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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"

  • And then there's the page / rage / assuage pronunciation. (Usage and outage employ the schwa.) – Edwin Ashworth Apr 19 '14 at 13:57
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The normal pronunciation is that of "usage". Nouns that are still felt as French words have the French pronunciation. The word garage has two pronunciations in BrE, and a third in AmE (different stress).

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