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When using the English language "always" is very rarely applicable. You will invariably find an exception to any rule. However, where the prefix de- is being used to indicate removal of something, as in your examples, the pronunciation is with a long vowel dee-. This applies in most regional variants of English. If the word simply starts with de, for ...


Syllabification side point This is a side point, but one thing to keep in mind is that even with a short i sound, "decode" would not be pronounced like "Dick-oh-d". You may have heard a rule about "short" vowel sounds being grouped with a following consonant, but that rule only applies when in syllables that have some degree of stress. A short vowel sound ...


I can't seem to find a suitable way to describe how I pronounce "sixth" using IPA. Perhaps someone who's more adept with IPA can help with that. A little introduction: When we put together sounds, like the "ks" of "x", we generally have to use different (active) mouth parts for each sound, otherwise they won't work. The active mouth parts would be the lips,...

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