I have a debate with my friend on the pronunciation of “constructor” word that he claims there cannot be a pronunciation which is of IPA phonetic as following unlike mine that


of which ˈkɑn part is the ongoing debate. He says I have never heard such a pronunciation. That part must be either kɒn or kən yet not kɑn. We are not native speakers.

Further, I claim that there can be such usage since I see from the link on which contruct’s noun form is spelled as kɑn.

Could you provide your ideas, if possible, along with a video/conference link which is in favor of mine (no pun intended)?

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    Google: How to pronounce constructor. There are several helpful sites Jul 3, 2021 at 15:11
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    I don't understand IPA vowels, but the first syllable will either have the schwa vowel, or it will be the same as "con" meaning a fraud or deceit.
    – The Photon
    Jul 3, 2021 at 15:25
  • Asking about pronunciation of one word is off-topic as it can be looked up in a dictionary
    – gotube
    Jul 3, 2021 at 22:31

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The noun construct is pronounced /ˈkɒn.strʌkt/ in British English and /ˈkɑn.strʌkt/ in American English, but the verb construct is pronounced /kənˈstrʌkt/ in both. The agent noun constructor is derived not from the noun but from the verb construct (the suffix -or is chiefly attachable to verb bases) so it's pronounced /kənˈstrʌktə(r)/. I've never heard /kɒnstrʌktə(r)/ or /kɑnstrʌktə(r)/.

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