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final letter “y”, following a vowel, yet representing another syllable

Is there a word in English, in which the final letter "y", while following a vowel, would represent another syllable? For example, in the words "worry", "story", "...
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Pronunciation of ‘deduce’ as duh-DOOS

When I look up some dictionaries, the pronunciation of the word 'deduce' is /dɪˈduːs/, but it is pronounced as duh·doos ([dəˈduːs]). Is there a rule when to pronounce the vowel /ɪ/ like that?
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Do native English speakers pronounce every final letter when speaking fast? [closed]

I came across situations where it looks like they don't pronounce the final letter of every word in a sentence? Personally, I feel that skipping the final letter somehow seems beautiful? What is the ...
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Why 'TEFL" is pronounced with Schwa /tef.əl/ although it's an abbreviation? [closed]

Why 'TEFL" is pronounced with Schwa /tef.əl/ although it's an abbreviation? What is the logic behind this of insertion a schwa sound?
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“Constructor” pronunciation debate [closed]

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 /ˈkɑn.stɹʌktəɹ/ of which ...
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Does /ŋz/ at the end of the word sound [ŋgs] with a hard 'g'?

The combination ŋ + -s in words like things, songs, sings etc. Is there a hard 'g' sound between ŋ and the -s (/z/)?
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Does /eɪ/ sound make a slight 'y' sound in the word “DAY”?

I am really confused with this sound /eɪ/ It seems that it has a /j/ or 'aaaay' sound when it is at the end of the word like: Day - /deɪ/ pray - /preɪ/ Also with words like Played Some people (non-...
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What is the difference between /ɔ/ and /ɑ:/? [duplicate]

Why they write the word 'Call' as /kɑːl/ (Cambridge) And some others, they write it like /kɔl/ (Collins) So, are they the same in American English?
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can vs can't distinction, and can't followed by a vowel sound

Edit: I am talking about American English, particularly the one spoken in the Western United States I understood from this post that there are mainly these ways to distinguish between the two: the -...
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Why do we write /-ɪŋ/ instead of /-iŋ/?

When pronouncing words like "thing", "sing", or any word ending in -ing, I say it and have heard it as "eeng", which would be transcribed as /iŋ/. However, every ...
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Can a sound or phoneme be an affix?

I was thinking that a sound or phoneme might go on, after, or before a word like the sound 'oh' going after the word 'that' or 'game' which might make the words 'thatoh' or 'gameoh' So I thought or ...
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Assimilation of /v/ followed by /f/

How do English speakers pronounce "I've found"? Is it pronounced like /aiv faʊnd/ or /aif faʊnd/?
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Pronunciation of 'pronunciation' with an intrusive T

According to the dictionaries, pronunciation is pronounced pruh-nuhn-see-ey-shuhn. However, do native English speakers really say [see] instead of [tsee] even when talking fast? For instance, I hear [...
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How to pronounce “used the” in the USA?

He changed the music style to fit trend and used the media as his new tragedy This above a line from a movie but what I heard instead of 'used the' was like 'use the'. So I wonder what's the right ...
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Segmental -> [sɛɡ|mɛnt“ə”l] Can I omit the “/ə/” sound?

segmental [sɛɡ|mɛntəl] Can I omit the /ə/ sound? Due to another dictionary's pronunciation [seɡˈmentl]
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Are the phonemes [i] and [i:] “allophones” of the phoneme [ɪ] in General American?

Are the phonemes [i] and [iː] "allophones" of the phoneme [ɪ] in General American? Why does the phoneme [ɪ] sound like [i] or [iː] in some words? Example words: it x sink. The phoneme [ɪ] ...
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Why are there three pronunciations for the plural “-s”?

I know all the pronunciation rules for the plural -s endings. After a voiced sound, it is z, after an unvoiced one it is s, after s, sh, ch it is iz. In phonetic notation, respectively, /z/, /s/, /ɪz/....
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Why would the word “hooked” end with a “t” sound?

