AT/IN/BY the end & more prepositions of time 🕰️ Grammar with JenniferESL 📽️

AT/IN/BY the end & more prepositions of time 🕰️ Grammar with JenniferESL 📽️


I consider myself a peaceful person. I
love a nice, calm, quiet atmosphere. So you may find it surprising to know that I really enjoy watching disaster movies. You know the kind. They can be filled
with asteroids, UFOs, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters. Well, I can’t
say that I enjoy seeing cities get destroyed, but I do find the action in
disaster movies to be exciting. More important, I really like seeing how
people survive terrible events by being smart and kind. At the beginning of a
movie you, can’t always be certain who’s going to live and who’s going to die,
but in American movies the main characters usually survive. Hollywood
knows that we like happy endings, so those characters who work together
and take risks to help others usually survive in the end. In this lesson I’ll
share my top 5 favorite disaster movies, and as I do, we can practice using
confusing prepositions. Prepositions like in and at help us form time markers or
sequence markers so we can tell the order of events in a story. I said, “At the
beginning of a movie, you can’t be sure who’s going to live and who’s going to die. We use “at the beginning of” + a noun. At the beginning of what? At the beginning of the movie, at the beginning of the film, at the beginning of the story. With this
prepositional phrase, we’re referring to a point. At what point? At the beginning
of the movie. The same pattern holds true for “at the end of” what? At the end of the
story, at the end of the film, at the end of the movie. For example, at the beginning of typical disaster movie, everything is
fine, but at the end of the movie the world is a mess. So you remember how I
said the good people usually survive in the end? We use “in the end” with no
following “of” phrase. “In the beginning” pairs up nicely with “in the end” when we
tell a story. “In the beginning” is similar to “at first” or “initially.” For example, in
the beginning everything is fine, but in the end half the world has been
destroyed, but the main character is still alive. Okay. Let’s start with number 5
on my list twister, and I’ll try not to give any spoilers — things that will spoil
or ruin the surprise if you haven’t seen the movie yet. Twister isn’t an end-of-the-world movie,
but the powerful tornadoes create a lot of destruction. In the very beginning, we
meet the main character Jo as a little girl . She loses someone very close to her
in a tornado and this event shapes her life and her career as a storm chaser. Note how we can use “very” for emphasis in these time markers: in the very beginning, at the very beginning of the story. You’ll also hear the phrase “start at the
beginning” or “start at the very beginning.” In this use with a verb “start” we don’t
need an “of” phrase. For example, let’s start at the very beginning and watch
the scene from her childhood. Number four, 2012. In terms of the plot, this isn’t the best disaster movie, and to be honest, from beginning to end the acting isn’t
very believable, but the special effects are pretty cool. There are
way too many characters introduced, so you know some of them will die by the
end of the movie, but I think you’ll be happy with the way things turn out.
Personally, I was very amused by Woody Harrelson’s crazy role in this movie, and
I felt that the Chinese family that helps the American family survive comes
across as very genuine. “From beginning to end” is like “from start to finish.”
You don’t need any articles in these phrases. You just need the prepositions
“from” and “to.” From beginning to end, the special effects are pretty cool. If you
want to emphasize that something happens before the end of the movie, you can use
the preposition “by.” By the end of the movie, some people have died others
survive. I won’t tell you who. You can use “by the end of” + a noun:
by the end of the movie. Or you can simply say “by the end” if it’s clear what
you’re talking about. Number three, The Day After Tomorrow. My kids and I have watched this disaster movie many times. Right from the
beginning, you know the main characters won’t die. The American climatologist and
his family survive the new ice age, and they do that by being strong and brave.
There’s also a love story going on, so by the end of the movie, a teenage romance
is in full bloom. For emphasis, we have the phrase right from the beginning. It’s
similar to “from the very start.” Let’s pause and review all the variations
we’ve seen so far. Okay. Let’s finish my top five list.
Number two, Independence Day. I’ve watched this movie so many times I’ve lost count. Will Smith is very funny throughout the film, but
some of the secondary characters almost steal the show. That means they grab your attention and are very memorable. There’s no question
that from beginning to end this movie is full of American patriotism. Bill Pullman
may not be the finest actor who ever played an American president, but he
probably delivered the most memorable speech as the President of the United
States in a movie. Independence Day has its sad parts, but in the end the people
you want to survive do survive. And the people who die die as heroes. And finally, number one, Deep Impact. This is the disaster movie that makes me cry the most. By the end of the movie, I’m always
sobbing as more and more people die. The family relationships are very strong in
this movie and it makes you want to be with the ones you love the most if you
ever have to face a crisis, like giant asteroids hitting the earth.
What moves me the most in disaster movie, especially this one, is seeing how
people hold on to their humanity in extreme circumstances. I also have to say
that Morgan Freeman is my favorite American president on screen. If a giant
asteroid were about to hit the Earth I would appreciate hearing his calm
voice. So have you seen all the movies on my list? Which one is your favorite? If
you haven’t seen them yet, I bet you can find them online, and if there’s another
movie you’d like to suggest, post the title in the comments. In the end, it
doesn’t really matter what kind of movies you watch as long as you enjoy
them. Listening to different speakers of English is really good training for your
ears. By the way, did you understand my use of “in the end” just now? We could use “in the end” to state a conclusion. It’s like saying, “All things considered…” A
more conversational expression would be “at the end of the day.” At the end of the
day, you can watch whatever films you want. It’s all good practice. At the end
of the day, almost any movie in English can help you build your understanding,
your pronunciation, and your vocabulary. Take the time to watch movies in English
and watch a movie multiple times. The first time just watch and enjoy. Try to
understand as best you can without captions. Then turn the captions on and
you can pause and look up new words, words that you can’t guess from context,
from the situation. You can watch interesting scenes multiple times until
you understand them very well. Then turn those captions off and watch again. Once
you’re familiar with the movie, you’ll enjoy watching it without captions from
beginning to end. I hope you found this lesson useful.
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43 Comments

