Idiom of the Day
sign on the dotted line
to place one's signature on a contract or other important paper
The sales manager gave me the contract and asked me to sign on the dotted line.
Cutting Edge Technologies Soon to be Used in Cars
Air conditioned Seats
The standard model for air conditioned seats was developed by National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This technology enables one to cool down the entire body of the car seats, such as the driver s as well as the passenger seats. The fabric used on the air conditioned seat is porous mesh to allow the air flow through it, whereas multiple fans inside the seat produce refrigerated air circulation. The porous covering of the seat allows body s natural cooling system to work even when sitting down and keeps cool by circulating air across skin while the moving air carries body s heat away. Mercedes Benz has also developed exclusive hot stone massage bucket seats for their 2014 S Class which operates through 14 tiny air bags that inflate and deflate to stimulate the occupant s backside.
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.