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    Default Pronunciation of "Basically"?

    Hi All,

    I'd like to know the correct pronunciation of "Basically", I always hear people say "Basic li" seems the "a" is silent....but sometimes I hear people say "Basic cle li" with "a" sound.....I wanted to know which one is correct? By the way, there are many words with "~cally", like Automatically, Practically, Clinically, Vertically.....their "a" should be sounded or not?

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    Last edited by Williamyh; 24-Nov-2009 at 07:18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Hi All,

    I'd like to know correct pronunciation of "Basically", I always hear people say "Basic li" seems the "a" is silent....but sometimes I hear people say "Basic cle li" with "a" sound.....I wanted to know which one is correct? By the way, there are many words with "~cally", like Automatically, Practically, Clinically, Vertically.....their "a" should be sounded or not?

    William
    They're both correct. Most people wouldn't bother with 4 syllables, and would pronounce them similarly to 'publicly'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    They're both correct. Most people wouldn't bother with 4 syllables, and would pronounce them similarly to 'publicly'.
    As you are native speaker, how do you say "Basically"? Would you sound the "a" sound?

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "Basically"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    As you are native speaker, how do you say "Basically"? Would you sound the "a" sound?
    No, not the second one.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "Basically"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    As you are native speaker, how do you say "Basically"? Would you sound the "a" sound?
    William, refer to Basically Definition | Definition of Basically at Dictionary.com for an audio answer.

    I would not pronounce the 'a' in basically! I would say "bey-sik-lee"

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "Basically"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Hi All,

    I'd like to know the correct pronunciation of "Basically", I always hear people say "Basic li" seems the "a" is silent....but sometimes I hear people say "Basic cle li" with "a" sound.....I wanted to know which one is correct? By the way, there are many words with "~cally", like Automatically, Practically, Clinically, Vertically.....their "a" should be sounded or not?

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    cally --> kli

    Just stick with that.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "Basically"?

    Agreed. You only pronounce the A if you have a peerage, write for the Times of London, and participate in Nato conferences.

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    Hello There!
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    For me whether or not you are successful will depend to quite a large extent on your age. If you are under, say, 12 years old and move to the south, then you will quickly sound like your new peer group; if you are 20 plus, then you'll probably always have a Yorkshire accent, to a greater or lesser degree.
    Books and CDs are no good for this sort of thing - you need constant feedback, which means a tutor.
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