How to Pronounce Live vs Leave

How to Pronounce Live vs Leave

Why do the sounds in these words cause so much confusion – and embarrassment?! The difference between Live vs Leave is usually clear.  Live = inhabit. Leave = depart.  The hard part is in pronouncing these words correctly: Leave = leev Live = lihv or l’v  Most...
LIE vs LAY

LIE vs LAY

The First Thing to know is: there is no longer a difference between LAY and LIE. “Lie”(or “lie down”) has traditionally been the word to describe putting yourself in a horizontal position either in bed, on the ground, or some other flat surface.  “Lay” has always been...
LOOSE vs LOSE vs LOSS

LOOSE vs LOSE vs LOSS

Loose … Young children get what we call a “loose tooth.” That is, an adult tooth starts pushing on a baby tooth. This makes the baby tooth wiggle back and forth when gently touched with a finger.  It is a “loose” tooth because the tooth is not tightly held in by...
Felt or Fell?

Felt or Fell?

“Felt” and “fell,” two past tense verbs, are often confused by nonnative speakers. The words look and sound similar, so the confusion is understandable. Still, the words mean two very different things. FALL (fall-fell-fallen).  “Fall” means to drop or come down...