might not have enough money to launch
my business. My last resort is asking my parents for a
loan.” “If this job doesn’t work out, his last
resort is to start working in his friend’s company.” So, I hope that that helps you understand
those two expressions. Thanks very much for the questions. Alright, that’s everything that I have for
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