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One construction students of the English language inevitably encounter in their course of study is the conversion of an active sentence into a passive one (passivization), e.g.: John bought a car. (active) –> A car was bought by John. (passive) … Continue reading
When touring around Thailand, it isn’t uncommon to encounter attractions with a most disagreeable double pricing system (higher admission cost for non-Thai nationals, you would never find this in Europe… Anyway…). I imagine three categories of non-Thai tourist: those who … Continue reading
ประเทศไทย or [prà.thê:t.thai] (Thailand) is probably one of the first words a student of Thai would memorize. In this post, I explore the ประ [prà] and เทศ [thê:t] of Thailand.
In this post, I’ll be discussing the usage of เผื่อ /phɯ̀a/ and เพื่อ /phɯ̂a/, which is often confused by learners of Thai due to their similar phonological and semantic values.
In a recent post, I had originally mentioned asparagus/asparagi as an example of hypercorrection due to the common Latin pluralization rule of –us –> –i . However, from further investigation I’m not so sure that asparagus/asparagi is actually so “wrong” after … Continue reading
What’s the plural of octopus? Everybody I’ve asked recently (about ten native speakers in the last month) has replied with either “octopuses” or both “octopuses” and “octopi.” I must confess, I would have probably answered with “octopi,” if it weren’t … Continue reading