Tagged: cause effect

Big cows because big horse

flag-of-indonesia In Bahasa Indonesia words are pronounced the way they are spelled. This often leads to some humorous mispronunciations when Indonesians apply the same rule to English.

It’s a good idea to try and overcome this problem, especially in words and phrases commonly used in IELTS Speaking. One such word is ‘because’.

If we say ‘because’ as it is spelled, then it sounds like:

😦 big cows

However, when a native speaker says ‘because’, it sounds very much like:

🙂 big horse

So, next time you want to say ‘because’, say ‘big horse’.

because

@eapguru

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Wrong because of ‘because of’

😦 These problems have become more serious because of the government have failed to end corruption.

Ok, so there’s a problem here because of ‘because of’!

It should read:

🙂 These problems have become more serious because the government have failed to end corruption.

Just follow this rule:

because + cause sentence
because of + cause noun

If you really want to use because of then you might write:

🙂 These problems have become more serious because of the government’s failure to end corruption.

@eapguru