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Faint words are spoken differently

FAINT FORMS OF WORDS

By Chris Nkwocha and Abigail Onyemefie Some English words—pronouns, auxiliary verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and articles known as function or grammatical words have two pronunciations—the loud forms and the faint forms. The loud forms are used mainly when the words are said in isolation, that is, not in company of other words; when they stand alone. For instance, if you asked to list conjunctions, you may list them as follows: and,… Read More »FAINT FORMS OF WORDS

Collocation In English

In English, collocation is two or more words that go together naturally.  Collocation makes your English sound fluent and natural. It is like a firm handshake between two people. How Collocation Works Collocation: Big The word BIG is often used alongside happenings or events. For example: A big decision A big disappointment A big surprise A big failure A big improvement   Collocation: Great The word GREAT is often used… Read More »Collocation In English

Consonants connect words like a chain

HOW CONSONANTS CONNECT WORDS

By Chris Nkwocha and Esther John Unknown to many, consonants are the real conjunctions. They are the actual connectors of words not ideas in spoken English. The superb rule strongly holds here: When a word ends in a consonant, and the next word begins in a vowel, connect or link them and say them as one word.  This rule applies especially to some words that come in pairs when we… Read More »HOW CONSONANTS CONNECT WORDS

Talking about the English plural morpheme on Diction Avenue

THE ENGLISH PLURAL MORPHEME

The English plural morpheme or marker is the letter –S. It has three sound variants -/s/,/z/ and /ɪz/.  It’s important to know when the plural marker –S makes this different sounds in words. /s/ is the voiceless sound of the plural marker –S. And so, the plural marker –S is realized as /s/ when its follows voiceless consonants such as /k/, /p/,/t/,/f/,/θ/ etc You pronounce the plural marker –S as… Read More »THE ENGLISH PLURAL MORPHEME