pronunciation of “a”
I would like to know the pronunciation of a in the expression make a difference. Is it like a in ate or like a in about?
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Will Hunting is right. Not enough rep to up vote...
Just some more notes: in rapid speech, this the "uh" sound in uh-bout (about) is represented by the ə (schwa) or the ʌ (IPA). Vowels tend to gravitate toward the laziest form of pronunciation (at least in American English... I say this as an American). The "uh" sound represented by the schwa or caret is one of the first sounds you can make as a child; thus is it one of the easiest.
Another example of this would be the pronunciation of the word "butter." Americans use a "flap" to where it almost sounds like "buder." That flap is quicker than enunciating it (like in UK speech) where the "t" is pronounced as "t." Side note, same vowel sound (ʌ).
I didn't really have much to add, but since I can't up vote yet, I added a lot of useless (hopefully interesting) information.