English is a hard language to learn with lots of grammatical rules and even more exceptions to those rules!
Many of the problems you have with English will get better with practice. However, there are 5 things you could do right now to drastically improve your English
1. Pronunciation of Past Tense "ED"
A regular past tense verb looks like this:
Fairly simple right?
Making a past tense verb is quite straightforward – just add “ed”. But the pronunciation changes depending on the word.
There are three ways to pronounce the ED sound, which I’ll show you below.
Thankfully, there are some rules that you can study to help you remember which word is pronounced which way!
Rule Number 1
If the sound at the end of the base verb ends in a voiceless consonant, we pronounce the ED like T.
A voiceless consonant is when the sound comes from your mouth, and not from your voice box in your throat. Sounds like K, SH, P.
Rule Number 2
If the sound at the end of the base verb vibrates your voice box then pronounce the ED like a D. Sounds such as TH, M, L, B, V.
Rule Number 3
Finally, the easiest rule. If the base verb ends in a T or D sound then the ED sounds like ID.
2. 3rd Person 'S'
3. ED / ING Adjectives
Another one is the difference between ING and ED adjectives.
These sentences have very different meanings!
The rule is:
4. Adverbs & Verbs / Adjectives & Nouns
Now this is an interesting one! It’s another seemingly small issue that can make a huge different in how fluent your English sounds.
It’s very common in spoken English to use adjectives with verbs in some cases.
It’s very common to hear things like this in spoken English. It’s very useful to know, although I would recommend not doing this because it can make your English sound worse in some situations.
5. Isn't it?
The final one today is something known as question tags. We use questions tags to invite the other person to agree with our sentence.
All questions tags are made up of the verb and then the same subject as the start of the sentence.
When we use questions tags with the verb 'To be' or with an auxiliary verb (have, should, can, will) the tags must always mirror the verb in the sentence. For example:
With other verbs we use “do”
A positive statement always goes with a negative question tag, and vice versa. We never have two positives or two negatives in the same sentence.
To read more about questions tags - click here to view a video I made about them!
I hope you found these tips helpful!
Which one do you struggle with the most? Let me know in the comments.
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