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Re: True English

Message  gerardM le Lun 26 Fév - 23:32

Something I realized recently and that I forgot to say here.

In English, 1 is singular, 1.1 to 1.99 is plural, 2 is plural
In French, 1 is singular, 1.001 to 1.999 is singular, 2 is plural.
(I already wrote about this)

What I discovered is that in English, 0 is plural!!!
I don't know about 0,001 to 0,999 yet.

Something weird in English time:
- at the beginning of the "day", they write 0:10am (Fr minuit 10)
- for midday, the clock shows 12:10pm (Fr midi dix)
So for the afternoon, 12:10 is before 1:00.
Brits sometimes (eg in airports) write 0:10 or 12:10 without am nor pm; you now now howto make the distinction between am and pm - 12:01am doesn't exist, 0:01pm doesn't exist.

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Re: True English

Message  gerardM le Jeu 1 Mar - 23:58

Hi everyone,
I'm often thinking about posting this but never when I'm in front of my comp... here we are.

The English language has a pronunciation that is precise; I mean there're oodles of sounds that I cannot perceive.
My father was telling me: "To speak a good American, just fill your mouh with chewing gum". He was joking but I believed him: no it doesn't work, the pronunciation is not something anyone can imagine.
English speaking people hear so well that they have oodles of very close words.

A few examples around "Google"; I let you check the meanings:
- gaggle
- giggle
- goggle
- gogglles
(I just changes the second letter, I could have tried to also change others to find close/confusing pronunciations (for the French).

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Re: True English

Message  MurielB le Ven 2 Mar - 22:17

Let' s remember the picture you have recently posted !

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