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let's learn the difference between some

confusing English words swell swelled

swollen swallow do you confuse some of

those words a lot of my students confuse

the meaning of those words

first I will teach you the meaning and

after that we will practice saying them

in sentences so that you can practice

word stress and linking and finally

after that I will teach you some

idiomatic expressions that contain these

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first word is to swell to swell means to

get bigger when something on your body

is injured or when you have an illness

for example your hand can swell or your

eye can swell or your mouth can swell or

your feet can swell or your legs can

swell that's the verb to swell and the

past tense and the present participle

are swelled swollen so it's swell

swelled swollen and generally the past

tense verb is not used very much most

commonly we use these word

either as an adjective or as a noun and

the adjective is swollen and the noun is

swelling it's swollen his leg is swollen

his ankle is swollen her eye is swollen

it got swollen or swelling that's also

very common and very often the doctor

will use the noun swelling you may have

some swelling after surgery I had

swelling I experienced swelling and we

have one more word the meaning is very

different but the pronunciation is

similar and that's swallow many of my

students say swallow instead of swell be

careful about that one and swallow has

two meanings the first meaning is the

verb to swallow when food or drink goes

down your throat you swallow the food

and you swallow the drink past tense is

swallowed and the other meaning of the

word swallow is a swallow is a bird it's

a kind of bird usually it's blue but not

always swallow

there are swallows in my neighborhood

same spelling same pronunciation

different meaning and now I will teach

you a few idiomatic expressions with

some of these words the first one is to

have a swollen head what do you think

that means if I say he has a swollen

head or you can say his head is swollen

what does that mean

it means he thinks he's very important

he thinks he's more intelligent or more

important than he really is after he won

the championship he got a swollen head

make sure that your head doesn't get

swollen when your English gets better

than everybody else's the next

expression is to swallow one's pride I

swallowed my pride you need to swallow

your pride he swallowed his pride maybe

you think you deserve something better

but you have to accept something lower

you have to swallow your pride for

example maybe you are very educated and

very qualified for a specific type of

job but you have to accept a lower type

of job because you need the money

you need to swallow your pride and

accept it or you have to ask somebody to

forgive you for something but you don't

want to ask them because you have a lot

of pride you need to swallow your pride

you need to swallow your pride and admit

that you made a mistake the next one is

it's a hard pill to swallow it's a hard

pill to swallow this is when you have a

difficult time in your life and you have

to accept a difficult situation or

something very difficult that happen to

you it's a hard pill to swallow you have

a hard time accepting something

difficult not getting accepted to the

University was a hard pill to swallow

and now we will practice saying these

words in sentences so that you can

practice your American accent we will

focus on word stress and linking listen

to me and repeat number one he put ice

on a swollen ankle

let's connect put and ice and it will

sound like this

put ice and for his we're not going to

pronounce the H we're going to say

honest honest and let's link swollen and

ankle as a swollen ankle swollen ankle

let's repeat the whole sentence he put

ice on a swollen ankle number two her

wedding ring didn't fit her swollen

fingers wedding ring is a compound noun

so we stressed the first word and we say

them together as one word wedding ring

and fit her we cross out the H and now

the T is between two vowel sounds and it

sounds like this fitter fitter let's say

the sentence again her wedding ring

didn't fit her swollen fingers number

three the insect bite caused pain and

swelling insect bite is a compound noun

so we stressed the first word insect by

and we will say the insect bite the

insect bite because insect begins with a

vowel sound we don't say that we say the

insect bite let's say that again the

insect bite caused pain and swelling

number four the swelling will decrease

if you keep your feet up and here we

have to thought groups so the first one

is the swelling will decrease and the

second one is if you keep your feet up

so you can take a little pause in

between be careful don't say decrease

it's not a zoo it's an S sound decrease

and we don't say feet up we say feet up

and let's connect those two words feet

up let's say the sentence again the

swelling will decrease if you keep your

feet up number five when I had a sore

throat it hurt to swallow we will say

sore throat in this case we stress

throat not sore because sore is an

adjective and hurt to swallow we have

two T's and we make them sound only as

won t hurt to hurt two and maybe you're

wondering why we don't say it hurts

that's because we're using the past

tense and the past sense of hurt is also

hurt so it's gonna be hurt to swallow in

the past tense and let's connect when I

had a when I had a and let's say the

whole sentence again when I had a sore

throat it hurt to swallow and your

homework is to create your own sentences

using these words so that you can

practice them and be ready to use them

correctly when you're speaking English

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