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Is there a regional preference for accenting the first syllable in “finance” vs. the second syllable?

I accent the first syllable in "finance", but I have a colleague who accents the second syllable. The debate in my office (which is strictly American) now falls between people who say accenting the ...
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Do the words with non-palatalized pronunciation of g/c (“get”, “give”) always have a Germanic origin?

In English, ge/gi is sometimes pronounced as [ge]/[gi], but mostly as [dʒe]/[dʒi]. The second form is explained as palatalization in the topic What is the origin of the different pronunciations of C ...
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Why do the first and last “t” in “taste” sound different?

When I listened to the audio pronunciation of "taste" /teɪst/, I noticed that the first and last "t" sound different: the first "t" sounds like [tʰ] while the second one sounds more like [tsʰ]. Words ...
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The pronunciation of “was” has changed since the Seventeenth Century. When and why did it change"?

In Chaucer and John Donne "was" is pronounced like "wahss" but nowadays we say "woz". When did the change occur? and why?
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Pronunciation of Jesus' feet [duplicate]

Can someone help me to clarify this. Is the word Jesus' feet pronounced as "Jesuses feet" or simply "Jesus feet"? I read up some articles and most of them said both versions are correct. However, ...
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the and thee (I prefer to pronounce it as thuh all the time) [closed]

My question is can I always pronounce THE with thuh instead of thee? Because unlike "a" "an" rule, pronouncing "thee" seems cumbersome for some people (including me) Note that I know the "emphasis" ...
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Is there a phonetic difference between the final vowel sounds of “butter” and “action” in Australian English?

The Macquarie Dictionary lists the following pronunciations: butter /ˈbʌtə/, apart /əˈpaːt/ & action /ˈækʃən/. Wiktionary lists them as butter /ˈbʌ.tə/ (RP), apart /əˈpɑː(ɹ)t/ (RP) & action ...
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Are there any words pronounced with an unstressed short monophthong at the end of word that are not /ə/?

Following my question Are there any words in English pronounced with /e/ at the end? I was wondering if there are any words pronounced with an unstressed short monophthong at the end of word that are ...
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How to make schwa sound?

I'm not a native English speaker, and my language doesn't have the SCHWA sound. It would be so helpful if there are any tips to make the sound. Thanks,
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Which English words place the tip of the tongue between teeth? [closed]

Which English words place the tip of the tongue between teeth? For example: other and that
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Pledge (pledʒ) pronunciation [closed]

I'm wondering if 'pledge' could be or is somewhere in the nowadays English world pronounced as 'plidʒ'. As I found (though seems not to be very reliable as it is only one source) pledge had the ...
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Pronunciation of subreddit names

I'm unsure of how to pronounce subreddit names in casual conversation without preface. I read /r/funny mentally as "R funny", but this doesn't always work in conversation, especially with acronym ...
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What's the Correct Pronunciation of g and t here? [closed]

Do English speakers pronounce the character (g) in (verb+ing) like "working"? and What is the correct pronunciation of the letter (t) at the end of words like (doubt)?
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Synonym of many, multitude, etc., but starting with ph- [closed]

I have been working on my tongue, but not able to get it. The word means many, multiple, multitude and so on. The closest that my brain can think is something rhyming with "phelanthra". A phrase ...
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Connexion pronunciation & verb

Connexion is the original and variant spelling of "connection", common until at least the 19th century, and still occasionally used in British English (it was the house style of The Times of London ...
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How to pronounce R² [duplicate]

How do I pronounce R² as seen in chemistry formulas or maths? I can pronounce it as "R-square" but what other word is there for "square"?
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/i/ sound before ng and nk

I'm a substitute teacher and recently was teaching a kindergarten class about long i sound. They were crossing out words without long i, circling words with long i. One of the words was ink. I told ...
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Pronunciation of “SUS” in “Stainless Steel SUS 304”

How do engineers and the like who are native speakers of English pronounce “SUS” (stainless steel)? Like the verb “suss”? Like “SOS” (mayday) but with “U”?
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Pronunciation of council/counsellor

I have heard sometimes the [æ] vowel in either concil [kaʊnsl/kounsəl] or counsellor [kaʊnsələ(r)/kouns(ə)lər], as in this British pronunciation of counsellor. It sounds rather like cat [kæt] than cow ...
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Are the words “whine” and “wine” pronounced the same?

These two words sound exactly the same to me. Are we assuming the "h" in "whine" is silent?
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Are the words “merry”, “marry” and “Mary” pronounced the same? [duplicate]

These three words sound exactly alike to me. Example: "The merry man married Mary!" Is there a different pronunciation between these three words? Does having an accent change the pronunciation? Is ...
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How to pronounce “arch” in Linuxese?

Tech stands for technique or technology. But how should one pronounce tech? Is it as /tɛk/ as in technical or /tɛtʃ/ as in tetchy? Similarly, arch stands for architect or architecture. How do you ...
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How common is pronouncing the past tense of beat as /bet/?

Personally, I pronounce the past tense of "beat" (to win at a game) as /biːt/, to sound identical to the infinitive. However, I have heard a few people under the age of 30 and from either the west or ...
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Are there any words in English pronounced with /eː/ which aren't spelt with a following “r”?

