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Is the ‘t’ in ‘witch’ considered a silent t?

There's no rigorous or official definition of what a "silent letter" is. The sound represented by the letters "tch" in "witch" is what linguists call an affricate. These ...
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Where did the pronunciation of the word "kilometer/kilometre" as "kl OM iter" rather than "KILL o meeter" originate?

In compound words derived from Greek, the linking vowel -o- is often stressed when followed by two syllables, the first of which ends with a vowel: consider astronomer/-my, astrologer/-gy, biographer/-...
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How to pronounce Türkiye in English?

Anything except “turkey” The intent is to get English-speakers to stop saying “Turkey” (an earlier rendering of “Türkiye”), so any three-syllable rendering that’s close to “Türkiye” will be fine. ...
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Where did the pronunciation of the word "kilometer/kilometre" as "kl OM iter" rather than "KILL o meeter" originate?

It is very probably deemed to be "incorrect" in view of the pronunciation of "millimeter", "centimeter", "kilogram", "milligram", "kilohertz"...
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How to pronounce Türkiye in English?

The pronunciation of Türkiye is meant to follow more closely how the name is pronounced in Turkish. Which is Ter-kee-ye or Toor-kee-ya. The addition of a /je/ syllable at the end is pronounced ...
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How to pronounce Türkiye in English?

According to M-W the pronunciation when using the new spelling is \ˌtᵫr-kē-ˈye\. Click on the pronunciation guide at the link to hear it (I assume this is how it's pronounced in Turkish, as there's an ...
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How to pronounce Türkiye in English?

Based on dictionary entries, there is consensus for pronouncing it in three syllables, but no consensus about what vowel sound to use in the third syllable. The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary ...
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Is the ‘t’ in ‘witch’ considered a silent t?

Perhaps a comedy answer but honestly, I’ve always thought that “which” has a missing “t” whereas “witch” is perfectly sensible as written. Nothing silent there. In my view , it’s the ones WITHOUT the “...
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Where did the pronunciation of the word "kilometer/kilometre" as "kl OM iter" rather than "KILL o meeter" originate?

There are a lot of words with the suffix "-ometer". Many are quite specialised! I can appreciate that distinguishing among them would be made easier if the part before '...ometer' is ...
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How do you pronounce Greenough?

In Harvard Magazine’s 2000 Commencement and Reunion Guide article “Grace Notes” we find: When degrees have been conferred upon candidates from Harvard College to much jubilation, and honorary degrees ...
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Is the ‘t’ in ‘witch’ considered a silent t?

Some people pronounce "witch" the same as "which", that is, making the "t" silent. Others pronounce the "t", "witch". Your examples of words where &...
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Is the ‘t’ in ‘witch’ considered a silent t?

According to LPD (Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, 2008) the trigraph "tch" is regularly pronounced /tʃ/; this means that "tch" is not considered as t followed by "ch", ...
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Is the ‘t’ in ‘witch’ considered a silent t?

Apart from the fact that a few Americans still aspirate the /h/ in which (long gone in BrE), the full Oxford English Dictionary gives exactly the same pronunciations for both witch and which... which ...
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Where did the pronunciation of the word "kilometer/kilometre" as "kl OM iter" rather than "KILL o meeter" originate?

The word first appeared in French in 1795 OED A borrowing from French. Etymon: French kilomètre. From French kilomètre (1795): see kilo- comb. form and metre n.2 (The stress is marked by Webster (...
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How to pronounce Türkiye in English?

Wikipedia gives [ˈtyɾcije] and also provides a sound file spoken by a native Turk. "Turchia" is the 12th century name and is not too far from the current requested pronunciation
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How to pronounce Türkiye in English?

The ending couldn't be the same as the ending in Turkish, that is /je/, as this sound is not found in English as an end sound. It could be /ˈtɜːk aɪ/, as silent letters are not an unusual occurrence ...
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How would an English speaker pronounce "valid" with a circumflex over the A?

This is neither a French, nor an English, nor afaik any other language word. If it were French, it vaguely would sound like vaaalid [the 'a' as in car, annyway]. Maybe in English it was "valid ...
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