Flower Petal, Or Flower’s Petal?

Flower Petal, Or Flower’s Petal?

The possessive adjective in English must be the most difficult grammar to master. When is it a plain old adjective such as a car door? Or is that really a compound noun? When is it possessive as in a hair’s breadth? Is it a woman’s leg, or a woman leg? Or is at a chair’s leg, or a chair leg? There are many examples of this confusing English grammar point. You would say the tree’s leaves, a butcher’s hook, a horse’s tail. Or you could say a bottle top, a door handle, a computer screen, day break, mountain top. There is an obtuse grammatical explanation about ownership and being part

Funny English

Funny English

It’s fun learning a new language. But sometimes trying to use direct word for word translation can result in some very funny expressions! Private school: NO TRESPASSING WITHOUT PERMISSION. Hotel bedroom, Japan: GUESTS ARE REQUESTED NOT TO SMOKE OR DO OTHER DISGUSTING BEHAVIOURS IN BED. Doctor’s surgery, Rome: SPECIALIST IN WOMEN AND OTHER DISEASES. Cocktail lounge, Norway: LADIES ARE REQUESTED NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN IN THE BAR. Hotel, Acapulco: THE MANAGER HAS PERSONALLY PASSED ALL THE WATER SERVED HERE. Hotel airconditioner instructions, Japan: COOLES AND HEATES: IF YOU WANT CONDITION OF WARM AIR IN YOUR ROOM, PLEASE CONTROL YOURSELF. Zoo, Hungary: PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. IF YOU HAVE

Spot The Schwa!

Spot The Schwa!

The most common sound when we make in English is called the Schwa. It represents up to 15% of our utterances. However, so few people have heard of it. It’s the sound we make when we say ‘cup of tea’, and really say ‘cuppa tea’. It’s this little ‘uh’ sound we use in this example that is the schwa and in phonetics, an upside down ‘e’ is used to represent the schwa. Now have fun finding this common but very small sound. A curvaceous young phoneme called schwa, Said “I never feel strong. It’s bizarre! I’m retiring and meek, And I always sound weak, But in frequency counts – I’m

The Coolest Verb

The Coolest Verb

The English Phrasal Verb English has one of the coolest and at the same time most mysterious of verbs. Verbs to me are the motors that drive phrases and sentences. Normally, as in most languages, these verbs are one word. But in English, we have the special and totally cool phrasal verb. Sometimes now called the multi-word verb. They are normally two words, but sometimes can be longer. For example, to put up with, to look down on or to get on with. Common two-word verbs are give up, get over, take up or get by. All very cool, and should need no thought or consideration when writing. Except! Well,