Meeting The First Time! “Nice to meet you” or “Nice meeting you”. Which variant is correct and why? That all depends on time. Are you referring to meeting someone yesterday, today or tomorrow? There are many ways to be polite when introducing yourself to someone for the first time. The better your English is, the better first impression you make. Is it a job interview? Maybe it is meeting a colleague for the first time! Often, the use of adverbs play an important part in everyday speech. “Nice to meet you” is used when you are first introduced to someone! The term “Nice meeting you” is used after meeting someone! The use of tenses also plays an important part here. Quantifiers Explained A quantifier is a word or phrase used before a noun or pronoun to refer to a quantity or amount of something. Quantifiers are used to give more information. We use these words and phrases with countable and uncountable nouns. With a quantifier, just about all nouns are countable in English! Simple quantifiers used with countable nouns include words like “Many, few, several etc. Quantifiers used with both countable and uncountable nouns are “All, enough, a lot of, some, any etc. Partitives are words or phrases used to refer to part of something. In other words a partial quantity. Partitives are used to refer to both countable and uncountable nouns. “A glass of water, a can of soda, a slice of bacon, a room full of people. Often, we use a container or form of measurement in partitive construction. Determiners Explained Determiners are words that appear before a noun. This is to help understand what the noun refers to. The main idea is to understand determiners and the role they play in English. Remember that a word is just a word until we give it a job. There are many determiners in English. “A, an, the” are all determiners. “This, that, these, those” are all determiners. Quantifiers “Few, all etc”. Possessives “My, your, it’s etc”. Cardinal numbers as well. Do not confuse determiners with adjectives. There are many more rules on this subject! Ask your teacher for a further explanation and worksheets to help you better understand determiners. Time Adverbs What do adverbs do? They modify sentences, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. Time adverbs help more clearly explain a point in time. This could be the past, present or future. Time adverbs are extremely important to clearly communicate your thoughts and intentions. There are “Single definite time adverbs” like “Now, then, tomorrow, yesterday and tonight”. Then there are “Frequency definite time adverbs” like “Annually, daily, hourly, monthly”. Add to those, the “Frequency indefinite time adverbs” like “Always, constantly, normally, occasionally. Lastly, Relationships in time adverbs” like “Already, finally, before, lately”. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. There are also “Time adverb phrases” like “In the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening”. Time adverbs can be used with most tenses. This is a brief explanation of time adverbs. Saying Goodbye When we say what we say in English, often there are common reasons why! Sometimes spoken English is much different than the way we learned grammar. Some words in English have very specific definitions while many do not. Just because a word has a certain definition, it does not mean that word is used only one way. Native speakers of English use certain words commonly to communicate. Just like in every language, there are simple definitions and colloquial speech. In American English, the word “Goodbye” is not commonly used in everyday conversations. The word “Goodbye” in American English has a finality to it! The word goodbye is extremely formal and should not be used in everyday speech. There are many other ways to depart in the English language. Ask your teacher for more examples and ways to be polite in the English language.