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    Default Pronunciation - ate

    Hi Everybody,

    Tell me how do you pronounce the past tense of eat, "ate"? There are two versions of pronunciation I have ever heard before....

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    Default Re: Pronunciation - ate

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Hi Everybody,

    Tell me how do you pronounce the past tense of eat, "ate"? There are two versions of pronunciation I have ever heard before....

    WYH
    What's wrong with the online dictionaries? you can get your answer there. Here is a link to Cambridge Dictionary in case you don't know.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation - ate

    Or this one, which has someone to pronounce the words for us:

    Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus

    This one is even better, type the sentences and click the button:

    [web translator

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Or this one, which has someone to pronounce the words for us:

    Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus

    This one is even better, type the sentences and click the button:

    [web translator

    I just wanted to know, in the real world, how many people would pronounce "eɪt"and how many people would pronounce "et"?

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    I'm in the 'real world' and I pronounce it [et] or [ɛt]. I don't know how I would choose which I say, just depends on who I'm talking to I guess.

    I should point out here that I'm using IPA symbols. I've noticed that dictionaries use the vowel /e/ to represent the vowel I would write as /ɛ/. See this link for a pronunciation of the sounds.

    http://web.uvic.ca/ling/resources/ip...lab/IPAlab.htm

    My accent is Scottish English, which has hardly any diphthongs.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation - ate

    Quote Originally Posted by Linguist__ View Post
    I'm in the 'real world' and I pronounce it [et] or [ɛt]. I don't know how I would choose which I say, just depends on who I'm talking to I guess.

    I should point out here that I'm using IPA symbols. I've noticed that dictionaries use the vowel /e/ to represent the vowel I would write as /ɛ/. See this link for a pronunciation of the sounds.

    The International Phonetic Alphabet - Audio Illustrations

    My accent is Scottish English, which has hardly any diphthongs.
    Do you know how RP speakers pronounce ""eɪt" or "et"?

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    Default Re: Pronunciation - ate

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Do you know how RP speakers pronounce ""eɪt" or "et"?
    Extreme RP (the sort that omits the /l/ in "golf"), has /et/. Quite a few speakers of British English use the version with the diphthong. As extreme RP used to be drummed into schoolchildren, most (older) people alternate. As schools aren't like that any more, younger people use the diphthong. (When I said things like /et/ during my teaching practice, I was accused by the students of 'talking posh'.)

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