Pronunciation can be a tricky affair sometimes. For instance, ‘com’ can be ‘kəm’ or ‘kɒm’, depending on the form of the word. One example is “compete”. The verb ‘compete’ is pronounced as kəmˈpiːt. The noun form: ‘competition’ is pronounced as kɒmpɪˈtɪʃən. Another tricky word is ‘sword’. The ‘w’ is silent. It should be pronounced as ‘sɔːd’. ‘Subtle’ is pronounced as […]
Pronunciation can be a tricky affair sometimes. For instance, ‘com’ can be ‘kəm’ or ‘kɒm’, depending on the form of the word. One example is “compete”. The verb ‘compete’ is pronounced as kəmˈpiːt. The noun form: ‘competition’ is pronounced as kɒmpɪˈtɪʃən.
Another tricky word is ‘sword’. The ‘w’ is silent. It should be pronounced as ‘sɔːd’.
‘Subtle’ is pronounced as ˈsʌtl. The ‘b’ sound is silent.
There are many silent letters in words starting with ‘w’ for instance, ‘wrangle’ and ‘wreck’.
Red is another word that is wrongly pronounced by many non-native speakers as ‘reɪd’. It should be ‘rɛd’.
Here are more examples of ‘con’ and ‘com’. The phonetic transcriptions will tell you if it is ‘kəm’ or ‘kɒm’. 9 out of 10 native speakers can’t pronounce these words accurately. Are you one of them?
|I attended a concert.||A program of action was concerted during the discussion.||–|
|condition||kənˈdɪʃən||conditioned: kənˈdɪʃənd||conditional: kənˈdɪʃənl|
|It is in good condition.||The dogs have been conditioned to react to subtle signals.||Unconditional love|
|TV console/ consolation prize/ I offered a few words of consolation.||She consoled her best friend.||She was inconsolable.|
|The contestant in the singing contest||He wants to contest in the election.||He won three of the contestable awards.|
|He lacks confidence.||I wish to confide in someone.||a confident speaker|
|We expect consistency in food quality.||My grocery list consists primarily of essential food.||consistent performance|
|The food container||The box contains my books.||He remained contained when he was handcuffed.|
|Received a complaint||She is going to complain to the teacher about the bully in class.||complainable decisions|
|They remain in contact after graduation.||Please contact the customer service.||stay contactable|
|Raw meat must not be stored together with fruits to avoid cross- contamination.||Dirty hands can contaminate food.||The contaminated milk has been removed from the shelf.|
|She will receive her diploma upon completion of her studies.||Please complete your work.||A complete change|
|Rules and conventions permeate our society.||They convened at the function room for a seminar.||A handshake is a conventional form of greeting.|
|It is hard to avoid conflicts sometimes.||The account of one student conflicted with that of the other.||confliciting viewpoints|
|hoping for your kind|
|I might consider this option.||considerate neighbour|