“No. Crème brûlée can never be Jell-O. YOU could never be Jell-O!” As Julia Roberts perfectly explains to Cameron Diaz in My Best Friends Wedding. Sometimes people want things to be different than they really are, but despite these good intentions, sometimes you just have to accept that crème brûlée will never be Jell-O.
So… I have a really silly pet peeve. And it has to do with something trying to be Jell-O when it clearly isn’t Jell-O. I hate when people say that “
gh" as in enough
- "o" as in women
- "ti" as in
But what these people fail to acknowledge is that those sounds only make those sounds based on the surrounding sounds and their position in those words. The proof is in the following bit of pudding (or should I
To learn more of the unknown rules of English, use
Liz Raes said
Add to vowel chart
Richard Forward said
Alot of english trainers should spend time on your site very witty !
cinco años de colegio y cinco de licenciatura en ingles y hasta ahora es que vengo a ver estas reglas. si me las hubieran enseñado antes creo que aprender ingles hubiera sido mas facil.
Translation: "Five years of college and five of English Bachelor's Degree and so far [this is the first time] I come to see these rules. If they had taught me [these] before I think learning English would have been easier.
WOW!!! This is excellent! Why am I not surprised that this isn't a part of our school systems?? EVERY SCHOOL IN THE U.S.!! I have a feeling there's many more like this that are being overlooked. Instead of putting so much empyhasis on MOVING the BODY...THE BRAIN NEEDS TO BE EXERCISED, TOO!! There's hope...only about 13 months left until we have a a new President!! One (and the First Lady!!) that'll hopefully put major emyphasis on resurrecting our ENTIRE CURRICULM/SCHOOL SYSTEMS!!
Thanks so much for sharing this info.!!! :-)
So sad this is now "Unknown"—it was all standard elementary school curriculum in the early ‘60s… No wonder my kids never learned to spell
but the exceptions need to be known.
rule #4: silent E, "opposite" (i isn't a diphthong) "live" (short i) - not all Es in final position are silent.
rule #5. exception is FRIEND. (silent first vowel and long second vowel).
rule #6 just isn't clear. do you mean consonant clusters?
shouldn't rule #7 read: "when two consonants follow a vowel, the consonants split"?
@alex of course! Exceptions are important to point out and for students to learn. We try and address exceptions AFTER students learn the rule. That way they don't give too much emphasis to the exceptions. But yes, exceptions are important.
ENGLISH ! WHAT A LANGUAGE BREEDING NEW DIMENSIONS CONSTANTLY !!