laufh 2 months ago
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This is a part of an article copied from Year of English:
There are some combinations of words that English speakers “mash” together so frequently that we actually have special spellings for them which reflect the way that people often pronounce them. You don’t use these spellings in formal writing, but if you’re writing a story and want to show that the characters in the story are speaking casually, you can write their dialogue this way:
- could have – coulda
- would have – woulda
- should have – shoulda
- have to – hafta
- want to – wanna
- I’m going to – I’m’a
- (have) got to – gotta
- (have) got a – gotta
- what do – whadda
- what do you – whaddya
- (I’ve) got you – gotcha
- would you – wouldja
- don’t you – doncha
- what’s up – wuzzup/wassup
- let me – lemme
Quite useful, don’t you think? 4 months ago
After reading all of them I decided that my favorite one is: “Why hello there.” :D 4 months ago
I will consider it achieved when I’ll be able to follow a film without subs and without missing any line, and also be able to understand native speakers with no effort 4 months ago
... but can I mark this goal as done?
There`s still a lot to do, but writing entries here on 43T, watching movies in English as well as reading books and Guardian articles on a regular basis means progress, doesn`t it? :o) 5 months ago
We’ll begin with box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.
Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a whole lot of mice,
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be pen?
The cow in the plural may be cows or kine,
But the plural of vow is vows, not vine.
And I speak of a foot, and you show me your feet,
But I give a boot… would a pair be beet?
If one is a tooth, and a whole set is teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be beeth?
If the singular is this, and the plural is these,
Why shouldn’t the plural of kiss be kese?
Then one may be that, and three be those,
Yet the plural of hat would never be hose.
We speak of a brother, and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
The masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine she, shis, and shim. 8 months ago
This is an important goal and it would be very good if I really work on it before I start studding in September.
I will set the steps tomorrow as I’m getting tired right now.
I guess the first step would be to clarify what exactly do I need to learn. 9 months ago