Reduced Speech Form: Pronunciation Changes in Questions

These pronunciation changes also happen when the question starts with a question word: What do you think? ⇒Whaddaya think?   How are you feeling today? ⇒Howarya feelin’ today?   When can you call me? ⇒When kinya call me?   Pronunciation changes after Did, Would, and Could: Did you ⇒ Didja Did you finish the book? Didja… Read More Reduced Speech Form: Pronunciation Changes in Questions

The Key to Recognizing the English Tenses: Adverbs of Time

English tenses are used with adverbs and adverbial phrases that indicate the time of the action, for example, yesterday, now, often, tomorrow, an hour ago, last week. Adverbs of time and adverbial phrases of time are often called “time expressions”. Certain adverbs of time and adverbial phrases of time require certain tenses. For example, if… Read More The Key to Recognizing the English Tenses: Adverbs of Time

Mic or Mike??

Did you know that the early abbreviation for microphone was “mike“ /maɪk/? But over the past 25 years or so “mic“ /maɪk/ has been steadily pushing “mike“ out.   The problem with “mic“ is that it doesn’t follow our usual habits of matching abbreviation spellings to our pronunciations. “Mic“, like similar words ‘tic’, ‘hic’, ‘sic’,… Read More Mic or Mike??