I asked a question just now.

she pronounces "would need" as /wudnt/.

A nice answerer @Weather Vane says:"I pronounce it /.../".

So, is it unnecessary to put an "as" when use the word "pronounce"?

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    You don't need to use "as" after "pronounce" and also not after "consider."
    – Jan
    Feb 25, 2020 at 10:20

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"As" is used in comparisons, so you would only need to use it if you were comparing the pronunciation to another word.


You should pronounce the word "would" as "wood".

However, even if there were no comparison and you were giving a pronunciation guide which is not actually another word, in spoken English it doesn't always feel natural to say two identically pronounced words next to each other, and I believe that many speakers would insert "as" anyway, just to break the two up and make their speech clearer.

Having said that, I don't feel your question is actually about pronunciation. "Wouldn't" is a contraction - not an alternative pronunciation of "would not".

  • Your answer is very helpful. Thank you. Does pronunciation guide refer to some kind of IPA like /wudnt/?
    – WXJ96163
    Feb 25, 2020 at 12:29
  • @WXJ96163 Yes exactly that.
    – Astralbee
    Feb 25, 2020 at 13:48

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