On the Cambridge dictionary website, if you search "hooked", the US IPA given is /hʊkt/. and if you click the audio button, it does indeed end with a "t" sound, I know the spelling ...
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Does the word “discharge” sound more like /dɪstʃɑːʳdʒ/ or /dɪsdʒɑːʳdʒ/?

Does the word discharge sound more like /dɪstʃɑːʳdʒ/ or /dɪsdʒɑːʳdʒ/? How about exchange or disproportion? Do they sound more like /ɪkstʃeɪndʒ/ or /ɪksdʒeɪndʒ/? /dɪsprəpɔːʳʃən/ or /dɪsbrəpɔːʳʃən/? I ...
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Why is “threepenny” pronounced as THREP.NI?

First of all, "threepenny" is a British word meaning "costing or worth three pence". It's quite an uncommon word. If you haven't heard it before, I'm pretty sure you would ...
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How to pronounce “changed”?

When pronouncing the word changed, how to do that? It is giving me a hard time because of the G and D part. It is so difficult to pronounce. Can I skip the G and pronounce chaned or what is the ...
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Why is “iron” pronounced “EYE-URN” but not “EYE-RUN”?

I just noticed that the word iron is pronounced EYE-URN in standard Englishes instead of what the spelling suggests. I have always been pronouncing it "EYE-RUN" but I just checked its ...
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What are the subtle differences between all these phonemes regarding the letter or sound “a”?

I'm a Spanish native speaker and to me, all these phonemes sound quite similar. What are the little details that make these sounds different?
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On the meaning of YgUDuh by E.E. Cummings

I'm currently trying to understand E.E. Cummings Poem "YgUDuh": ygUDuh ydoan yunnuhstan ydoan o yunnuhstand dem yguduh ged yunnuhstan dem doidee yguduh ged riduh ydoan o nudn LISN bud LISN ...
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Why is the t in “often” silent?

Cambridge online dictionary pronounces "often" without the "t" but also gives the pronunciation with the t. I checked in many other dictionaries but it is silent. UK: /ˈɒf.ən/ /ˈɒf....
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Are /s/ and /z/ really distinguishable at the end of a word?

I know /z/ is voiced and /s/ is not, but many times I heard /s/ when it should be /z/. For example, the word "yours", according to IPA, should be pronounced yourz /jɔːz/, but I almost always ...
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How to pronounce the “n” in “wasn't really…” fast?

When people say "wasn't really" really fast, does the tongue position for /n/ in "wasn't" exactly the same as an usual /n/? (like in this description.) I ask this question because ...
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Pronunciation of past participles of words that end with 'thed' (e.g. bathed)

How does one pronounce past participles in -thed, such as "clothed" and "bathed" in British English? Are there more than one correct pronunciation? A Cambridge dictionary said [-ðd]...
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Which one is correct–ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒɪz or ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒɪs?

To me, it is expected to get /ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒɪz/ for languages in the phonemic transcription though the last consonant is completely voiceless in the pronunciation of the speakers here. You can check it by ...
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Does a following consonant cancel the preceding consonant?

According to a tutorial, we can link /d/ to /t/ or /t/ to /d/ in speech, for example, I need two kilos of shrimp. the /t/ sound in "two" cancels the /d/ sound in "need". She ...
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Expressing potayto-potahto, tomayto-tomahto correctly in writing

There's a saying expressing that the presented concepts are distinct without a difference. It's based on the pronunciation of potato and tomato. How would one go about writing that differnece in an ...
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How to tell the stress of a word and what do commas mean in IPA?

/ˌmiːdɪˈəʊkə/, /ˈmiːdɪˌəʊkə/ These two pronunciations differ only by apostrophe and comma. What do these signs mean and where can I listen to this difference? And another question about IPA - how can ...
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Teacher pronunciations — /ˈtiː.tʃə(r)/ and /ˈtiː.tʃɚ/

Why Cambridge English dictionary gives two pronunciations for "teacher" and Lexico gives only one? Teacher (CED): /ˈtiː.tʃər/ and /ˈtiː.tʃɚ/ Teacher (Lexico): Only /ˈtiːtʃə/ Does teacher ...
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Why is “don't you” pronounced “dontcha”?