  • Nicholas Williams

    February 21, 2019

    Do you or anyone else know where I can find that sound clip at 0:17 and the music in the background? The whole video, in other words? If so, send me some links.

    Reply
  • JenniferESL

    February 21, 2019

    After I filmed, I realized I used the word "asteroids" to talk about the movie Deep Impact. I should have used "comets" because in the story there are two comets heading towards Earth. Truthfully, a good number of people probably don't distinguish between asteroids and comets, but they are different. Sorry for not being accurate! Does anyone want to take on the challenge of explaining how asteroids and comets are different?

    Reply
  • sweet doctor

    February 21, 2019

    From begging to end you are sooo beautiful ,my lovely teacher ☺

    Reply
  • Nicholas Williams

    February 21, 2019

    & what R U doin in the next video? ASMR?

    Reply
  • Odair B. from Brazil

    February 21, 2019

    Hi,teacher
    Thank you so much

    Reply
  • Uğur Aldanmaz

    February 21, 2019

    Very clear explanation. I can easily hear and understand what you say. Thank you very much for your effort.

    Reply
  • Nawar Nawar

    February 21, 2019

    Thank you jennifer.
    This lesson was completely useful.

    Reply
  • Aya Hassan

    February 21, 2019

    Отлично… Я вас люблю…

    Reply
  • Ra'ed

    February 21, 2019

    I love the "Independence Day" movie. I remember that I was at the highschool when I first watched that movie. 😀

    Reply
  • Mollie Tai

    February 21, 2019

    JenniferESL is a miracle worker.

    Reply
  • Ait Mohamed

    February 21, 2019

    Thank you sister

    Reply
  • Pedro Belmont

    February 21, 2019

    Hello Jennifer how are you doing? ??How the the topic of the lesson was movie..I wonder who is your favorite actor and actress?? By the way have ever watched a movie called Midnight express??

    Reply
  • Roland Flabber

    February 21, 2019

    ❤️ The main characters on American movies can't die there won't be so many Hollywood stars.😄 Americans at the weekend considering what has just Donald Trump said, here in OZ on the weekend people jump to the car and lets go out from the city.Asteroids are objects of the inner Solar system. Hold your button and make a wish when you see it falling to the Earth. Comets are the objects of the outer Solar system. Halley's Comet, Rosetta Comet. Comet from the Greek star-like. Apollo, Amor, Belt comet. 🌞🌞🌞 Thanks for your video it was nice.

    Reply
  • motivate your mind

    February 22, 2019

    Hi Jennifer are you watching movies also.

