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Old 08-12-2010, 06:40 AM   #211
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In onion I don't find any you sound !!
There is none.
you-sound u, preceded by a: union, uniform, unanimous, utility....etc.
non-you-sound u, preceded by an: unfriendly, uncle, understand?
 
Old 08-12-2010, 06:41 AM   #212
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I, I sir.
 
Old 08-12-2010, 06:42 AM   #213
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U, U, sir!
 
Old 08-12-2010, 06:52 AM   #214
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There is none.
you-sound u, preceded by a: union, uniform, unanimous, utility....etc.
non-you-sound u, preceded by an: unfriendly, uncle, understand?
That was helpful !

Now unoccupied doesn't have you sound but still it has o after un, so it will be an unoccupied space ?
 
Old 08-12-2010, 06:57 AM   #215
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Yes, as already mentioned any unanything is an unanything.
an unoccupied house
an unappetising meal
an unimportant matter
an unacceptable offer

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Old 08-12-2010, 06:59 AM   #216
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The on part of onion is pronounced as un.
Yes I have heard *few* people pronouncing like that, but I pronounce on as on not un, that's why I couldn't understand what you were saying.
 
Old 08-12-2010, 07:31 AM   #217
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Ah, that makes sense. It should be noted that the a/an rule only deals with the vowel that begins the word, any other vowels do not count. So, "an unfriendly" and "an unimportant".
 
Old 08-12-2010, 08:24 AM   #218
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How much shall we charge Anisha for all this English tuition? 50 per question?
 
Old 08-12-2010, 09:05 AM   #219
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English is: not possible | inpossible | unpossible | impossible

Stupid bloody language. I don't know why anyone bothers with it.

Lets all learn Esperanto and have done with it!
 
Old 08-12-2010, 09:17 AM   #220
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How much shall we charge Anisha for all this English tuition? 50 per question?
Till this post of yours you were replying so seriously that I kept on thinking what must be the cause behind your bad mood !! Smoked less cigarettes today ?
 
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Here's a classic example: ghoti, pronounced fish.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoti
 
Old 08-12-2010, 09:20 AM   #222
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Till this post of yours you were replying so seriously that I kept on thinking what must be the cause behind your bad mood !! Smoked less cigarettes today ?
OK. Make it 20. Me? A bad mood? Never. It's brainL who has bad moods.
 
Old 08-12-2010, 10:00 AM   #223
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I've always had a fairly good grasp over the English language. I guess it's because I do so much writing, I have not been able to avoid picking up on it.
 
Old 08-12-2010, 11:25 AM   #224
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anishakaul, in 'unfriendly', you're seeing the 'f' before you see the 'un' and this is scrambling your brain. the operative part of the word is the first letter. if you can fix that in your mind and ignore the following letters, you'll grok it. as always, it's practise that fixes it solidly.
 
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Don't say: a unfriendly priest; say: a nunfriendly priest.

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