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In the UK we say 'plus' for the + sign, and 'minus' for the - sign. I suspect it is the same in US schools. Pronounce mathematical symbols In US English, a 'straight A' student is one who has achieved an A grades in every subject taken. We can use 'straight', mainly informally. to mean 'following one after another without an interruption; consecutive'. ...


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In the U.S. the word is pronounced in at least two different ways, even among people working in the high tech industry where this word is most frequently invoked. Both pronunciations you mentioned are both possible and enjoy similar popularity. Merriam Webster includes three different pronunciations. /ˈdeɪtə/ /ˈdætə/ /ˈdɑːtə/ In the U.S. you can ...


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The A always sounds like an O. I never hear it pronounced like an A. It's the U that you hear disappearing in regular everyday speech. Sometimes it's briefly pronounced, but often not at all. You can see this described in this YouTube video. You might hear the U if someone specifically emphasizes that word in a sentence. I'm a native English speaker from ...


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Assuming ‘calculatable’ was intended: this will be accepted as valid but non-ideal spoken English by most hearers. ‘Calculable’ would be better, but there is a reason why your lecturer used the alternative. There is a tendency to use -able as a suffix to completely unmodified verbs in spoken English. Language is a statistical entity. Informal language ...


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It's not that the final syllable is enunciated differently in those specific words (the full OED gives just the /ɪs/ ending for all three of your examples). It's just that some speakers, in some contexts will reflect the standard pronunciation of the single-word form less (/ɛs/) in these "combined" forms (especially if they're concentrating on the written ...


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I think the advice you received means to pick one accent to learn and use yourself when speaking. The point of this is to simplify your learning. If you have to learn two different ways of saying everything then it will take you a lot longer to reach proficiency. There are many other places where English is spoken with other accents as well (Australia, ...


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