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Rhyming Phrases 押韵短语

Hello, I'm Alice from Fujian, China. Could you tell me why English people say 'see you later, alligator' or 'in a while, crocodile'. Are there some other sentences like that in English? Thank you.

Alice, Fujian, China

Diarmuid and Feifei look at how the animal kingdom plays its part in the English language.

This week we have a question about some funny phrases in English.

The key thing about these phrases is that they rhyme.

In English words that have the same or similar sound can be said to rhyme.

A crocodile

See you later, alligator... or do I mean crocodile?

Here are some examples of words in English that rhyme:

  • bed – head
  • blue – you
  • hello – yellow
  • plastic – fantastic
  • coffee - toffee
  • jacket - packet

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