Many students know about silent [-e], but I sometimes find a student who is not aware of it, so I want to make sure that it is clear for everyone. When there is just one [-e] at the end of a word, it is silent. Do not try to say it! This is true for… Read More Silent -e
If you have already read Part 1 & Part 2 about –ate, then you already know that you should not put stress on the –ate ending. The tricky part is that sometimes the –ate is not at the end of a word — it may be hidden by a suffix added after it. But even… Read More -ate Part 3: Watch out for hidden -ate
Graduate, or, graduate… Which is the correct pronunciation? Actually, both are right! The other important thing to know about words with –ate is that the “A” uses two different sounds. The good news is that this is a clear and predictable pattern. The letter “A” sounds like Long-A (or the name of the letter “A”)… Read More -ate Part 2: How does it sound?
A very common problem for learners of English is incorrect word stress in words that end with –ate. In fact, almost every student I have worked with has had difficulty with this. Almost everybody makes the mistake of putting the stress on the –ate ending. HERE’S THE RULE: Do not put stress on –ate. Put… Read More -ate Part 1: Don’t Stress It!