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“Bear with me,” the standard expression, is a request for forbearance or patience. “Bare with me” would be an invitation to undress. (Common Errors in English Usage, by Paul Brians)
Here's what you get: bye 1 |bī| noun 1 the transfer of a competitor directly to the next round of a competition in the absence of an assigned opponent. [From the New Oxford American Dictionary.]
The word buffalo is interesting because it can be both a singular and a plural noun as well as a verb whose conjugation is the same for both singular and plural subjects, and, when capitalized, the name of a city. Let's replace each instance of buffalo with a different word that acts similarly to the way that instance of buffalo is used and then parse ...
Homonym. In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings. Thus homonyms are simultaneously homographs (words that share the same spelling, irrespective of their pronunciation) and homophones (words that share the same pronunciation, irrespective ...
Ball as in 'sphere' comes from Norse 'bǫllr' /bɔlːr/, while ball as in 'dance party' comes from Latin 'ballare', which in turn became 'bal' (French for 'a dance'). Totally different roots, it's just one of those quirks of English having absorbed bits of so many different languages. Edit as requested to provide a bit more detail: 'Ball' meaning 'sphere' ...
The answer is simple. You just need to think about how you learned your native language. By ear. Children learn how to speak their native tongue first, and only then learned the grammar and spelling. Thus, many will "sound" a word out to spell it. English language learners, on the other hand, usually learned how to spell a word first, and focused on ...
According to the OED, bye is correct word. b. The position of an individual, who, in consequence of the numbers being odd, is left without a competitor after the rest have been drawn in pairs. (OED also points out a few other uses of bye in sports, but with different meanings.) And while it specifically doesn't clarify whether the competitor ...
No. "All together" is used to refer to a collection of people or things that are in the same place; for example, "The spoons are all together in the left drawer." "Altogether" means "in sum" or "in total"; for example, "Altogether, the repairs to my car cost $4000."
The real difference between these pronunciations is that use (the noun) is pronounced with an /s/ and use (the verb) is pronounced with an /z/ (except in the construction used to). In American English, vowels that are followed by a voiced consonant are longer than those followed by an unvoiced consonant (see this wikipedia page), and this is the source of ...
To buffalo means to intimidate. Buffalo is a place as well as an animal (bison), so there are buffalo from Buffalo as well as buffalo from other places. And they can intimidate anything, including bison. If you really want the details, read it all here. It's semantically parseable, but you'd be lucky to find a context where you could meaningfully say it ...
I have never seen it written phantasy much, except in medical texts. The NOAD seems to confirm this: phantasy (noun): variant spelling of fantasy (restricted to archaic uses or, in modern use, to the fields of psychology and psychiatry).
Remove the modal verb (would, could, should, etc.) from the sentence, and see if it still makes sense. I would have won. -> I have won. (works!) *I would of won. -> I of won. (nope, that's not right...) You can be sure that if the sentence is supposed to have have, then you can always remove the modal.
Defuse the situation is the more sensible of the two: It employs the metaphor that the situation is a bomb, and may explode. Defusing it will render it harmless. Diffusing a situation would mean to spread it out and make it less concentrated. You can make a case that the intensity of the situation needs diffusion to make it less dangerous, but I believe ...
The word is eggcorn a word or phrase that results from a mishearing or misinterpretation of another, an element of the original being substituted for one which sounds very similar. We even have an eggcorn tag.
The phrasal verb is bear with, not bare with. Bear with me means have patience with me, or be tolerant with me.
The words flour and flower do not only have the same root, but they were also spelled the same until around 1830. (See etymonline.) Not only did Shakespeare rhyme hour with flower, but he also sometimes spelled them the same. It fears not policy that Hereticke, Which works on leases of short numbred howers, But all alone stands hugely pollitick, ...
complimentary: free on the house complementary: to go with something
Context. "The Black Knight" isn't going to provide enough context to determine which (k)night is meant; "The black knight rode in on his charger" probably will. The presence of an article might help; knight will usually need some determiner and night often does not. However you will still encounter a sentence like "the night was dark" where you have to ...
The OED notes that fantasy and phantasy are usually considered separate words in modern use: In mod. use fantasy and phantasy, in spite of their identity in sound and in ultimate etymology, tend to be apprehended as separate words, the predominant sense of the former being ‘caprice, whim, fanciful invention’, while that of the latter is ‘imagination, ...
First of all, it helps to enclose the phrase in quotes when googling: "bear the shame" — 607,000 "bare the shame" — 83,400 Secondly, having looked through the first 10 pages of the Google results for "bare the shame", exposing would not work in most of those contexts at all, it's quite obviously carrying. And quite a few of those contexts feature ...
Your is almost universally used these days for you're. This is simply not true. A quick glance through newspapers, magazines, websites and other particularly current writing, finds many instances of you're. It is true that your is sometimes written when one means you're. A large number of these are mistakes rather than the result of ignorance or ...
Since a homophone is defined as (my emphasis): Each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling, e.g., new and knew. (Oxford Dictionaries) I guess that means that may ("allowed to"), May (the month), and Mae (the female name) are homophones.
Your intuition regarding the two expressions is roughly correct. There is no definition of "mute" that isn't in some way related to silence or speechlessness. Confusion may arise from "moot", however, as the American and British usage of the adjective differs. The American "moot" indicates that something has no practical significance. This is more or less ...
You're is a contraction of you are whereas your solely refers to possession. So Your free to... is entirely incorrect.
I don't know about regional or dialect changes, but "use" has only one pronunciation for what concerns the "vowel" sound in it. The last consonant sound changes, being [s] and [z]. It's [juːs] when it's a noun and [juːz] when it's a verb, becoming [ju:st] when we have the construction "used t-o".
(NOTE: This post is for Buffalox8, but the same 'method' is used to parse it.) From Yulia at Goodreads: He [I have no idea who Yulia is referring to] wrote: The trick here is that "buffalo" can be a noun, an adjective, and a verb. Noun: the large mammal, obviously. :) Adjective: Buffalo the city, as in "a Buffalo man" meaning a "man from ...
Both pronunciations are used in the US, but only root in the UK.
In my local dialect (Toronto, Canada), it is root for a roadway, and rowt (but that's very approximate; see Canadian raising ) for the act of specifying a path (and rowter for the computer networking device)
It's a question of dialects. In the UK, it is pronounced as a homonym to root, as already been addressed. In America, it seems that those that pronounce it as a homonym to root are more concentrated on the east coast. Source: http://dialect.redlog.net/staticmaps/q_26.html
For most English dialects, there is no difference in pronunciation between rowed and rode, and so there would be no "way to pronounce these words unambiguously so a discerning listener could tell them apart."
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