275 Answered Questions for the topic speech
What is the best way of conveying respect to elders in English?
In Afrikaans, it is considered very disrespectful to use "you" ( "jy") when referring to someone who is above the level of a peer. Instead, it is expected that you use "u", which is a very... more
What is the determinant of an English native speaker?
It could be argued that only native speakers of English from England are true native speakers. Other countries that have adopted English as their primary language (America, Australia, Canada) have... more
Is the following ungrammatical expression common in speech?
> Don't be ashamed. It was cute, like a shy teenager. I'm not very sure if this is a grammatical mistake, but I think the correct version would look like this: > Don't be ashamed. It was... more
Stress on "can" and "could"?
> * I can go there. * I could go there. In these sentences, when spoken, how is the meaning altered by putting stress/emphasis on the words *can* and *could*?
Why do people say "Go down this road" or "Go down this corridor" instead of saying "Go straight"?
I was wondering, when giving directions, is it correct to say "go straight" instead of "go down"? Does down and straight in the context of giving directions mean the same thing?
Is there a term for speech that gradually accelerates?
I was having a conversation with a friend about typing text crammedtogetherlikeso, to emulate a very quick speaking pattern. He mentioned cadence in regards to this, but I was thinking that cadence... more
what does "withhold no sacrifice" mean?
Reading Churchill's speech, I don't think I understand the following "withhold no sacrifice, grudge no toil, seek no sordid gain", what does this statement mean?
Using 'show' with 'treatment'?
Is it proper to say 'show special treatment' for example in "He showed him special treatment."? I know it sounds more natural to say, "He took a special interest in him because of his... more
Pronunciation of the word 'infantry'?
I didn't have any doubts about this word, because as I could see it is pronounced in both British and American variants as [ˈinfəntrē] - as it written - and I heard it in modern military usage... more
Usage of 'on the brink of'?
(Talking about a chimp): "In human age, he would have been on the brink of puberty." I was told that this sentence is odd because 'be on the brink of' is usually used for something negative:... more
Phrases with Multiple Auxiliary Verbs?
I'm sorry if this question is already asked. I couldn't find an answer for this anywhere in the internet. My question is: What are the common phrases with multiple auxiliary verbs which are used... more
Night and "knight" in speech?
In English as Germanic language K is ignored at the beginning of word in speech. *Night* and *knight* have to be pronounced similar. Then how to differentiate?
Usage of "ain't" in formal conversation?
Is it okay to use *ain't* in formal conversation? I know *ain't* can be used for *am not, is not, are not, have not, has not.* So if I can use it in day-to-day life, it will be easier for me I guess. more
What does "I fort" stand for?
In Terry Pratchett's *The Truth*, Mr Tulip says "I fort" 5 times. - "I fort that at the start" - "I fort so!" (twice) - "I fort you said this city was a -ing pushover?" - "I fort we wanted to... more
What is the difference between "here" and "over here"?
Sometimes people use "here/there" sometimes "over here/there" what is the difference?
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
Question or statement?
Suppose there is very cold weather of zero temperature. Someone might say "How cold is that" (usually with uptalk inflection). I think they mean "How cold that is". Really it sounds like a... more
This what is vs "This that is"?
Came across the following choice of words from a British-Australian writer. It is not very recognizable to me, and am wondering if it's a question of dialect, or was just a mistake/typo: - All... more
Phrases with Multiple Auxiliary Verbs?
What are the common phrases with multiple auxiliary verbs which are used to make sentences?? Eg: 1. "have to do" - "You have to see a doctor" 2. "should have done" - "you should have attended... more
What does "Come on, let's wrangle up the cattle" mean?
Andy said this to Woody in Toy Story 1. Is this idiom?
Why did common contractions become common?
Examples: > Real life isn't like that, y'know. > > Y'all are awesome. > > I dunno why. > > Where'd you go? This is my theory: these phrases/sentences have been said so... more
Why is the pronunciation of academy and academic so different?
I know that the pronunciation of *academy* can be broken down into: a-cad-emy with the stress on **cad** While that of *academic* can be broken down into ac-a-dem-ic with the stress on the... more
Take my word for it or take my word for this?
Me and a friend got into an argument. He says that you can say "Take my word for this". I say that the proper use is "Take my word for it". Could someone elaborate on each of those and tell us who... more
What does "Rabbit" mean on 1st of June?
My english teacher told me, that is common in England to say "Rabbits" on the 1st of june. What does it mean? where does this tradition come from? Does the people say it only on the 1st of... more