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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.

Eg:

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".

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  • 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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