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    Wink Different Pronunciation for They're and Their

    Hello all,

    I'm a relatively new teacher, teaching in Barcelona.

    A student asked me if there is a difference in pronunciation between they're and their. He pronunced they're longer and more like they + are but slightly more together (did sound like one word). He pronunced their differently again; shorter.

    I said in England people don't say them any differently (which I think is true), but I said I'd check to be 100% sure.

    Can anyone tell me if there is a difference in the accurate phonetics between they're and their?

    Thanks so much, regards,
    Claudio.

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    Re: Different Pronunciation for They're and Their

    Hello,
    Re they're and their: Americans and Canadians don't make a distinction either unless they're hopless pedants.
    Last edited by bds51; 10-Aug-2010 at 06:47.

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    Re: Different Pronunciation for They're and Their

    There's no difference in AusE.

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    Re: Different Pronunciation for They're and Their

    None in BrE that I know of.

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    Re: Different Pronunciation for They're and Their

    Hi.
    This might help you.

    "They're" and "Their will be /šeər/(BrE) and /šer/(AmE).
    *note that /r/ there is uppercase*

    I am convinced that there are no differences between They're and Their.
    But I think you can differentiate them using stress and intonation especially for They're.

    -Learning Teacher from Asia-

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    Re: Different Pronunciation for They're and Their

    We're talking about whether the words have different pronunciations within one variant and not whether there are differences between variants.

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    Re: Different Pronunciation for They're and Their

    It appears that there is no difference when pronouncing their and they're!

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    Re: Different Pronunciation for They're and Their

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    We're talking about whether the words have different pronunciations within one variant and not whether there are differences between variants.

    Could you please explain further about this statement.

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    Re: Different Pronunciation for They're and Their

    Different varients being American English and British English.

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    Re: Different Pronunciation for They're and Their

    Are those words homophones in American/Canadian/Australian, etc English? This is not a comparison of the differences between American English sounds and British English sounds.

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