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  • Breath vs. Breathe

  • Even native speakers mess this one up.

  • In this video, you'll learn the difference between these two words.

  • Breath vs. breathe.

  • Breath, with no E at the end, is a noun.

  • And when it's really cold, you can see your breath.

  • Let's see if it's cold enough in here to see my breath.

  • Hhhh.

  • Is it cold enough cause you see it?

  • What about breathe?

  • This has an E on the end.

  • And now you can see me breathe, it's a verb.

  • If I breathe very dramatically and loudly, you can see it.

  • Breathe.

  • Even native speakers mix these up when writing.

  • Just the other day, I saw this comment on Facebook.

  • “I love Michelle Obama so much I can hardly breath.”

  • This is the wrong word.

  • It should bebreathe”, the verb, with an E at the end.

  • The person who wrote this is a native speaker.

  • Went to college.

  • Smart.

  • So, these kinds of mistakes can happen to any of us.

  • So when you're writing, remember the letter E makes the verb,

  • and the word VERB has a letter E in it so maybe that will help you remember.

  • Now, let's talk about the difference in pronunciation.

  • The noun, breath, ends with the unvoiced TH, th--

  • The tongue must come through the teeth and be relaxed so that the air can flow freely.

  • Thhh.

  • Breath.

  • The vowel here is the EH as in BED vowel.

  • EH. Brea--

  • So your jaw drops, and the middle of the tongue lifts,

  • EH. Brea--

  • Breath.

  • If you add an E at the end to make the verb, it changes two things about the pronunciation,

  • the vowel and the TH.

  • The vowel becomes the EE as in SHE vowel.

  • EE. Breathe.

  • So the tongue tip stays down

  • and the front part of the tongue arches towards the roof of the mouth.

  • It gets pretty high up there for this vowel.

  • EE. Breathe.

  • And the consonant changes to the voiced TH. Thh-- thh--

  • So it's the same tongue position but you're making the sound with the vocal cords.

  • Th-- breathe.

  • Now, when a word ends in a voiced consonant like 'breathe',

  • instead of an unvoiced consonant like 'breath',

  • it makes the word a little longer, the stressed syllable.

  • So hold out that vowel a little more.

  • Part of the difference between these two words is the length.

  • Breath. Breathe. Breathe.

  • You can hear I'm holding out that vowel just a little bit more.

  • Breath vs. breathe.

  • Now you know the difference and you can say these two words, or write these two words,

  • with confidence.

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Breath vs. Breathe

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Breath vs. Breathe Pronunciation and Grammar

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    Caurora posted on 2018/05/07
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