275 Answered Questions for the topic speech
Is there a Public Library that lends English Audiobooks?
In germany there are now a plethora of public libraries where I can borrow Audiobooks. I can search and download DRM protected files and can use them for a couple of days or weeks before they get... more
In/on the/ line/page?
Which of the following 4 possibilities is used when? 1. in line 2. in the line 3. on line 4. on the line E.g. how do I correctly say There is a typo in line 6 of this paragraph. And I have... more
When verbally expressing metric units do people use decimal places?
I am writing a script for an audio description, and am including an estimation of a statue that is 1.5 meters tall. For metric users, would this be expressed in speech as: "one point five meters"... more
Is it possibly to say "take this" or "take that"?
Sometimes could be see sentences like "take this one". And I don't know which one is correct.
Seeking rules about adding grammar-based pauses in spoken English?
I believe the following topic is in the scope of the site: Pronunciation/phonology, more specifically: how sound is structured for conveying linguistic meaning. I am seeking rules about where to... more
Different pronunciations of "-ead"/"-ed"/"-aid" words?
I find that American/British English dialects tend to pronounce words like "*bed*", "*red*", "*dead*", "*bred*", "*said*", etc. with the exact same vowel sound: the IPA **ɛ** vowel (- and so this... more
How do I make the velar nasal /ŋ/ sound?
Can someone please explain how to pronounce the velar nasal sound (/ŋ/, as in English "ng", but that's why I'm asking). To restate the question: How do I pronounce /ŋ/? (Note: *This isn't a... more
Correct usage of SIC to express verbatim statements expressed vocally?
Taken literally, *sic erat scriptum* would imply that "[SIC]" is to be used only when expressing a written statement. Can it also be safely applied to express that which has been expressed... more
What word do Americans use for dirt?
I'm aware that in America the word "dirt" is a synonym/replacement for earth/soil/peat/turf.etc whereas in the UK "dirt" would typically refer to uncleanliness, detritus, and granular rubbish (i.e.... more
which group I belong to vs to which group I belong?
1. I don't know which group I belong to. 2. I don't know to which group I belong. Which one of the sentences is true? --- Note: An answer was given to this question when it still read "I... more
How do I use "as of now" correctly?
Just to clarify, I am not a native English speaker. I occasionally hear from other non-native English speakers the use of the phrase: "*As of now*" with the meaning of *Currently*. Initially I... more
How does a salesclerk in England welcome a customer and ask what they want?
When you go to a bakery in England in the afternoon, and you are not a familiar customer, how does the salesperson greet you, and how do they ask what you would like? “Good afternoon, sir. How may... more
Fronting correct use?
I have this phrase (created myself) > He was entering into the office slowly / Slowly, he was entering into the office. (there shouldn't be difference I suppose) Now, the rules say that if... more
What is the formal way to say “a bit”?
What is the formal way to say *a bit* in an essay, for example, in the sentence beginning “It is 'a bit' different from”? Is "a little" formal enough?
Problem in formulating question?
Consider this scenario..*.Sam ate 4 cookies*. Now if someone asks Sam *How many you had*, then Sam will reply 4. But how should the question be formed so that the answer Sam gives will be 4th... more
How should the first "o" in "operator" be pronounced?
I've always been taught that a vowel before a double consonant following another vowel should have a short sound. Conversely, there are many situations where a vowel preceding a single consonant... more
Try and get some rest OR "Try to get some rest"?
Which sentence is grammatically correct? >Try **and** get some rest (or) Try **to** get some rest
Answering your own question?
I have been wondering if this particular speaking device had a specific name. My wife uses a speaking technique where, instead of just making a statement, she presents it in the form of a question,... more
first time as an adverb meaning "for the first time"?
Can **first time** be used as an adverb meaning "for the first time", e.g. *when I met him first time* (Confession Tapes, third episode, 02:40)
Should I use contracted forms in scientific presentations?
In a scientific paper am I right in believing that one would write “it is” instead of “it’s”? In a scientific presentation, would one use contracted forms like “it’s” instead of “it is” or is... more
Is there a word that captures the different moods and ways a word can be pronounced in?
I am looking for a way to categorize these different ways a given word can be said to convey completely different emotions in different contexts, and I feel like there is some proper term for it... more
Should we pronounce "T" in Won't?
I have noticed that some native English speakers do not pronounce the "T" in "won't" in the middle of a sentence. For example: > I won't make you happy sounds like: > I wo make you... more
Does “snatch something over” or “snatch something away” sound native?
I’ve learnt that you can say things like: >She snatched the biscuit out of his hand. (snatch ... out of) >She snatched a biscuit from the plate. (snatch ... from) But how does it sound if... more
Usage of Negatives in Everyday Speach: Unnecessary or Incorrect?
I frequently have this debate with my fiancée about whether it is as appropriate to use a negative in the following examples as it is to omit it. I am frequently found making statements using the... more