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    Exclamation Pronunciation of "The"

    Hi,

    What is the correct pronunciation of "the"?

    Does it have a long vowel sound "ee" or a schwa at the end?

    Is there a rule?

    I have heard there is a rule however, it is obselete and is not followed, am I correct?

    Thanks

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    Re: Pronunciation of "The"

    Yes, it has a long vowel sound "ee" when the following word begins with a vowel.

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    Re: Pronunciation of "The"

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    Yes, it has a long vowel sound "ee" when the following word begins with a vowel.
    And when it begins with a consonant sound??

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    Re: Pronunciation of "The"

    before a consonant : a schwa at the end.

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    Re: Pronunciation of "The"

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    before a consonant : a schwa at the end.
    I heard from someone the the distinction is blurred and to simplify things, it is advised to always use the "The" with a schwa at the end...
    "The" with long ee sound though can be used to emphasise and stress on something..

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    Re: Pronunciation of "The"

    In all cases the correct pronunciation of "the" is a schwa at the end. Only when the following word begins with a vowel, it must be pronounced with the short sound /I/ or the long sound /i:/.

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    Re: Pronunciation of "The"

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    I heard from someone the the distinction is blurred and to simplify things, it is advised to always use the "The" with a schwa at the end...
    "The" with long ee sound though can be used to emphasise and stress on something..
    Have a look here.

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    Re: Pronunciation of "The"

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    What is the correct pronunciation of "the"?

    Does it have a long vowel sound "ee" or a schwa at the end?

    Is there a rule?

    I have heard there is a rule however, it is obselete and is not followed, am I correct?

    Thanks
    Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

    the /ə ; before vowels i ; strong iː /




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