Idiom of the Day
run out of time
to use up all the available time
We ran out of time at the meeting so we could not discuss the staffing issue.
How to Improve English
Figure out how YOU learn
Everyone has their own learning style. Some people learn with their hands, some with their eyes, some with their ears, and some are a combination of the three. Your best friend may be able to recite English poetry after hearing it once when you need to see it to understand. Once you figure out how you learn, you can cater your studying habits to your abilities.
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The plural ending -(e)s has three different pronunciations. After one of the 'sibilant' sounds /s/, Izl, ll, /3A /tj/ and /d3A -es is pronounced hzl.
buses/'bASiz/ crashes /'kraefiz/ watches/'wotjiz/
quizzes/' kwiziz/ garages/'gaera:3iz/ br/dges/'brid3iz/ After any other 'unvoiced' sound (/pA /f/, /0/, /t/ or /k/), -(ejs is pronounced /s/.
cups /kAps/ bafbs /ba:0s/ boo/cs/buks/
coughs /kofs/ plates /pleits/ After all other sounds (vowels and voiced consonants except Izl, l$l and /d3/), -(e)s is pronounced Izl.
daysldeizl knives /naivz/ hills /hilz/ dreams /dri:mz/
boys/boiz/ clothes /klaudz/ /egs/legz/ songs/st»r]z/
frees /tri:z/ ends/endz/ Exceptions:
house/haus/ houses /hauziz/ mouth /mau8/ mouths /maudz/ Third-person singular verbs (for example watches, wants, runs) and possessives (for example George's, Mark's, Joe's) follow the same pronunciation rules.