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    Default cough ['kof] or [kaf]

    Do we ever pronounce cough as [kaf] or is it always [kof]?

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    Default Re: cough ['kof] or [kaf]

    I'm not sure what you mean by [kaf] and [kof], but there exist two pronunciations of the word which employ the vowels denoted in Ukrainian by "о" and "а" (according to Wikipedia, I never studied Ukrainian phonology).

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    Default Re: cough ['kof] or [kaf]

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I'm not sure what you mean by [kaf] and [kof], but there exist two pronunciations of the word which employ the vowels denoted in Ukrainian by "о" and "а" (according to Wikipedia, I never studied Ukrainian phonology).
    I was asking if "O" in the verb cough is sometimes prounounced as "A" depending on that English speaking country the speaker comes from.

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    Default Re: cough ['kof] or [kaf]

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I was asking if "O" in the verb cough is sometimes prounounced as "A" depending on that English speaking country the speaker comes from.
    I know of only two pronunciations, /kɒf/ and /kɔf/.

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    Default Re: cough ['kof] or [kaf]

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    I know of only two pronunciations, /kɒf/ and /kɔf/.
    The first is the standard BrE pronunciation, the second the standard AmE.

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    Default Re: cough ['kof] or [kaf]

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I was asking if "O" in the verb cough is sometimes prounounced as "A" depending on that English speaking country the speaker comes from.
    Ostap, it's impossible to know for sure what you mean by "O" and "A". These letters can denote various sounds.

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    Default Re: cough ['kof] or [kaf]

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Ostap, it's impossible to know for sure what you mean by "O" and "A". These letters can denote various sounds.
    "a" like in father and "o" like in saw?

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    Default Re: cough ['kof] or [kaf]

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "a" like in father and "o" like in saw?
    Are you serious? If any misguided person is tempted to answer this question, they will be assuming that you pronounce those words accurately - and that so does anyone else reading this. Your question has been answered several times, and if you learn to use the IPA (I don't honestly see how anyone can learn any foreign language without - it's really a tiny investment in effort for a huge return) you will find out the answer. Saying 'sounds like X' is a recipe for making mispronunciations systematic.

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    Default Re: cough ['kof] or [kaf]

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Ostap, it's impossible to know for sure what you mean by "O" and "A". These letters can denote various sounds.
    "a" like in father and "o" like in saw?

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    Default Re: cough ['kof] or [kaf]

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "a" like in father and "o" like in saw?
    You asked precisely the same question at 12.15. What has changed in the meantime?

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