Contributed by Daniel Evans

 

ONE POINT LESSON:VOCABULARY 

ALMOST vs. MOST

People very often make mistakes when using almostAlmost basically means the same as nearly or not quite.

 Imagine this situation; my younger brother's age is 8 years and 10 months.

 We could say...

    • My younger brother is not quite 9 years old.
    • My younger brother is nearly 9 years old. 

or...

    • My younger brother is ALMOST 9 years old.

 

These sentences mean "He is close to 9 years old, but he is NOT 9 years old."

A mistake people often make is to say something like...

    • I almost eat Japanese food.

This means "I am close to eating Japanese food, but I do not eat it.

 

Of course this is wrong, we should say either...

    • MOSTLY eat Japanese food. 

or...

    • I ALMOST ALWAYS eat Japanese food.

 

SO REMEMBER:

ALMOST = NEARLY / NOT QUITE

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MOST / MOSTLY                    = Maybe 60%~95%

ALMOST ALL, ALMOST ALWAYS, ALMOST EVERYONE, ALMOST EVERYWHERE etc.               = Maybe 90%~99%

                   

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