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Correct Choice of First Vowel in Words Such as "Regret" and "Return"

Is it acceptable in formal American English to pronounce the first vowel in regret, realize, and return with /ɛ/ as in DRESS¹, as opposed to with /i/ as in FLEECE²? DRESS /ɛ/: the open-mid front ...
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Is the /jʊɹ/ phoneme being streamlined to /jɚ/ in General American?

The following words have the UR and URE graphemes representing the /jʊɹ/ phoneme. uranium security curious Europe fury mural cure/pure/demure failure tenure figure But for many of the above words, ...
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American pronunciations of "practice" [duplicate]

American Pronunciations of "practice" Oxford advanced American English: /ˈpræktəs/ https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/practice_2 Oxford advanced ...
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Is hilarious pronounced /hɪˈlɛriəs/?

For the word hilarious, the pronunciation transcription in the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary is /hɪˈlɛriəs/ but if I click on the speaker icon, I hear /həˈlɛriəs/. Am I listening to it wrong or ...
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Why is the "A" in some adverbs silenced?

I'm an English learner, and I have had this question troubling me for a really long time. In the word "magically", we do not pronounce the "a", so it is pronounced just "magicly," like most adverbs ...
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Can the schwa sound predict spelling?

More specifically, I was wondering whether the schwa sound can predict which vowel to use in spelling? For instance, does the schwa sound predict "a" spelling more than "e" spelling? I noticed that ...
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When is it legit to reduce a vowel in speech?

I want to say peppermint ˈpɛpəmɪnt as pɛpəmənt What, if anything, determines whether I can do so, besides accent?
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When to reduce and when not to reduce a vowel ([ɪ] & [i])

Most of the time people reduce vowels in speech when these are not stressed, but sometimes these unstressed vowels are fully pronounced, too. For example, most people reduce the [ɪ] to schwa and say /...
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What exactly is the "schwa" sound?

What exactly is the "schwa" sound? As a non-native speaker, I hear this sound as not being a pure and clean sound. I mean I know that every vowel sound may vary depending on whether the syllable is ...
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When two open-front vowels meet, does one become, typically, weaker?

. . . at last [ət-lӕst] . . [audio source] I guess, from the two lots’ pronunciations, that when [ӕ] is accompanied by [ӕ], one which is lesser important in meaning becomes weaker and change into a ...
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