In Australian English (non-rhotic) the word "air" is pronounced /eː/, in Canadian English (rhotic) it is pronounced /ɛɹ/ and most other dialects pronounce it as somewhere between those two. All the ...
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Are there any words in English pronounced with /e/ at the end?

In first-language English pronunciation (Australian, British, American, etc., not Indian, Malaysian, etc.) are there any words with the /e/ (or /ɛ/) sound in "bed" /bed/ at the end of a word? As a ...
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about the word data [duplicate]

I though it was British vs. American but watching Star Trek I've noticed the same character using two different pronunciations. Then I noticed other characters doing the same. Is there any rule for ...
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Exercises for pronouncing the r

I'm a dutch programmer working in a international team where English is the main language. In my native language I have pretty decent articulation. However, when speaking English I have a lot of ...
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What's the status of voiceless “t” in AmE?

The theory has it that in the US people tend to voice intervocalic "T" like in writer sounding more or less like rider. My question is - how do Americans perceive voiceless pronunciation? (Not only in ...
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Can organisations personally determine pronunciation of their own brand name?

In fact, question from the title. Are there any traditions, customs about stressed syllables of brands? The problem is - many of brands contained fictional words, which, of course, have not been ...
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How to pronounce letter “e” in new invented brand names? (in fictional words) [duplicate]

Ok guys, let's imagine that I'm creator of names of legal entities. So, if the name of the next organisation is fully new (the words don't use ever before), then how can I understand what sounds it's ...
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How would you say (write) “Where are you going?” in a Yorkshire dialect?

I think that this might be close to: Wɪər ðæ gɔːwɪn? This would roughly be Wi-er tha gaw-in? In this example, the first word would be the two words where and are put together Wɪər, but somewhere in my ...
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Pronunciation of “the” before a long u sound

All my life I have been hearing and pronouncing /ði/(unstressed) in "the US", "the UK" and "the UN", but I'm not sure that was correct. How do you pronounce "the" before a long u sound? I searched ...
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Foreign name usage in conversation [duplicate]

I’m English and confused. Is jalapeno spoken with the sound ‘jal’ or ‘hal’? ‘Hal’ is how Spanish people pronounce it, but I’m English. If the answer’s ‘hal’, do I say I’m going to ‘Paree’ instead of ...
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How to pronounce “gemænscipe”?

I'm not sure if Old English counts here, but I can't find the answer to this anywhere. How would one pronounce gemænscipe? I believe it's Old English for "community".
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How do you pronounce “read receipt”? [closed]

Is it past tense (/rɛd/) or present tense (/rid/)? I can imagine rationale for either choice. Past tense because it's an acknowledgment that the message has been read, or present tense because it's ...
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What is the origin of the word “What”?

Where does the word what come from? Why do we say wot when it's spelt the way it is?
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Why is “poignant” pronounced /ˈpɔɪɲənt/?

I felt a little bit strange when I heard poignant pronounced as /ˈpɔɪɲənt/. It is also pronounced as /ˈpɔɪgnənt/, but the former seems to be more popular. A word stagnant has similar spelling, but ...
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Pronunciation of the words 'height' and 'weight'

Why is "height" an "weight" pronounced differently, when the spellings are so similar? Is there any logical explanation or it evolved that way?
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Rule to pronounce words ending with “age”

Is there a rule to pronounce words ending with "age" ? ex : usage , outage => normal pronunciation of word "age" ex : sabotage , mirage => seems to be french pronunciation of "age"
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Unnecessarily Using a Long “E” Sound in Plurals Whose Singular Form Ends in “S”

Singular "analysis" becomes plural "analyses". The e has a long sound because otherwise the two would sound the same. This seems to be a pretty solid rule for nouns whose singular form ends in "is" ...
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Pronunciations of different accent [closed]

Would it be possible for me to to listen different pronunciations in english. Regards, Aboli
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How do you pronounce the surname Derges [closed]

How do you pronounce the english surname of a famous artist-Derges
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Why is “agnostic” pronounced “ag-gnostic” as opposed to “a-gnostic”?

Gnosticism, for example, is obviously not pronounced with a hard g. As far as I know the modern English use of agnostic is said to have originated with Thomas Huxley, who surely would have been aware ...
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Why are the first syllables of “nature” and “natural” pronounced differently?

The two words nature and natural have the radical, why are they pronounced differently?
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Relaxed Pronunciation

As a court reporter & supervisor for 34 years our rule of thumb in the transcription of evidence, many people relax their pronunciation whilst on the stand, such as "gotta, kinda" but we've always ...
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Are American vowels drifting backwards?

I have 2 young daughters who like many their age are currently obsessed by "Frozen". I watched it for the first time last night and actually ended up googling to work out whether Elsa's sister is ...
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Pronunciation of street/road/avenue/etc. names

About three decades ago I read a book on English usage that was already quite old at the time—I think it was a 1940s book—which pointed out a pronunciational habit that I hadn't noticed before. The ...
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Why is “threshold” pronounced “thresh-hold”?

Why is threshold pronounced "thresh-hold"?
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No coffee, no workee - meaning

No coffee, no workee What does that expression exactly mean? And how do you pronounce it?
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What is the name for “pronunciation spelling”?

Dictionaries often have "pronunciation spelling" listed next to the word. For example: port·man·teau - noun \pȯrt-ˈman-(ˌ)tō\ What is the name for this alphabet/system? Is it a universal ...