13 vs. 30 (Pronunciation) plus…Time Phrases & Prepositions

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This was a LIVE English lesson on April 10th. We studied the natural pronunciation of numbers like 13 vs. 30 and 14 vs. 40.
We also looked at time phrases like once a week, twice a month, once every three days, etc. 
Here are the examples:

NATURAL PRONUNCIATION OF NUMBERS
Stress the teen: 13 (thirteen), 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Stress the first syllable: 30 (thirty), 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90
Change “t” sound to “d”: 30 (thirdy), 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90

BUT! When the number is followed by a noun, stress is flat.
A: How many chairs do we need?
B: We need thirteen.
B: We need thirteen chairs.
B: We need thirdy chairs.

TIME PHRASES
once a week
twice a day
three times a month
five times a year
once every week
twice every day
three times every month
five times every year

at 9:00…at noon…at midnight
on Tuesday…on April 13th…on Valentine’s Day
in April…in spring…in 1998…in the 1980’s…in the Ice Age
in the morning…in the afternoon…in the evening…at night
during the week…on the weekend [B.E. at the weekend]

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