273 Answered Questions for the topic speech

What is the appropriate phrase to say if two people are on the same track?

I am sharing my understanding regarding a particular matter with a colleague just to make sure that both of we have same understanding. This is just to avoid any conflict or confusion among us.... more
Speech Esl/esol

07/03/19

What's another way to say "which station should I get off?"?

In the context of "Which station should I get off?" (asked when you're on the train), what would be another way to say this, without using "get off" (which has other connotations) and still... more

07/03/19

Is this worded correctly if it was spoken in an interview?

I am like a clean slate. I do not have any preconceived notions about how the company runs

07/02/19

The word "dear" in public speech?

I am a member of a Toastmaster club in the Czech republic where people work on their public speaking skills. It is a usual to open a speech by > Dear fellow Toastmasters, dear guests,... It is... more
Speech Esl/esol

07/02/19

Oscar needs to understand that X is highly unlikely?

A little scenario: > Bobs computer is behaving weird, so he asks Alice about it. > Alice thinks Bob has a virus, she gets help from Oscar, who tells them to run an anti virus scan. >... more

07/02/19

Use of the word 'relishing'?

Recently when talking to a friend about the lack of elevators in Asia he told me. > You should be relishing stairs As a native English speaker the use of the word 'relishing' here sounded... more

07/02/19

What's the difference between will and going to?

I have no idea what the difference between these are. I have heard that they have the same meaning, but how do they?

07/02/19

What's the correct way to write drawn-out vowels?

How should I denote drawn-out vowels in English? If I have a character with speech disorder or with a very unique accent, what is the correct way to express, in written form, this quirk of their... more

07/02/19

Is there a word that means news or delivering news or searching for news that starts with "s"?

I am looking for a word that means news or related to news that starts with "s". Are there such words? Thanks.

07/02/19

Punctuating a quote of multiple answers?

Consider the following: 'The lecturer asked the students a question. A chorus of "yes"es was heard.' I know that the second sentence is incorrectly punctuated, but am not sure how to sort it out.... more

07/01/19

Should the abbreviation 'i.e.' be used in speech?

I often hear people use the abbreviation 'i.e.' while speaking. It does not seem right to me. Similarly with 'e.g.' — I would always say 'for example' rather than 'e.g.'. So is it appropriate to... more
Speech Esl/esol

07/01/19

So, in connected speech, we can only connect A with B if A is "a strong or weak word" & B is "a weak word", right?

I discovered this rule in connected speech. I asked this question many times but seem no one has a proper answer. See this saying at **11:45** in [this... more
Speech Esl/esol

07/01/19

Present perfect continuous?

I want to know about origin and duration and present perfect continuous change into past simple,by using origin and duration. For example, >she started playing the trumpet two years... more

Why/When need some kind of short spelling or pronunciation?

In regular usage, nowadays we use short spellings of words in speaking or writing. For example: - They are in the cinema. => They're in the cinema. - We have been waiting for me. => We've... more

07/01/19

Is there a phrase, word or saying when one 'has the thought or feeling of causing hurt of mischief" despite never dreaming of acting on it?

For example I was assisting my sister in photographing a wedding. We were taking pictures as the bride was getting ready and I noticed a ketchup bottle on the kitchen table and the following popped... more

07/01/19

Punctuation of direct speech, edge cases?

I recently learned that I have developed a consistent, but entirely wrong approach to punctuating direct speech in fiction. I am in the unenviable position of trying to relearn. Previously I wrote... more

06/30/19

Is there a more eloquent way to say this?

I'm writing a Salutatorian speech, and would like to say something to the effect "I'm up here and I don't know why." However, I don't know how to say it without offending anybody or seeming rude...... more
Speech Esl/esol Phrases

06/29/19

you are vs you're (informal speech)?

In some common phrases like, "You are what you eat", "Your actions reflect who you are". Is there a reason (besides it sounds funny) to not use, "You're what you eat", "Your actions reflect who... more

06/29/19

you wouldn't know it to see it vs "you wouldn't recognize it to see it"?

Is it more correct to say, "you wouldn't know it to see it" or "you wouldn't recognize it to see"? I have tried looking both up on google, and only the first return's actual usage. Also, the... more

Relative pronouns after prepositions: is it okay to use them in speech?

Consider the following usages of relative pronouns: 1. The lecturer introduces a study *in which* participants were asked to choose one attractive picture. 1. At the university I met famous... more

06/29/19

Simplicity or Complexity, which is more important in speech and writing?

English or any other language could be written or spoken in both the forms, either the user could use simple words or he could use some technical words, my question regarding English is which has... more

06/28/19

What is it? "So live with it you will"?

So live with it you will I wonder how this structure called, when "will" or "shall" are put at the end of the sentence. Is it just re-arrangement of parts or has any special name? Is it only... more
Speech Esl/esol

06/28/19

Should I pause before or after the "that" of an object clause?

For example, if I want to pause in speech, which way is better: > I {a very long adverb phrase} realized | that English is so > useful but not easy to master. or > I {a very long adverb... more
Speech Esl/esol

06/28/19

What is correct: "You've got to be kidding me" or "You are too kind"?

There is a question in my test that makes me confused. Here is the dialogue and I need to fill in the blank: > A: You are a great dancer! > > B: _____. I dance terribly. That is what I... more

06/28/19

Simple present vs. present continuous?

What is the difference between saying: > Are you still working there? > Do you still work there? Which is more common in spoken vs written English? Google books returned results for both... more

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