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What is the pronunciation of “the”?

I've noticed that the word the is not always pronounced in the same way depending on the sound of the next word. I think it may be like the word a/an:

  • an for words starting with a vowel sound: e.g. owl, honest person
  • a for words starting with a consonant sound: e.g. dog, user

Is there any rule for this? What would be the exact sound for each case (please give a similar word with the same sound to have an idea)?

marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt Mar 31 '11 at 10:08

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  • @RegDwight If it is closed as exact duplicate, could you indicate a link to the similar question asked before? I've searched before and I haven't found it. – Juanillo Mar 31 '11 at 10:14
  • The link is at the very top of your question, where it says “Possible Duplicate: What is the pronunciation of 'the'?”. I know it's not immediately obvious due to being formatted as a quote. There's a bug report on meta. – RegDwigнt Mar 31 '11 at 10:18
  • @RegDwight OK, thank you very much and sorry for the duplicate question. – Juanillo Mar 31 '11 at 10:20