    Reply
  • Susana Blanco

    February 22, 2019

    I liked very much a movie named " The Day the world stood still"; it's a science fiction movie filmed in 1951 .The main characters didn`t died at the end and the alien sent a message to the human kind for living in peace . The main character the alien Kaatu was interpreted by the actor Michael Reenie.

    Reply
  • Aparecido FERREIRA VAIS

    February 22, 2019

    Hi Jennifer Your husband is Russian you speak Russian too and your children speak Russian
    Thanks for your videos and have a great Friday,😉

    Reply
  • Andrea Giraldo MD, Ph.D.

    February 22, 2019

    You are the be-all and end-all. Love Jennifer ❤️❤️❤️.A

    Reply
  • Trần Minh

    February 22, 2019

    I hope you are going to do a lot of lessons recommending movies like this . I really liked this lesson. Thank you so much.

    Reply
  • Pavan Kumar

    February 22, 2019

    Electricity from nuclear reactors was to be given away free to the world ,or so the early protagonist of N-power "had us "believe. Madam is it correct to use "had us believe" in the above sentence?.

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  • Sanaya Sethi

    February 22, 2019

    You didnt make a video on a topic which i gave you…

    Reply
  • Alexandr Padalka

    February 22, 2019

    🗽

    Reply
  • Tabish khan

    February 22, 2019

    Hi Jennifer i hope your are doing wonderful.Well i am gonna ask u a question not related to this video.
    That is can u please tell me how many clauses are there in the below sentences.
    ■ It is important that you take better care of yourself.
    And
    ● This is what i have always wanted.
    Thanks in advance

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  • Jalil Karbalai

    February 22, 2019

    Thanks. A regard for you.

    Reply
  • Sunshine Sunshine

    February 22, 2019

    Hi Jennifer, how're doing today? And I'm so grateful for your great efforts with your beautiful lessons. Really they're very useful. I like you and like all your lessons. Keep going sis. Regards
    Your sis from Iraq

    Reply
  • Boty Maytan

    February 22, 2019

    You are very very clearly spoke, my listening skill is improving day by day

    Reply
  • Facundo Leis Pou

    February 22, 2019

    Hi, Jennifer,
    My favourite disaster movie is ‘Melancholia’ by Lars Von Trier. I must warn you it might be a bit shocking but in the end it is just a movie, right?
    Thanks for the lesson!!!

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  • Vaithy

    February 22, 2019

    You're awesome teacher

    Reply
  • Said Said

    February 22, 2019

    Thanks for lesson Jennifer🙏

    Reply
  • Sanaya Sethi

    February 22, 2019

    Is this sentence are correct or not both of them did a great job,nd my second question is with both which verb we use do or does…..

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  • Ferreira

    February 22, 2019

    Very good, thanks

    Reply
  • Roberto Silva

    February 22, 2019

    If you wanna learn grammar you are the best english teacher ever

    Reply
  • jiji dams

    February 22, 2019

    Thanks for lesson and explanation wonderful🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷

    Reply
  • English 5 minutes

    February 22, 2019

    Your lessons are very helpful for english learners, thank you

    Reply
  • Sanaya Sethi

    February 22, 2019

    Jennifer i want to ask you one thing that if i want a salon related phrases can u give me a site where i can find some salon related phrases because i dont know when will u make?a video on this topic?

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  • ice man

    February 23, 2019

    Hi teacher , what Different between "win" and "won" ? thank you best teacher.

    Reply
  • Dildar Veliskova

    February 23, 2019

    Hi Jennifer, thank you so much. I finally understood the difference between at the end /in the end etc.

    Reply
  • Тимур Камилов

    February 25, 2019

    Hello Jennifer can you make video about stress patterns if you have time

    Reply
  • Nurbek Olimjonov

    February 27, 2019

    Hello good theacher

    Reply
  • Nurbek Olimjonov

    February 27, 2019

    🤗🤗😊😊😊❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Reply
  • Hafiz Saifullah

    February 28, 2019

    Hello

    Reply
  • Sergey Arion

    March 1, 2019

    Thank you so much for this awesome lesson, Jennifer! 👏 Now the usage of these expressions is clear to me. …And it looks like I've missed Deep impact somehow, so now I have one more great movie in my watch-list 😊

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  • Marina Muller Poleza

    March 8, 2019

    Grateful 🙏❤

    Reply
  • Shreef A.S

    April 1, 2019

    Hi Maam,
    I am always afraid of how to make a sentence. could you please help me.

    Reply

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