Review of how to form stressed "uh": Let your jaw drop open and relax your tongue so that is is about half way up inside your mouth. Keep your mouth and tongue relaxed while you say it. The stressed "uh" occurs as the stressed syllable of a word.
Illustration of correct lip position Illustration of correct tongue placement
Practice the following words.
1. up 2. under 3. us 4. rush 5. mother 6. hug 7. mud 8. hurry 9. hum 10. rug
11. ugly 12. hundred 13. cut 14. bug 15. once 16. brother 17. summer 18. done 19. one 20. come
Practice the following sentences. 1. Mother told us to hurry. 2. Once in a while I like to hum songs. 3. I had to rush to catch up to the others. 4. John found a bugunder his bed. 5. She gave her brother a big hug. 6. I counted onehundred dollars. 7. He had an uglycut on his hand. 8. Can you come over this summer? 9.Mary was almost done cleaning the mud off her shoes. 10. We bought a new rug.
Practice the following paragraph. During the summer, bugs and insects seem to be everywhere. Hundreds of bees, mosquitoes and spiders come out during the day and rush past us as we work outside. They make ushurry away or go indoors to avoid them. Somebugs hide under rocks or rugs, while others sit in plain view. In my opinion, bugs and insects are a pain in the neck.
Idiom: a pain in the neck Definition: something that is bothersome