‘Give’ – Why it is not an Exception to Anything

We may have all seen some word wall or another which contains words that have to be memorized or learned by heart because they are irregular.  Some of the supposed irregular words include: have, give, said, they, come, their, and one.  They are considered irregular because there appears to be a mismatch between their spellings... Continue Reading →

Learning from ‘please’

Word sums of the base<please> please + es  -->  pleases please + ed -->  pleased please + ing  --> pleasing please + er  -->  pleaser please + ure  --> pleasure please + ant  --> pleasant dis + please  -->  displease dis + please + es  --> displeases dis + please + ed  --> displeased dis... Continue Reading →

Writing the ‘sound’ /k/ in English

Before I begin, I would like to explain certain concepts to make it easier to read the post. I use the forward slashes // to enclose pronunciation, while the angle brackets <> enclose spelling. The term 'graphemes' means a spelling units. Graphemes represent distinct pronunciations. I enclose graphemes in angle brackets: <ck>, <c>, <k>, <qu>.... Continue Reading →

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