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    Hi,

    What is the correct pronunciation of "OF"?

    ...it has unvoiced /f/ sound at the end or a voiced /v/ sound at the end??

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation of "OF"

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    What is the correct pronunciation of "OF"?

    ...it has unvoiced /f/ sound at the end or a voiced /v/ sound at the end??

    Thanks
    I have always pronounced and teached it with a final /v/ sound, contraposing to off which as a final /f/ sound. I would like to read the native speakers on this important point to confirm it (or not).

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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation of "OF"

    /ʌv/

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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation of "OF"

    of: /v/
    off: /f/

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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation of "OF"

    Note that the vowels are not the same.

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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation of "OF"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Note that the vowels are not the same.
    what is the difference in vowels in "OF" and "OFF"...?

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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation of "OF"

    I wrote "of" above (of and above rime). In off, we have either /af/ (AmE) or /ɒf/ (BrE and most Commonwealth areas.)

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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation of "OF"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I wrote "of" above (of and above rime). In off, we have either /af/ (AmE) or /ɒf/ (BrE and most Commonwealth areas.)
    In British English and even in some parts of US the vowel sound ( ) for both "OF" and "OFF" are same, am I correct?
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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation of "OF"

    Perhaps in some BrE dialects, I know only 2 of the many. I haven't heard anything other than /ʌv/ in RP or AmE.

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    Default Re: Correct pronunciation of "OF"

    Most commonly heard are: ə,əv, əf

    ɑv, ɑf are heard when rhythm demands. JC Wells call it buttressing.

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