There is a basic rule here for English learners: ed has three different pronunciations in English based on whether the final consonant is voiced (using the vocal chords) or unvoiced (not using them) or a separate syllable. For example:
Here are the rules:
The /t/ sound
If the last consonant of the word is voiceless, then the ED is pronounced as a T. Be ...
No - you shouldn't drop these sounds. If you dropped the -ed sounds from the end of "expressed" it would sound like "express", which is the wrong tense and the sentence would sound grammatically incorrect.
Let's look at your first example:
The government has expressed support
You're asking if you can drop the hard sound because it '...
In casual speech glottalisation of /t/ (its replacement with [ʔ]) - in at least some positions - is far more widespread that AAVE or Cockney (the varieties that have been cited).
For instance, I believe Wikipedia is correct to state that:
In RP, and in many accents such as Cockney as well as all American English, it is common for /t/ to be completely ...
In some cases, /t/ and /d/ (alveolar stops) decay to [ɾ] (alveolar tap), which may be difficult for you to hear since it’s a less distinct sound and not the one you’re expecting.
As a native speaker, I can still hear the difference between “I talk with” and “I talked with”, or between “burn the toast”, “burned the toast” and “burnt the toast”, etc., but the ...
I mean, there aren't much differences between those 2.
Someone is sitting next to me.
Only means that someone is actually sitting close to you ("next to you").
Someone sits next to me.
Could means that someone is sitting next to you, someone is actually sitting (the time you are speaking) next to you or could also be a must for ...
Canceling them out is close but not quite enough. Here are your examples with one small tweak:
I will only study with you.
I can only finish this project with you.
Eat only with me.
The only way to do this is with taking risks.
I only play this game with him.
The “only” is necessary to invert the sentences from double-negative to positive without ...
As you say, in this case, the presence or absence of not doesn't change the meaning.
I can't spar with my dead brother unless he climbs out of his grave gives the meaning, but sounds a bit flat, as though his leaving his grave were a likely occurrence. (Compare You can't travel by train unless you buy a ticket.)
I can't spar with my dead brother - not unless ...
Unless is used to describe something that will happen if something else doesn't happen. For example, "I will walk to school unless it rains," which means that I will walk to school if it does not rain.
"Not unless" is a little more situational. You would probably only use it if asked a yes/no question, to which the answer is "no"...
Although your meaning is clear in each of these, none of them are actually natural English.
Recently, I have been practicing more.
I've been practicing more than I had previously.
I have recently been practicing more than I used to.
You do not need to use both 'recently' and 'in the past' to make that comparison.
The placement of '...
“Come and go” (or “on and off”) can be used to describe intermittency of a normally continuous condition.
A single hiccup is not a continuous condition like a fever, but hiccuping or hiccups are, so the expression works.
Your example is a statement question, which means any question with the grammatical structure of a statement but a question mark (in writing) or rising tone (in speech) that otherwise indicates a question. They are commonly used to express surprise at or disbelief in what the other person said or did; you are literally questioning it by stating it as a ...