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    Question Strong or weak form of "Us"?

    Hi there

    What do you think of this sentence?

    His personal belief is that language is as instinctive to us as flying is to geese

    I think it is strong form. But I also have some consideration for the weak form. I can't explain why.

    Then which one is it?

    |ʌs| or |əs| ?

    Ernesto

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    Default Re: Strong or weak form of "Us"?

    Nobody to answer?

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    Default Re: Strong or weak form of "Us"?

    Well, in the end. It was the weak form. Thanks anyway

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    Default Re: Strong or weak form of "Us"?

    You could pronounce it either way, depending on your desired stress: if you stress instincive, us is weak. If on the other hand you prefer to stress the human / geese dichotomy, then us and geese are both stressed, and us i strong.

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    Default Re: Strong or weak form of "Us"?

    When listening to English, in addition to different styles of speaking and regional dialects, you will find that some words are pronounced differently by the same people. This is because some words are particularly stressed in the sentence. A lot of words have 'strong' and 'weak' forms depending on of they are stressed or not.



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    Default Re: Strong or weak form of "Us"?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    You could pronounce it either way, depending on your desired stress: if you stress instincive, us is weak. If on the other hand you prefer to stress the human / geese dichotomy, then us and geese are both stressed, and us i strong.
    Quote Originally Posted by bingu View Post
    When listening to English, in addition to different styles of speaking and regional dialects, you will find that some words are pronounced differently by the same people. This is because some words are particularly stressed in the sentence. A lot of words have 'strong' and 'weak' forms depending on of they are stressed or not.



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    Got it! Thanks for the answers

    Ernesto

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    Default Re: Strong or weak form of "Us"?

    It's nearly always weak in expressions like 'Give us a break' - in fact in very informal speech the whole /vǝ/ syllable is sometimes dropped and you get /gɪsǝ/. But even here, context may call for the strong form: 'Give us a break for once, instead of giving them all the cushy jobs.'

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