How to Pronounce 'BELLWETHER' - English Pronunciation

 

In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word "bellwether". This word is a noun and describes someone who takes the lead and sets trends. A long time ago, shepherds hung a bell around the neck of one sheep of its flock designating it the leader. Therefore, bellwether is a combination of the words "bell" and "wether", a male sheep that has been castrated.


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This unit talked about conditional and reported speec.
For conditional, there are zero condition, first condition, second condition, third condition, and mixed conditio.
Below is more detail of these five condition.
Zero Condition: Usage ? It refers to actions and facts that are irrefutable Form ? If/when + present tense, present tense When you boil water, you get stea.
Water turns to ice if you freeze i.
First Condition: Usage ? This talks about a ?real? situation in the future that is possible, probably or even certain, once the condition has been satisfie.
Form - If + present simple, will (or any modal verbs such as must, shall, should, would, can, could, may, and migh.
If he studies hard, he will pass the examinatio.
She might buy it if she has enough money Second Condition: Usage ? Communicates a present or future ?unreal?, hypothetical situation that is presently not true and is unlikely ever to be tru.
Form ? If + past simple, would/could/might + base form If I won the lottery, I would travel the worl.
If I had a time machine, I could go back to the dark age.
(When the verb ?to be? is used in the ?if? clause, it can be ?if I was? or ?if I were?, the latter is more forma.
) Third Condition: Usage ? Refers to a hypothetical past action (or non-action) and the hypothetical past consequence/resul.
As the ?action? was purely hypothetical, the condition could never have been satisfie.
Subsequently the consequence is or was impossibl.
Form ? If + past perfect, would/could/might + have + past participle If I had practiced the piano, I would have been bette.
(but I didn?t practice the piano ) She would have been angry if she had seen m.
(but she didn?t see me) Mixed Condition: Usage ? We sometimes combine a second condition clause with a third condition al claus.
Form ? If + past perfect, would + base form If I had listened to him, I would be in serious trouble now (I didn?t listen to him, so I am not in troubl.
) For reporting speech, the question word (when, where, why, who, what, how et.
) remains but the form of verb changes into the positive form, the question mark being omitted in reported question.



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