When I watch movies sometimes I feel the pronunciation for don't is not /dəʊnt/ or /doʊnt/, instead it's something similar to /doʊntʃ/. For instance here: Don't you see I wonder is this something ...
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Is the '/r/' sound 'alveolar' or 'palatal' or 'retroflex'? [closed]

In phonetic classification, Is the '/r/' sound 'alveolar' or 'palatal' or 'retroflex'?
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Which phonetic alphabet represents the this sound?

Which phonetic alphabets represents the sound of 'u' in words like 'truck'? My real name includes written 'sam' but it is read as 'sum'. So I want to know what could I write between s _ m to make it ...
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Is the word “Violet” sibilant?

I'm arguing with a guy about this. He says the T at the end is sibilant, and he pronounces it as "violets" I don't know English grammar well enough to be certain, but from my Googling, it doesn't ...
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The reading of the word

I'm interested in the next information. Is it possible to read the word 'via' ['vaɪə] like a latin variant ['vɪə] in English?
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Is / l / in “whole” dark or clear?

Is / l / in “whole” dark or clear? I know that a clear ( or palatalised ) / l / is in a prevocalic position; nonetheless, I also know that the dark / l / ( or velarised ) is usually at the end of ...
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IPA natural classes, what makes a natural class? [closed]

What makes a natural class in phonology? Can we consider [k, x, q,χ] a natural class in phonology? I think it can because they are all dorsals. Is that true?
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how to change spelling to make a silent e sound

My name is June and I am Basque (North of Spain). My name is pronounced almost like in English except for that the final e is not silent. How do a write my name phonetics to show people how to ...
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What are the key phonetic differences between British English and Australian English?

Due to historic reasons, they are somewhat similar (for example, both British and Australian speakers usually pronounce 'a' in words like 'hat' as [a] instead of [æ] as Americans would do). However, ...
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Pronunciation of the word “restaurant”

How should the word "restaurant" be pronounced in BrE? Does the "t" in the end give a sound?I know that in Cambridge Dictionary "t" is written in the transcription, however, I heard the opinion that ...
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What's the second d in “didn't”, phonetically speaking?

Should we pronounce the second d in "didn't"? What happens to the sound, phonetically speaking? In British English it seems to merge with the n to produce something which isn't on the standard ...
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About “dark l” sound in daily conversation

Could you please tell me that if you really make the dark l sound in words like “call” “wall” “fall” or “hole” in daily conversation, like you can feel the movement of your tongue, or just do it when ...
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How to pronounce thing and thought?

My dictionary says thing /θɪŋ/ thought /θɔːt/ but when listening to native speakers, I hear it like thing /fɪŋ/ thought /fɔːt/ Do I hear it wrong?
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Can fluent English speakers distinguish between “steel”, “still”, and “steal”?

Can fluent English speakers understand this sentence the first time they hear it? What? They still steal steel? Can they hear a difference between the pronunciation of the words still, steal, and ...
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a problem with Alphabet Phonetic in Longman dictionary

I know vowels have short and long sounds. In the Longman dictionary it has been displayed. But on this webpage, I don’t know what is the difference between /ɪ/ and /i/ and /i:/ ? (for example in “bit”...
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Is there any problem in pronunciation of words with Phonetic Alphabet?

I have pronounced the English words with Phonetic Alphabet(in the site ldoceonline.com) for almost 1500 words and I have improved very well. But I didn't see anyone that uses this method for a large ...
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How to tell apart a long “oh” and a long “oo”?

In this comic there's a long "ooooooh" at the end. How can I tell if it's a long "oh" (/o/) or a long "oo" (/uː/)? I thought it could be the 'h', but I don't think I've never seen "ooooooo" anywhere....