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Jun
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comment International Phonetic Alphabet: why are the symbols used for the letter “i” in “champion” and “billion” different?
@all: I see I am just not cut to joust with specia-lists! Impressive!
Jun
28
comment International Phonetic Alphabet: why are the symbols used for the letter “i” in “champion” and “billion” different?
@JanusBahsJacquet: I thought a "glide" was starting one vowel and moving to another without interruption, as in some American pronunciations of "cat" or "Ann", where they sound like "keæt" and "Eæn"?!
Jun
28
comment International Phonetic Alphabet: why are the symbols used for the letter “i” in “champion” and “billion” different?
@JanusBahsJacquet: is it that there is a semi-vowel (so, consonant) sound in "billion" and a diphtong sound in "champion"?
Jun
28
comment International Phonetic Alphabet: why are the symbols used for the letter “i” in “champion” and “billion” different?
@JanusBahsJacquet: (you are right, there is "i" with dot and without, but, in teaching students at high school level in Switzerland, for the sake of commodity, I do not make a difference between the two…)
Jun
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asked International Phonetic Alphabet: why are the symbols used for the letter “i” in “champion” and “billion” different?
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May
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revised I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
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May
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accepted I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
May
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comment I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
"go back to" the structure commonly recorded in grammar books. Sorry!
May
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revised I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
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May
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comment I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
So, something like "you had better not be the culprit"… which enables one to fall back on "had better" + simple infinitive…
May
25
comment I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
I did not know that "You had better not have done this!" was possible! My many trusted grammar books do not say anything about "had better" followed by a perfect infinitive. This is why I so appreciate this website and its knowledgeable guests!
May
25
revised I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
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answered I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
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asked I can say: “You shouldn't have done this!” Can I say: “You had better not have done this!”?
May
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revised Why is the same modal auxiliary, 'may/might' used to ask permission and for uncertainty?
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answered When to use “Do you mind…?” and when “Would you mind…?”