273 Answered Questions for the topic speech
Difference between would and will?
Thank you for your time reading this. I am from China and have learned British English for years from my middle school to undergraduate time. I normally take 'would' as the past form of 'will',... more
How do you drop the last part of a number which is of less importance?
Suppose you want to say a number to someone and you do not want to read out the number completely because the last part of the number is not important (at least to your audience). For example, you... more
Determiners in English sentence vs. plurals, singulars and zero determiners. Is it ok to say?
Do I need any determiners in the sentence below in general statement? - Strong winds destroy homes. Is it ok to say in English in specific situation? - The strong wind destroyed the homes in... more
How can I describe a passive type of touching?
If I touch an item (like a book) intentionally, I might say > I touch the book. Now, if this had happened without my being aware of it, I would not say that *I touched it*, but I also would... more
Can the words "With Less" mean "with less money" without adding the word "money"?
I am trying to write an ebook about the things you can make yourself with less resources and money. The title with be something like "Build it yourself with less". My question is: Do I have to add... more
difference between "be free" and "get free"?
What is the difference between the two? And if I want to meet a friend what would I say "I'll be free soon " or "I'll get free soon "
Differences between "frank" and "honest"?
I found a lot of people say "Frankly" or "To be frank" while the others say "Honestly" or "To be honest". I know both of them mean that sb. is going to say sth. which is true in a direct manner.... more
Fun and enjoyable ways to practice pronunciation?
English is not my native language and I'm really proud of being able to write it quite well. I have lots of problems with pronunciation though. In Finnish most words are pronounced the same as they... more
Differences between "very" and "very much" as adjective modifiers?
The following examples are clearly wrong: > × I am very much tired > × She is very much clever But the following sounds fine (at least according to... more
How can I reduce my accent?
Often clients come in the door with exceptional gifts and accomplishments but they feel stuck in their careers because colleagues and potential employers say they have a hard time understanding them.
When to use passive and active voice?
When is it better to use **passive** voice in writing and speech? When is it better to use **active** voice in writing and speech?
Why do we say, "Oh!" when we are surprised?
I have noticed that I and many of my peers tend to say "Oh!" whenever we are surprised or think of an answer to a question. This "Oh!" is not only prevalent in English, but also in Korean and... more
Will you really make my accent go away?
Can you make my accent go away? I have lived in the US for several years.
What do you call private and public boxes where letters are put?
According to Cambridge dictionary, in US, a `mailbox` is a box outside a person's house where letters are put, but in UK, it's a box in the street or other public place in which you can put letters... more
American vs. British English: meaning of "One hundred and fifty"?
I've noticed that Americans do not say "and" when speaking numbers: for example, 150 would be pronounced "one hundred fifty". I and most other British-English speakers would pronounce it "one... more
I realized now how far important this information was?
Is this sentence grammatically OK? > I realized now how far important this information was.
Changing from 1st Person to 2nd Person in the same paragraph?
I want to know if it's okay to change from 1st person (our,we) to 2nd person (you, your) in the same paragraph as follows: TV need not dictate our lives. There is a choice. We can either submit... more
Which speech impediments contain the phonemes affected by said impediments?
There are at least a few terms used to describe specific speech impediments which are themselves difficult for a person with said speech impediment to say. For example: - Li**s**p: Frequently... more
What do people usually mean when they ask "Do you have a family?"?
When American people ask you, "Do you have a family?" does that mean "Do you have any children?" or just "Are you married?"
The way to ask if "everything is done and I can leave"?
For example, you go to the social security office to replace the lost SSN card. The government workers examined all your materials, and after some time they give you something back. However, they... more
Gentle alternative for "abused the crap out of something"?
I really like the saying "abused the crap out of....." because it feels strong. Recently I am asked to prepare a speech and I don't think it's appropriate to use the saying. Are there any formal... more
Why is most North American speech rhotic?
Most North American speech is rhotic—why is that? Does it come from the early English settlers or perhaps from the Irish settlers?