Twilight..... there are probably several grammatical and spelling errors on every lone of your post above, but I always enjoy reading your comments.
Readsalot makes a valid point about the importance of good English but the great thing about my beautiful language is that it's flexible. Sure there are rules and they're important but mostly we don't mind if they occasionally get a bent a little if it helps the story flow more easily or it keeps us interested.
When I was studying for English Language GCSE more years ago now than I care to think about, I found a lovely little book called i before e (except after c)
. The title of the book is actually one of the first spelling rules we learn in school. I think I picked it up around the age of 6. It's a good rule in general
but it certainly isn't hard and fast.
i before e except after c
or when sounded like a
as in neigh, sleigh and weigh.
This mnemonic is drummed into us as small children and it works in a sentence like "Receive a piece of Pie." But all rules have exceptions just to make life interesting and keep us on our toes. Numerous exceptions to the rule include words like neither, height, leisure and weird.
The English language is full of complexities and contradictions which can make spelling and pronunciation of some words difficult to predict. Here is a little poem that cleverly highlights a number of problem words that anybody who wants to be accurate in their use of English should be aware of:
I take it you already know,
Others may stumble but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, lough
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
to learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard,
a beautiful word
That looks like beard
and sounds like bird,
it's said like bed
For goodness sake don't call it deed
Watch out for meat
They rhyme with suite
is not a moth in mother,
in bother, broth
is not a match for their
and then there's does
Just look them up - and goose
Come, come, I've hardly made a start!
A dreadful language? Man alive!
I learned all this when I was five!
Please correct my spelling and grammar as you wish. It will be interesting to read how many mistakes I made.
American spelling and punctuation does not apply. The language is English. The clue is in the name.
rose is by any other other mane.
this poem is would helpful to me, are similar to , when i was much younger as a kid.
actually, the poem is a different approach how i learned, it should been taught me then.
cough, how words can you used that similar to cough like rough, you like to sound the words and spelling them right, and then make a sentence out.
you have a cough like you come down with a rough cold. or you come down with a rough cold, you need to lie on a conch. you need to be take a care by a beautiful british nurse, that lousy boyfiend of hers will come over and shoot you dead.
with this paragraph, you make up words that rythme " ou ". you can create in storylike ideas.
i before e except y. or other vowels tricks that i never remember thinking about them, when i writing.
most english grammar, wasn't much prursuit by teachers. in sense, they did sometime gout out of their way to help me in. they were more concern about my spelling, which i had learning abilities to give me mental blocks in spelling.
the teachers gave us ten words to remember we studied. the next day, or a week to learn them. i took me hours and even days , to study them. i understood the words in their meaning. when the test came around, the teacher said the word. i have problems trying to remember the letters in the word. i usually get two to four right, but other words maybe few more right. but the other words, i guess at and make up my own words up.
then i read a lot of comic books, when i was six through eight, i read comic books to learn to read. before then i just look at pictures in comic books and other books. i read the words that i knew or pronouce, sometimes i make my own words, i thought that fit the picture.
i don't really remember i was really little, up to six than anybody read to me. i always had a lot of books that i owned, i just looked at the pictures, and used my imagination to figure out the storyline.
in high school, i read a lot of books on my own, because i love to read and it really interested me. the fact like i said before, the teachers help me the best, they can. but, i learned almost everything on my own in my education.