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Apostrophe Rules

Apostrophes (’) helps us to make our sentences short but putting them in the wrong place is one of the most common mistakes in the English grammar. It is normally used for two reasons: to show possession or to indicate ownership and to show that certain letters in a contraction are missing. The rules for apostrophes vary with the type of word. A lot of people are confused about when they can use an apostrophe and when they don’t. Here are a few apostrophe rules which will help you: Apostrophes are used to indicate possession. It means that an apostrophe with an "s" after a proper noun indicates that the person, place or thing owns the particular thing. For Example: Mohan’s house or Ram’s car. Remember: a possessive noun needs an apostrophe + “s” (’s) at the end. If there is already an “s”, you have to just add the apostrophe. If there is no “s,” you have to add both - first the apostrophe, and then the “s”.To indicate something belonging to one person, the apostrophe put the…

Phonic Rules

10 Rules for better English PronunciationPhonics refers to associating letters or group of letters along with the sounds they represent. In simple words we can say that Phonics is one method of teaching how to read and pronounce. It is an important tool for reading, writing and pronouncing words. The goal of phonics is to enable learners to decode new written words by pronouncing them in phonics terms. Phonics is normally a part of primary education and if not mastered properly it can lead us towards the incorrect pronunciation of words. Before starting rules for pronunciation lets see the meaning of vowels and consonants which is important part of this topic.
Vowels: There are 26 alphabet letters in English language. Out of these A, E, I, O, and U are vowels. These are the speech sounds made with your mouth open and your tongue in the middle of your mouth not touching your teeth and lips. Vowels can be "Long" or "Short". Sometimes "y" & "w" …

Mispronounced Words

List of wrongly pronounced words in India - Part IPronunciation is the way or the manner of speaking a word. A word can be pronounced in different ways by various persons depending on many factors such as: their location, education, social class, childhood, voice disorders and many more. It is an undeniable fact that in India people have acquired a not-so-bad command of English language but still the mispronunciation of certain words is very common among a good majority of English speakers in India. Below is the list of some commonly used mispronounced words. Science: It is pronounced as saayans not as signs.Receipt: It is pronounced as ri-seet not as ricept.Almond: It is pronounced as Ah-mund, (L is silent) not as Aal-mund.Bury: It is pronounced as Be-ri and not as Burr-ri.Dengue: It is pronounced as Den-gee not as Den-goo.Pizza: It is pronounced as peet-zuh not as Pi-za.Genre: It is pronounced as Zhon-ruh not as Jen-ner.Quote: It is pronounced as kwo-te not as coat.Sour: It is pronou…